Fine psychological crime drama, great looking and a bit arty with a
nice soundtrack and with the gorgeous Adrienne Larussa in the main role.
She's very good as the revengeful disturbed rich girl and i just can't
take my eyes off her .... wow! She seems to have had a very brief movie
career in italian film, i.a. Lucio Fulci's powerful Beatrice Cenci in
1969, made the same year as this film and 2 great films they are, and
nothing until she re-appeared on american TV and then had a career in
TV series. Well, she was insanely gorgeous.
Or, is she not that good ? Am I hypnotized by her physical presence
? No, she's good and the film looks great, a bit artyish as suitable
1960's movie. I found this film in an "alternative market"
DVD release and the picture has perfect quality, and this same version
of the film can
be seen on Youtube also. There are 2 versions on this US DVD - 1. The
Italian language one with english subtitles and in perfect quality,
2. the English language one from Alpha Blue Archives, a bad quality
one blurry and with washed out colors.
The versions differ some as another director added some Larussa nudity
and a different intro to the english version.
Above: Adrienne Larussa and Nino Castelnuovo
Licia Brignoli (Larussa)
is the daughter of a rich industrialist (played by Rozzano Brazzi, also
the director and co-writer of this interesting film)
and when she have had sex with her boyfriend Mario (Nino Castenuovo,
seen in many genre films as later e.g. the 1975 Nude per l'assassino)
in a hotel of bad reputation (a whorehouse) journalists are waiting
outside and photographs them when leaving the place.
Mr. Brignoli is wealthy and famous and has just opened a new factory
with the help of some politicians of power, and in a 1969 bigoted catholic
Italy his young daughter having sex in a whorehouse could cause a big
scandal and hinder his bussiness future. What to do?
The Family, Mr. Brignoli, his daughter Giovanna (Paula Pitagori) and
her husband Francesco (Alberto De Mendoza) decides to put Licia into
mental asylum for treatment of her "condition" and by doing
this rescue the family honour and dampen the fury of the papers.
When Licia, after her time at the asylym, returns home
she's met by a family that seem to be ashamed of their actions, of what
agony they may have
caused her. Licia is acting strangely, alternating between being playful
and childish and being threatening and full of mischief. Licia will
her father, sister and brother-in-law or her scheming boyfriend and
she's out for revenge. Welcome to the Fucked up Unhappy Rich
There's a scene with the opening of a public swimming-pool
which her father has sponsored, and a pop band is playing. The guitarist
looks quite a
bit like a young version of Italian singer/songwriter and composer legend
Franco Battiato, he has the same nose. If so, he's uncredited and i
find any info anywhere that he appeared in the
film. There are not many 1960's pictures of Battiato to be found, the
guitar guy have exactly the same
nose as Battiato but their hairstyles seem to differ some and Battiato
may've looked more progressive (what?) than this flower power looking
Most surely i'm the only one in the whole world who ponders over this
mystery, and you poor readers are probably bored to death?
The Mystery of the 2 different Versions
The English language version differs from the Italian
one with some scenes shot by another director. The opening credits are
different and the intro
scene too, the latter with Licia, at the asylum, telling her story in
flashback to her doctor and there's another theme song played too.
But the most eeeh ... interesting difference is the bathroom sequence.
Below Adrienne Larussa can be seen with bubbles in the italian version
But, in the english version (with alternative scenes
shot by ... Ted Kneeland ?) Larussa takes her bath in another bathroom
and in a tub without
bubbles where she can briefly be seen nude and enjoying herself with
the showerhead (see pics below in washed out quality)
So, a somewhat arty looking crime-drama-thriller from
1969 at the fringe of the Gialli genre, and with a GREAT ending scene
that stays in
your mind - A Family Hell. Kudos also to actor-director Rozzano Brazzi
and to the LOVELY Adrienne Larussa. Recommended viewing
This "alternative market" DVD is presented
in original 4:3 fullscreen ratio with italian audio and english subtitles.
Very nice picture quality
Also there's the english audio version added, a bit different and with
crappy picture quality (but nice to get to have that too)