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Il dolce corpo di Deborah (1968)

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 ... See full summary »

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Romolo Guerrieri

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Ernesto Gastaldi (story), Luciano Martino (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Atmospheric thriller with (a sensuous) Ms. Baker leading the picture
4 July 2017 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"The Sweet Body of Deborah" follows the American Deborah (Carroll Baker) who marries Marcel (Jean Sorel) in Europe. The two go to Geneva on their honeymoon, but find their marital bliss disrupted over accusations that Marcel caused his ex-girlfiend's suicide.

The first of many horror and giallo films that Carroll Baker made in the late 1960s–mid-1970s in Italy, "The Sweet Body of Deborah" is one of the more amusing ones—significantly melodramatic, and bolstered with atmospheric set-pieces and cinematography. The first half of the film feels fairly one-note, but it begins to gain steam at the midway point. Lush cinematography of the Geneva Alps contrasted with the sunny atmosphere of Nice leaves the film visually interesting.

The film was clearly dubbed in post-production (in English no less, the language it was shot in in the first place), so there is a disconnect between the filmed performances themselves and the vocal supply that leaves something to be desired. In any case, Baker seems to be enjoying herself here, playing the sensuous new bride who finds herself in grave danger. Jean Sorel is watchable as her hunky leading man.

Overall, "The Sweet Body of Deborah" is a decent giallo mystery with light tinges of horror. It's a treat for fans of Baker, but stands on its own as a solid early entry in the Italian thriller subgenre. Not a masterpiece by any means, but a surprisingly amusing, atmospheric romp. 6/10.


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