A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una lucertola con la pelle di donna, 1970)

US Mondo Macabro Blu-ray edition



Text below written 2016-09-09


A Giallo Classic
filmed in London and shot beautifully by Ubaldo Terzano (no one mentions his work anywhere for
some unknown reason) and with the wonderful, just wonderful actress, Brazilian Florinda Bolkan and other fine
actors as Leo Genn. An inspired soundtrack from Ennio Morricone doesn't make it any worse either.
Great locations in London used inspiredly by Lucio Fulci in 2 gorgeous chase scenes, and let's not forget about the
top-notch special effects from the Team of Carlo Rambaldi and Franco Di Girolamo, in the stabbing of Anita Strindberg,
with the vivisectioned dogs and with the horde of bats attacking Florinda in the chase scenes. That's the way to do it
Mr. Rambaldi, Respect! How great Suspiria undoubtedly is, Dario's repeat of the bat attack on Jessica Harper's Suzy
Bannion is much sloppier made. Rambaldi used electric bats and this must be one of the best Bat Attacks in a horror film

OK, i had a hard time following the plot and i still don't know why Joan was murdered? And then i've seen this film many
times before when watching the Shriek Show editions on DVD.
But, the who dun it plot is not the important thing about this giallo, or any giallo really, it's the style, the atmosphere. The
face of Florinda Bolkan, the camera work, the music and the gory special effects. The Macabre Lure of the Giallo.

Carol Hammond (Florinda Bolkan) is a rich woman married to lawyer Frank (Jean Sorel) and with a teenage stepdaughter,
Joan (Ely Galleani) and they live in a stylish apartment in a rich part of London. Their apartment is filled with oil paintings by
Francis Bacon (today worth a huge fortune). But, not everything is well with the Hammonds or the house.
Overstrung Carol is suffering from psychedelic erotic dreams involving her neighbour Julia (Anita Strindberg), and these
dreams are shown in a fascinating and stylish way by Fulci. In the dream Carol murders a nude Julia with a paperknife,
and later Julia is found dead just the way Carol has dreamt.
As her fingerprints are found on the murder-weapon and her fur is found at the side of the body, Carol is arrested by the
police, lead by a whistling inspector (Stanley Baker), but why should Carol murder her neighbour, and who's the red-
haired hippie (Mike Kennedy) following Carol ? And, i'm not sure about the plot here myself ?

Question: Who was the man on the roof with the rifle? A policeman? Why should a policeman be placed on the roof?
A civilian/hunter shooting pigeons or something or a man with a rifle being there just on chance?
Or, a man in the act of killing someone in another giallo movie shot parallell to this one maybe?

Florinda Bolkan

Florinda Bolkan: What a face, what a face she had/has. For me, a huge personal favourite in the Gialli genre (yes, i like
Edwige Fenech too, just gorgeous .... and Barbara Bouchet, and Suzy Kendall, and Helga Liné and ....) with the Super
trio of A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Don't Torture a Duckling and Footprints on the Moon. Great actress.

Anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1, english or italian audio dub mono with english subtitles (i chose the english one as this
sounded more natural), and observe that the dubs differs from each other also in what the actors are saying. So, if
you have the english audio on with the english subs, the latter differ from the actual audio.
This phenomena often happens when a disc has 2 language dubs with subtitles, the actors may have different names
in a italian or whatever dub compared to the english, and this can be somewhat confusing.

Blu-ray Extras:

A new commentary track with Kit Gavin and Pete Tombs that is great, 2 genre nerds and very informative about
the film and the cast and crew and else,
Fulci: Day for Night (32 minutes) Antonietta de Lillo - where Fulci talks about his career and life. Very entertaining,
including an attack on Argento, and many interesting anecdotes. Probably made in 1994 (Lucio Fulci died in 1996)
Shedding the Skin (33 min) documentary from 2003 by Kit Gavin (maybe Shriek Show material) with Penny Brown
and Mike Kennedy (hippie couple in the film), Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Carlo Rambaldi and Franco DiGirolamo
When Worlds Collide (29 min, 2015) interview with Fulci expert Stephen Thrower
From Burton to Baker (12 min) interview with Tony Adams, Radio spots, alternate opening credits, trailers 5 min

 

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