Amore e morte nel giardino degli dei

1972 [ITALIAN]

Drama / Mystery / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.2 10 308

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818.41 MB
1280*682
Italian 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 29 min
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Reviewed by HumanoidOfFlesh 6 / 10

Okay Italian psychological thriller.

An ornithologist imprisoned in a villa with a large park finds a tape which features traces that could be traced back to a massacre some time ago.Sauro Scavolini's "Amore e morte nel giardino degli dei" was photographed by Romano Scavolini of "Spirits of Death" and "Nightmare" fame.The film is well-acted and offers a nice amount of nudity.There are traces of giallo and Gothic melodrama in the plot.The finale is especially memorable,because it's violent and bloody.Various characters are killed with a sword or shot to death.Lovely Erica Blanc provides a bit of delicious sleaze and Sauro Scavolini directs with a sure hand.6 out of 10.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 6 / 10

beautifully photographed

So typically early seventies that when the cropped crochet top appears it is almost as if it is a joke. Many and varied fashions of the time aside this is a languorous film, again very much of the period, with much very pretty photography and much talking. Much talking about brother and sister and husband and brother and sister once more. Yes, of course, incest is more than hinted at and the fleshy scenes, incestuous and other are again beautifully photographed. Its just that it is apparent very early on that this is really not going anywhere and slowly at that. Erika Blanc is as good as ever and truly has to carry most of this film because she is simply the most interesting thing about it. The young male lead, Peter Lee Lawrence, I understand played in a lot of spaghetti westerns so I just trust that he made more effort in them as he seems not to in this. Maybe he just found the ponderous dialogue too much to bother with. For all my harsh words, the look and Erika mean you can't dislike the thing and at least it doesn't outstay its welcome.

Reviewed by Bezenby 7 / 10

Interesting, arty, field recordings

Another Giallo that takes the unusual approach of having two simultaneous storylines taking place: One in the present, involving an old professor who rents an abandoned villa from a shifty administrator to take some field recordings like the Hafler Trio and ends up finding some crumpled cassette tape hidden underneath a tree. It's on these tapes that the other story unfolds: that of Erika Blanc in psychotherapy sessions with her doctor regarding why she decided to attempt suicide (a scene we see at the start of the film).

Erika once lived in the huge villa the professor now finds himself in and has a bit of a strange set up going on. She lives with her drunken husband but also seems to continually be playing mind games with her friend Manfredi, including teasing him on her wedding day, rejecting him, slapping him around, and throwing in the odd snog for good measure. It's only later she reveals that Manfredi is her brother! Incest, eh?

Yes - it's one of those "In the Folds Of The Flesh" type films that seem sick to us outsiders but are very common to those rich folks who can afford giant villas in Italy. Be warned, although this film does eventually fit into the giallo mould, it also has leaning towards to the artful too, which means a lot of symbolism, characters looking moody, and staring.

That said, it's still a giallo, as we don't get the full story from the cassettes and the old man suddenly finds himself listening to a cassette made by a past character while he was out in town! The last half an hour is where this film gets going, with a sudden outburst of bloody violence and a grim ending we've all come to expect at this point. You've got to be in the mood for a film of this pace, however, but luckily, I was. The beautiful (once again!) giallo cinematography certainly helps.

Peter Lee Lawrence stands out here as Manfredi. Up until this I thought he was just some kind of Germanic bland spaghetti western actor, but there you go.

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