Le foto proibite di una signora per bene Film Details
Overview: The wife of a financially struggling businessman is blackmailed by a mysterious man into having a sadistic relationship with him, or he will release damning evidence which suggests that her husband is a murderer.
Tagline: A triangle of friendship, love, sex, and, perhaps, murder.
Review: The Forbidden Photos of a Lady above Suspicion is a Giallo that is different to what most fans will be used to, as the graphic, over the top murder scenes have been scrapped in favour of a sexually charged plot line. I was worried that this might not work out, as murders are a key element of this sort of film for me – but to my surprise, Luciano Ercoli has turned out another first rate Giallo that makes up for it’s lack of blood with a constant stream of intrigue. The film works from a script by Giallo luminary Ernesto Gastaldi, who manages to keep every other Giallo trademark besides murder in the film. The atmosphere is charged with desire and frustration, and the central plot; which features blackmail, sex and mystery makes best use of its array of amoral and perverse characters. The film focuses on Minou; the attractive wife of a businessman named Peter. The story picks up when Minou is attacked by a stranger on a beach who informs her that her husband has committed murder and blackmails her into sleeping with him. The plot then takes another turn when the assailant furthers the blackmail with pictures of their rendezvous… Luciano Ercoli is never going to get huge respect from Giallo fans simply for the fact that he hasn’t made a great deal of films; but it seems that the ones he has made get rated down too often, and just like Death Walks at Midnight – Forbidden Photos is an underrated Giallo. The director does an excellent job of ensuring that Forbidden Photos fits the plot in terms of look and style. The lighting and scene setting is excellent, and the upper class locations bode well with the central cast of characters. The acting is also surprisingly high quality with Dagmar Lassander impressing in the lead role. She is joined by Pier Paolo Capponi who takes the sinister role of her husband, while the cast is rounded off by the talented Susan Scott, whose husband and director Luciano Ercoli allows her to steal every scene she’s in. The bisexual element of Scott’s character fits the film well, and provides more perversion to the already sleazy atmosphere. The plot is significantly less convoluted than most Giallo’s, but if you ask me; this is a good thing as it allows the director to put all the implications of the story across without being bogged down by plot details. Overall, this is a great Giallo film and while I know that it’s high praise – I really wouldn’t hesitate to list it alongside Gastaldi’s collaborations with Sergio Martino in a list of premium Giallo films. Highly recommended!
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 96 min
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Also known as: Грязные фото для дамы вне всяких подозрений,The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion,Forbudte fotos,Fotos Proibidas,Apo pagida se pagida,Días de angustia,Frauen bis zum Wahnsinn gequält,Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene,Le foto proibite di una signora per bene,I enohi nyhta ton ekviaston,Photo interdite d’une bourgeoise,As Fotos Proibidas duma Senhora Bem,Kohtalokkaat kuvat,Days of Anguish