Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Verona, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.Written by
Even though Edwige Fenech gets top billing, she doesn't appear until 32 minutes into the film. See more »
Medium and long shots of the motorbike race indicate the race is taking place in completely overcast weather, but close-up shots of Floriana and other spectators show them bathed in bright sunlight. See more »
Incidentally, is it true you slept with your mother, Oliviero? When you were already grown up, I mean.
Is it true about you being a two-bit whore?
Well, they might be considered two bits well spent.
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"Don't You Think That My Way Of Making You Feel Sleepy Is Far Nicer?!"...
Author, Oliviero Rouvigny (Luigi Pistilli) is, simply put, a vile pig. His long-suffering wife, Irina (Anita Strindberg) endures most of his abuse, along w/ his vast array of lovers and mistresses. When one of them is slashed to death, Oliviero is suspect number one on the police inspector's list, along w/ the horde of hippies that hang out at the writer's enormous estate. When another murder takes place right in the mansion, Oliviero decides to cover it up. What could all of this have to do w/ Oliviero' mother? Annnd, what's going on w/ her old gown? Annnnd, just what is the deal w/ that irascible black cat, named "Satan"? Enter Floriana (Edwige Feneche- THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS), a long-lost relative, who just happens to come for an extended visit. Her stay definitely livens up the place, for Oliviero AND Irina! Meanwhile, more vicious attacks occur. YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY is a classic, suspenseful giallo w/ some wicked twists and turns. Ms. Faneche is both seductive and strong in her wily role, while Pistilli plays Oliviero as the perfectly washed up hack he's become, plagued by his addictions and weaknesses. EXTRA CREDIT FOR: #1- Ms. Strindberg and her... metamorphosis! #2- A grand finale for the ages! Great stuff!...
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