Isaacs Picture Conclusions

GIALLORAMA! THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION (1970) THREE TOP HATS

With a name like that and an alluring poster like this, this movie has to be good, right? Right? Right? Well this wasn’t too bad but it suffered from a little bit of timidity, I think. From the slip case and the descriptions and reviews I read about this after I ordered it it sounded like some sort of depraved porno (which is not why I ordered it, thank you) but this was pretty mild compared to the other movies of this type that I have seen. Sure it’s got a couple of smoking hot Italian women in it (Dagmar Lassander and Nieves Navarro) but they leave it all on and just get a little suggestive, for the most part. As for any absurd Giallo action? Nope, not really. There’s a little excitement towards the end but that’s about it. This is mostly just a drama / mystery that doesn’t have a lot of meat in it, but it’s shot really well and it kept me entertained. Usually when I read about these movies written by other people, they always tend to talk about how much they loved Ennio Morricone’s score but, honestly, the music has always kind of irritated me to no end. I thought that it wouldn’t be right to not mention that I kind of liked his music in this one, so there you go.

This is what allured me to this film: “A triangle of friendship, love, sex, and, perhaps, murder. Minou is newly married to Peter, a businessman in debt as he works to bring a new product to market. They met through Dominique, sexually voracious, Minou’s best friend, and Peter’s former (and possibly still) lover. A stranger accosts Minou one night on the beach while Peter is away. He tells her that Peter has murdered a business associate and blackmails her into sleeping with him. He compounds the blackmail with photos taken of their tryst. To Minou’s surprise, this same stranger is in a pornographic photo Dominique has imported from Denmark. Is this all a game, and if so, who’s behind it?” And, I guess, that’s what we get, but very PG-ish and I usually like my horror a little more R Rated. A little more “Solange-y”, if you will. But, oh well.

So, we open with the wonderfully named Minou (Lassander) taking a bubble bath and talking to herself about how today she is quitting smoking, drinking and taking tranquilizers.  Well, she gets out, dries off and then smokes, drinks and takes a few pills and then heads down to the beach for a walk where she certainly is accosted by a dude carrying a stick with a knife on the end of it. “I’m going to make you beg for my passion!!” he advises her and then tells her that her husband Peter (Pier Paolo Capponi) is a murderer and lets her go. Soon, Peter is back from wherever he was and she tells him all about it and he thinks she just needs to let it go and they head home to wherever they live and let me tell you it’s swanky in the best 70’s style swanky furniture and decorations you can imagine. Introduce Dominique next (Navarro), a sultry body of hotness that just got back from Denmark where she had some nudes taken of her (this is about as racy as this gets) which she shows to Minou and – WTF – in one of the pictures is the guy who threatened her on the beach! Aw shit!

Before too long, the guy is calling her house and blackmails her with a taped recording of her husband talking about killing someone and she gets some implied sex ala “You are my slave and you will beg for my passion!!” and slaps her around a little bit. Just when she thinks it’s all over he shows up at her house with pictures of them kissing and now she has to do him again and turns to Dominique for help. They offer him 20 grand to lay off but he won’t do that and everything is hopeless so she tells Peter about it, they get a local cop and head to the blackmailer’s apartment. Of course it’s empty so everyone thinks she’s gone apeshit and what’re we going to do now and all of that business. I’d hate to ruin the surprise ending here, so I won’t, but it was kind of different than some of the other Italian Horrors I’ve watched and I liked it. So, yeah, this wasn’t too bad, but I would have liked it a little bit, uh, “saltier”.

6 comments

  1. “….it sounded like some sort of depraved porno (which is not why I ordered it, thank you)….” Yep, and I totally didn’t watch “Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural” purely on the promise of lesbian vampires either….(that also totally failed to deliver). I think I might pass on this one. I like the 70s swank you mentioned but other than that sounds too boring and not enough awful (or good) to watch…

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    • theipc

      that actually made me LOL!! HAHAHAHAHA! I think you’re safe to pass on this. I don’t think you’ll be missing anything. There’s something about the seventies that I just love (well I grew up in them – yes I’m old) and these Italian jobs have some sort of allure to them. They are pretty much hit or miss (mostly miss) but I’ve liked a couple them a good deal. If nothing else. I can say that I’ve watched movies with some of the most absurd names ever!

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  2. Why are the plots of these movies always so confusing? I know the Italians aren’t known for plot but did anyone ever actually solve a mystery or commit a crime that was this convoluted in real life?

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