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Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)

Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller | 18 August 1972 (Italy)
A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Luciano Martino (story), Sauro Scavolini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edwige Fenech ... Floriana
Anita Strindberg ... Irina
Luigi Pistilli ... Oliviero
Ivan Rassimov ... Walter
Angela La Vorgna ... Brenda
Enrica Bonaccorti ... Hooker
Daniela Giordano ... Fausta
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice ... Madam
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Libraio
Nerina Montagnani Nerina Montagnani ... Molinar
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti
Franco Nebbia ... Inspector
Riccardo Salvino Riccardo Salvino ... Dario
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Storyline

Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Verona, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 August 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Lea Film See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a reference to Sergio Martino's earlier giallo The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) ("The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh"), in which the same phrase appears in a mysterious note apparently sent by a killer. See more »

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Fausta died with closed eyes, but on the photo of her dead, her eyes are open. See more »

Quotes

Floriana: Incidentally, is it true you slept with your mother, Oliviero? When you were already grown up, I mean.
Oliviero: Is it true about you being a two-bit whore?
Floriana: Well, they might be considered two bits well spent.
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References The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) See more »

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That Darn Cat
21 October 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

For those of you sitting with their trousers round their ankles and a Kleenex nearby waiting for Edwige - she don't turn up until half an hour into the film.

Sergio Martino once again proves he actually might be the master of the giallo by presenting us a film that mixes in the gloved killer of babes standard plot with the late sixties plot of rich folk fighting over money with a bit of Gothic Horror mixed with a whole lot of domestic abuse for good measure. Plus: Edwige Fenech! Anita Strinberg is the bitter, abused wife of drunken novelist Luigi Pistilli and often suffers from his violence and humiliation, mostly in front of a bunch of hippy jerks from a nearby commune. Luigi has recently lost his mum and is a bit messed up about it, even though local folklore has her as a whore who loved to receive expensive jewellery from her lovers. Luigi also likes to get it on with his black maid and a young chick from the local bookstore.

Further troubles to add to Anita's miserable life is the black cat that Luigi owns called Satan, who constantly follows Anita around and attacks her, plus the sickle wielding murderer who is now slashing his way through the female cast. Worst still, Luigi's niece Edwige Fenech turns up as a randy hippy! Look out Luigi! And Anita! And the local delivery guy! I forgot to mention Ivan Rassimov, who is hanging around staring at things and has white hair, which is never explained.

This is a very well handled film that balances Luigi Pistilli's madness and violent abuse of Anita with a giallo plot (which is solved well before the end!) plus other elements of the old 'inheritance' plot. It's not overly violent but Edwige Fenech adds to the sleaze with her everything goes character, and I'm sure Luigi never regretted 'mashing her paps' as it were.

There's much more going on here than I'm letting on. Martino seems to grasp what folks want from a giallo and duly provides, but it's his next film that almost reaches perfection, which is the film Torso.


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