Not a giallo really, more of a Eurocrime triangle drama, minimalistic
but interesting with fine ensemble acting from the cast. I had not heard
actor Jean Luis Galiardo before, but he's good as the loverboy and Curd
Jürgens in contrast is very well known, and he was good in this
tormented cuckolded old husband. Rosalba Neri is great as alwas, the
italian sex symbol that ruled every film she took a part in, a talented
Her very frequent nudity scenes may make some people forget that, yes,
me too as she's .... eeh, spectacular.
I've recently viewed her in the funny gothic B-horror Lady Frankenstein
(read about this in my Horror film page 1) and she ruled there too.
Poor Ronald Marvelling
Curd Jürgens plays Mr. Marvelling, a rich old man
and widower who falls head over heels in love with one of his daughter's
the luscious redhead Alexa/Alecsa. She's much, much younger than the
old man and his daughter Catherine (Emma Cohen) worries about
Alexa being just a gold-digger on the prey for his money. In a flashback
we get to see how Catherine and Alexa was friends in Paris.
Catherine even visits a family friend for advice of how to free Ronald
from Alexa's clutches
But, it's too late. Alexa is already married to Ronald
and she has got herself a lover, Pietro (Jean Luis Galiardo) and they
in the Marvelling summer villa at the beach (up in Normandy?), frolicking
on the beach, displaying Rosalba Neri full frontal nudity and having
sex in the marital bed. Yes, they are having a swell time and in a prolonged
flashback we see how Ronald got to know about her infidelity.
He's a cuckolded old tired man and both Alexa and Pietro seems to think
that he actually tolerates their love affair. Pietro even suggests that
killing off the old goat would be a great idea, and Alexa agrees, BUT
what they don't know is that old Ronald has got some
tricks up his sleeve and a big surprise is coming for them.
Presented in anamorphic widescreen with an italian 2.0
DTS-HD audio with english subtitles (according to the audio commentary
audio version exists). Soundtrack by Piero Piccioni. Extras:
An alternate Spanish version in spanish audio DTS-HD 2.0 with english
subtitles (yes, that means without the Rosalba Neri nudity) and a
longer intro title sequence, an audio commentary in german without any
subs with some german guys, alternative intro and end credits
(and with yet another title - La femmina del Falaropo), textless opening,
B- Roll ( - and another title again - Belva sensa gabia) with love
scenes Neri & Galiardo, Music Track and a Booklet with text about
the ST composer Piero Piccioni