Rent Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

3.5 of 5 from 106 ratings
1h 29min
Rent Don't Torture a Duckling (aka Non si sevizia un paperino) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local "witch", Maciara (Florinda Bolkan). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders - city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet) - team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents...
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Renato Jaboni
Voiced By:
Charles Borromel, Cicely Browne, Geoffrey Copleston, Carolyn De Fonseca, Larry Dolgin, Michael Forest, Richard McNamara, Robert Sommer, Susan Spafford, Dan Sturkie, Frank von Kuegelgen
Lucio Fulci, Roberto Gianviti
Non si sevizia un paperino
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
Italy, Classics, Horror, Thrillers
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Run Time:
89 minutes
English, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Run Time:
105 minutes
English, Italian
English, English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
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  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Giallo a la Campagna, a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
  • Hell is Already in Us, a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Lucio Fulci Remembers, a 1988 audio interview with the film's co-writer/director Interviews with actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani

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Reviews (1) of Don't Torture a Duckling

Spoilers follow ... - Don't Torture a Duckling review by NP

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Child killings are the grisly subject of this Lucio Fulci Directed giallo. And he takes delight in some genuinely horrifying scenes.

A handful of vengeful men corner Maciara (Florinda Bolkan) in a graveyard and beat her with chains in probably the most disturbing set-piece I’ve seen in a giallo – and there have been a few. With unhurried deliberation, the blows are dealt slowly and viciously, followed by unflinching moments of blood emerging from new wounds. All this to the sound of triumphant ballads. After such prolonged suffering, you would expect Maciara to survive the ordeal – but no, after dragging her bloodied, broken body across the unforgiving heat of wasteland, she dies by the side of the road, for the most part unnoticed by passing vehicles. Horrifying indeed.

There is a carefully maintained sense of unease that permeates throughout the isolated Italian village where these horrors occur, and yet there’s a dark vein of … can I call it humour? … running through the more graphic moments in this film. Similarly, as the revealed miscreant is tipped loudly over a ravine, it’s probably a brave choice to continually cut to a close-up of his battered face being slowly smashed following every connection with the rock face he is tumbling down. Equally, the injection of more of the deeply inappropriately soulful soundtrack lends a perversion to his slow, violent death.

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