Romolo Guerrieri directs a story of love, sex and revenge, and it begins in Geneva. Jean Sorel is a hunky italian, Marcel, who are on a honeymoon trip with his wealthy American wife Deborah, played by the great Caroll Baker. In Geneva they run in to Philip (Luigi Pistilli), and old friend of Marcel but he claims that Marcel is the reason that Suzanne (Ida Galli) killed herself a couple of years back. Marcel haven't told Deborah about this before, but explains everything to her. Before they leave Geneva, Marcel notices that Deborah have met Philip at a nearby restaurant, but she says it was because she wanted to talk about it and make Philip stop it. They continue the trip to Nice, but something is wrong, and is Philip still following them...? Or is everything just the imagination of Deborah? Or Marcel?
I've heard that Lenzi directed a similar movie the same year, with the same actors, but I haven't seen it so I can't say if that one is better than this - but I guess that's is the case. Lenzi is a more stylish director than Guerrieri, and has a stronger fascination for sadism and violence. But this is far from a bad movie. The plot is good and it's never boring, but a bit slow. But when nothing's happen, there's always a fun disco-scene or something else to be entertained by. And by "something else", I mean a trippy two-person game of Twister! Probably the weirdest (and out-of-place) scene in the whole movie.
Jean Sorel is an old favourite of mine, both handsome and a good actor, and Caroll Baker is convincing as Deborah, though the character is a bit underwritten. The character reacts in a strange way, and her supposed descent into a nervous breakdown (she takes pills for her nerves), but it's built up too fast and never seem to belong in the storyline. Ida Galli is cool and beautiful in the flashbacks and Luigi Pistill is a good bad guy - and with that look it's almost like he was born to be a bad guy!
Fin De Siècle Media has releases, with the help of distributors Njuta Film, an anamorphic DVD. It has an english language track and forced swedish subtitles. The print is uneven. Some parts are darker and grainer, while most of it looks quite good. The sound is clear, but at once point a word is missing from the track, which I don't know is a technical problem or just that the english dub is different than the italian one. There's some scratches, especially in the beginning of the movie. For me this doesn't mean anything really, because it's a fairly obscure movie and it looks way much better than the old Skåne Video-release I owned once.
This is a story driven giallo without any bloody murders or to nasty sexual situations, but don't be scared. It's a good movie with some nice twists and cool actors. A must in the collection. So, Fin De Siècle Media, bring on the next release! I'm ready!