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The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968)

Il dolce corpo di Deborah (original title)
A newlywed couple returns to Geneva to visit the husband's home town. There he is accused of being responsible for his ex-lover's death and the couple starts receiving threats.

Director:

Romolo Guerrieri

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (story), Luciano Martino (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Deborah
Jean Sorel ... Marcel
Evelyn Stewart ... Suzanne Boileau
Luigi Pistilli ... Philip
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Police Commissioner
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ... Telephone Man
Mirella Pamphili ... Telephone Clerk (as Mirella Panfili)
Domenico Ravenna Domenico Ravenna ... Doctor
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Garagista
Giuseppe Ravenna Giuseppe Ravenna ... Maitre d'Hotel
George Hilton ... Robert Simack
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A young newlywed couple from America returns to Geneva to visit Marcel's home town. Once there he is informed of his former lover's suicide and in turn is subjected to threats that accuse him of being responsible for her death and further, threaten his new fiance's life. George Hilton plays a peculiar neighbor with voyeuristic tendencies who has an obsession with Deborah. Written by ez

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Riddle, riddle, Debbie in the middle. Surprise, surprise, guess who dies? See more »


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Italian censorship visa # 51074 delivered on 15-3-1968. See more »

Quotes

Deborah: Alright Robert Simack, now why don't you go and paint? Paint a worm in the apple.
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Soundtracks

Molto tempo fa
Music by Nora Orlandi
Sung by Paola Orlandi
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La Baker does it again
4 October 2002 | by SuperwonderscopeSee all my reviews

IL DOLCE CORPO DI DEBORAH bears a strange resemblance with Umberto Lenzi's COSI DOLCE...COSI PERVERSA. Same lead actress (Carroll Baker), same plot, same twist ending. Made the same year...who is the copycat? Not important after all, the Lenzi's flick being far more superior in suspense & quality.

For about an hour or so, we follow newlywed Carroll Baker and husband Jean Sorel thru the Swiss Alps, Geneva, the swiss countryside... guess the Swiss authorities paid a lot to make their country have a sufficient screening time to get noticed. No plot at all, just beautiful shots of the mountains & the city. Then some hot sex scenes between Baker & Sorel. Then back to some über-chic club. Then some more hot sex. And, oh, there's Luigi Pistilli accusing Sorel of driving his ex Susan to suicide. That's the beginning of the plot. then they're getting scared by strange phone calls. Oh, er!

La Baker is viewed under any possible shot (no frontal nudity, though :these are the 60's), she can scream all right. But she really doesn't know what she's doing. Obviously, the screenplay either, as it doesn't know how to handle such screen presence. The editing doesn't help, as it jumps from flashy 60's shots of a nightclub atmsophere (flashy camera angles, too) to loooong face to face dialogues between the two leads. No rythm is given, which leads to some boredom after the first half hour.

The last 30 minutes are a bit more satisfying, as the suspense grows thicker, the rythm accelerates and the story really begins. Too bad it comes too late.

Romolo Guerrieri is not a great director here. He's just a man following Luciano Martino and Mino Loy's orders : show more Carroll Baker and to the hell with the story (who cares anyway). No special talent, no great use of the anamorphic screen (Cromoscope here). No specific direction of actors. Just plain average.

But it's not bad (in a Mattei way), it's always fun if you're into some 60's/70's sexploitation mood. (S)Exploitative indeed : the black stripper as an arty-sex show is ridiculously long and may seem infuriatingly mysoginistic today. Mizar's strip in Giuliano Carmineo's PERCHE QUELLE STARNE GOCCE SUL CORPO DI JENNIFER? avoids this trap by eing a victory over machismo. This is pure pre-giallo routine.

But you can't help looking at screen wondering how come someone like Carroll Baker made this in 1968 after HOW THE WEST WAS WON, CHEYENN AUTUMN or HARLOW.

Better stick to the Lenzi territory for some sexy-giallo stuff. COSI DOLCE...COSI PERVERSA is a really better choice.

Superwonderscope says : 5


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body See more »

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