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The Dark Side of Love (1984)

Fotografando Patrizia (original title)
The sexual relationship between a successful woman and her brother, an introvert, hypochondriacal youth, who is also a pornophile.

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Salvatore Samperi

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Massimo di Luzio (story), Riccardo Ghione (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monica Guerritore ... Patrizia Viani
Lorenzo Lena Lorenzo Lena ... Emilio Viani
Gianfranco Manfredi Gianfranco Manfredi ... Franco Alessi-Emilio's Teacher
Gilla Novak Gilla Novak ... Michelle-The Model
Saverio Vallone Saverio Vallone ... Arrigo-Patrizia's Lover
Svevo Samperi Svevo Samperi
Raffaele Fornaro Raffaele Fornaro
Emanuele Fornaro Emanuele Fornaro
Andrea Trevisan Andrea Trevisan
Matteo Briga Matteo Briga ... (as Matteo Brigida)
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The sexual relationship between a successful woman and her brother, an introvert, hypochondriacal youth, who is also a pornophile. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 December 1984 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Askin Karanlik Yuzu See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy

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1.85 : 1
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Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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too hot to dub!
24 August 2001 | by garwySee all my reviews

i watched this in english as the 'dark side of love'.

both the dubbing and the sleeve conceal the (crucial) information that the lead female and male characters are brother and sister, referring to patrizia as a 'governess'.

while not a great film (some of the setting is lazy and a few of the scenes use nudity to cover for slack characterisation) it is a film with several near unique virtues.

the sub-incest theme is not handled pruriently, instead the reticence of the two lead characters pushes them towards a talked flirtation (patrizia's brother talks her into a series of sexual adventures, she in turn talks to him about her sexual history).

adding a clearly imaginary dimension to a straight skin-flick produces something a lot richer than either would have been on its own.

definitely a must watch, if only for the way it makes you re-evaluate your response to so many other erotic movies


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