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So Sweet... So Perverse (1969)

Così dolce... così perversa (original title)
Jean, a rich Parisian socialite, comes to the aid of a frightened young woman (Nicole) who is under the domineering control of her abusive boyfriend, Klaus. Although married, Jean develops ... See full summary »

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Massimo D'Avak (story adaptation), Luciano Martino (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Nicole Perrier
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean Reynaud
Erika Blanc ... Danielle Reynaud
Horst Frank ... Klaus
Helga Liné ... Helene Valmont
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice ... Hotel Proprietor
Giovanni Di Benedetto Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Monsieur Valmont (as Gianni Di Benedetto)
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini ... Party Guest
Dario Michaelis Dario Michaelis ... Police Commissioner
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Porter
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone ... Press Photographer
Lucio Rama Lucio Rama ... Party Guest
Paola Scalzi Paola Scalzi ... Helene's Friend
Luigi Sportelli Luigi Sportelli ... Party Guest
Beryl Cunningham ... Black Stripper
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Jean, a rich Parisian socialite, comes to the aid of a frightened young woman (Nicole) who is under the domineering control of her abusive boyfriend, Klaus. Although married, Jean develops a romantic relationship with Nicole. However, he may have gotten himself involved in more than he bargained for.

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Trivia

Second part of a trilogy also including Paranoia (1969) and A Quiet Place to Kill (1970). See more »

Connections

Followed by A Quiet Place to Kill (1970) See more »

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Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Performed by J. Vincent Edwards
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One of Lenzi's best Giallo's!
11 August 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Umberto Lenzi Giallo's range in quality from sublime to trash, but his earlier genre entries tended to be the best; and So Sweet...So Perverse is certainly at the higher end of Lenzi's Giallo achievements. One of the trademarks of Giallo is a high dosage of sex scenes; but despite the fact that this film has the word 'perverse' in it's title; So Sweet...So Perverse is actually not all that perverse at all, especially not by Giallo standards. Rather, the film focuses more on the plot details than perversity, and it just about serves it well. Italian directors were famous for ripping of successful films from other countries, and the plot here is clearly lifted from the French classic 'Les Diaboliques'. We focus on a couple with marital problems; Jean and Danielle. When Jean hears a woman screaming in the upstairs apartment one day, he immediately decides to investigate. There he finds Nicole; a woman frightened of her boyfriend Klaus. The pair soon begin to fall in love, but it later transpires that this was just a trap set to snare Jean...

So Sweet...So Perverse is a classy little thriller and much unlike later Lenzi Giallo's such as Eyeball, almost everything about the film is well done. The film benefits from a good cast, which feature early Lenzi muse Carroll Baker in the central female. Baker's role here initially appears to be a lot like her role in the earlier 'Orgasmo', but she soon gets to switch to a more interesting character. Baker is joined by the sexy Erika Blanc, and like most Giallo's with two sexy leading women; the pair do get to get it on, although you shouldn't go in expecting a full blown lesbian sex scene. Jean-Louis Trintignant rounds off the cast, but isn't given as much to do as the ladies. The plot does get a bit slow at times, but the film never slows down to the point of becoming boring. The second half is much more exciting than the first as that is when the plot gets into full flow. When the twists start to come into play, So Sweet...So Perverse really is an intriguing thriller and unlike many Giallo's, this one also features an ending that wraps most of the plot up nicely. This film is highly recommended to Giallo fans!


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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Así de dulce, así de maravillosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Mono

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Color (Chromoscope)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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