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The Conspiracy of Torture (1969)

Beatrice Cenci (original title)
A young Italian noblewoman plots with her lover and her family to murder her abusive father leading to an uproar in the community and the Roman Catholic church set in 16th Century Italy.


Lucio Fulci


Lucio Fulci (screenplay), Lucio Fulci (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Olimpo / servant
Adrienne Larussa ... Beatrice Cenci (as Adrienne LaRussa)
Georges Wilson ... Francesco Cenci / Beatrice's father (as George Wilson)
Mavie Bardanzellu Mavie Bardanzellu ... Lucrezia / Beatrice's Stepmother (as Mavi)
Antonio Casagrande Antonio Casagrande ... Don Giacomo Cenci
Ignazio Spalla ... Catalano / bandit (as Pedro Sanchez)
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Prospero Fadinacco (as Max Steffen Zacharias)
Raymond Pellegrin ... Cardinal Lanciani
Massimo Sarchielli ... Gasparro
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... 3rd Excellency
John Bartha ... 2nd Excellency
Giuseppe Fortis Giuseppe Fortis ... The Chaplain
Gustavo D'Arpe Gustavo D'Arpe
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Inspector
Alfio Petrini Alfio Petrini


In 1599 Italy, Beatrice Cenci is the teenage daughter of the crazy landowner and nobleman Francesco Cenci whom he keeps his daughter locked up in the dungeon of his castle for his plaything, sexually abusing her when he feels like it. Beatrice then plots with her stepmother, her besotted servant Olimpio, as well as a local bandit, named Catalano, to plan Francesco's murder.

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Biography | Drama


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Italian censorship visa # 55002 delivered on 13-11-1969. See more »


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Flesh and blood
10 July 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I do not go much for Fulci's horror movies which remain very inferior,IMHO, to those of his Italian colleagues (Dario Argento and Mario Bava).But this one ,by keeping the horror sequences to the minimum (the tortures scenes do not last long fortunately),is eminently commendable.

The cast includes two French actors :one of them ,Georges Wilson ,a very earnest stage thespian ,and the father of Lambert Wilson,is very unexpected here ,and his part of the violent perverse noble who rejoices cause two of his sons are dead so he won't have to feed them anymore and who imprisons his daughter in a dungeon is quite impressive .The other French actor is Raymond Pellegrin in a supporting role.Adrienne Larusso is incredibly beautiful as Beatrice Cenci and Thomas Milian gives a restrained effective performance.

The plot is not easy to catch up with ,because the director blends present and past without the traditional codes .No transition most of the time.Besides ,there are many characters ,and many of them are underwritten (Beatrice's brother for instance)

It's a film of blood and fury,the monsters are everywhere :Francesco Cenci is terrifying but so is the Holy Office whose goal is to appropriate the Cenci's fortune.

Like this?try these....

Flesh and blood (Paul Verhoeven,1985)

The devils (Ken Russel,1970)

La monaca di Monza (ERIPRANDO Visconti,1968)

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September 1976 (USA) See more »

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Filmena S.R.L. See more »
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