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Le Foto proibite di una signora per bene (Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) Reviews

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½ September 4, 2014
Disappointingly weak, even by giallo standards.
½ March 27, 2013
Another classic by Ercoli.
August 27, 2012
This film really brings all of the Giallo tropes to the forefront and makes amazing use of them, front the gorgeous Euro-babes to the sleazy killer and amazing locales, this film has it all. Luciano Ercoli is a great director and of the four films I've seen from him, none have let me down.

Great film, great soundtrack, well worth a look if you have the opportunity.

Recommended.
½ March 21, 2012
Let's hear it for lurid yet somehow classy titles.
June 12, 2011
A stylish and sleazy giallo with a decent twist ending.
January 4, 2011
Solid and stylish giallo thriller. Not really among the best, but fans of the genre will find plenty to appreciate. Nice score by Ennio Morricone.
½ November 7, 2010
Mysterious and reclusive director Luciano Ercoli is a somewhat underrated Italian director that made a handful of quality giallo murder mysteries in the early 70's. His most memorable film is the wonderful "Death Walks at Midnight" but his first foray into the genre was the exhaustively long titled "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" and he proves that even at the beginning of his career he had a knack for making good suspense mysteries.

The plot starts with a housewife of a successful business man being cornered by a potential rapist that tells her that her husband was a murderer and that he killed a business partner that he owed money to. She later finds out that one of her husband's business partners was mysteriously killed and then she is phoned by the mysterious man who blackmails her with a recording of her husband admitting to the murder. She agrees to pay the man and even offers up her body but his blackmailing doesn't end there. With the help of her nymphomaniac friend (the beautiful Susan Scott), she has to escape the potential killer and find out the truth about her husband.

Unlike other giallo specialists like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Sergio Martino, Luciano Ercoli's style is a bit more restrained. By this I mean his films rely less on graphic violence and gore and focuses more on plot. Though his films are less violent he still has plenty of sensual nudity that may be tame by today, but back in 1970 this would have been quite shocking and controversial. His style is a bit more elegant compared to his counterparts and his films are beautiful to look at but giallo fans looking for some more extreme elements when it comes to violence and sleaze are better off looking someplace else.

The cast is wonderful and the most memorable is the best friend character played by the gorgeous Susan Scott (real name Nieves Navarro). Navarro was the real life girlfriend of director Luciano Ercoli and I usually despise when directors cast their lovers in pivotal roles. However here it's great as not only is Navarro great to look at, but she's a good actress to top it off. She was so memorable in this film that Ercoli would cast her in the main role in many of his gialli to come.

If I had to make a complaint it would have to be that the film does tend to drag a bit. These dull moments and for the fact that the film is more restrained compared to other films in the genre makes it not as memorable or re-watchable as such films of let's say Dario Argento. It still has a good plot and a wonderful twist at the end.

Fans of Italian gialli will definitely dig this film but fans of the more extreme films that the genre has to offer will find "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" lacking and a bit dull. It's still wonderfully made with a great cast and will make a fine addition to any DVD collector's shelf.
September 20, 2010
Decent giallo but not as violent as most of the other flicks made around that time. Excellent soundtrack and a good little mystery.
February 19, 2010
what it lacks in gore, Forbidden Photos more than makes up for in sexual intrigue, its feisty script and glossy cinematography, and above all, Dagmar Lassander's array of cripplingly beautiful outfits and sezzy looks
½ October 16, 2009
I'm a fan of "giallo" so, my vote is biased.
August 3, 2008
Decent giallo flick that is well directed and follows in the line of films like The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh in that it examines the nature of fidelity and perversion. Nice surprise at the end to that I, at least, didn't see coming.
½ June 22, 2008
Very understated giallo but watch out for some incredibly un-PC dialogue. Fashion victim Ercoli fills this one chock-full of far-out early 70's Italian fashions. Ciao!
½ March 2, 2008
A fairly routine giallo about the wife of a businessman who is being blackmailed by a mysterious stranger. Morricone's lush music score is a big plus point.
February 29, 2008
The lighting for this film was splendid personally as were the shots. Not lurid, not sexual and few murders, the thrill was very smoky, it is best watched when high, not meant to be attentive, that's personally why I like it, the plot is complex but it doesn't distract or irritate you.
½ January 28, 2008
En bra italiensk giallo med allt vad det inneb√?¬§r; Tveksamma sk√•despelarinsatser, kultig musik, tidstypiska milj√∂er etc.
½ November 22, 2007
Despite its lurid title, this efficient entry into the giallo omnibus is refreshingly not as sleazy as its fellow constituents. That's not to say it has not sex and violence (it does), but it's kept to a low level, thus forcing the film to rely more on plot and narrative to carry it. However, the plot is only serviceable, with a few red herrings and mildly clever twists to keep you interested, but is not strong enough to carry a whole movie upon its shoulders. As a result, the film is interesting but not too involving. Not bad giallo but hardly memorable (though I would watch this over some a disgusting, perverted film by the likes of Fulci any day).
October 30, 2007
Dette er ikke Ercoli`s beste film, men et godt utgangspunkt for hva som skulle komme etter denne. Nydelig visuelt, men ender opp som en litt rotete blanding av "Death Walks At Midnight" og "Death Walks In High Heels".
June 21, 2007
photo feet for women
April 28, 2007
I will like to have my ratings
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