Rent The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

3.2 of 5 from 52 ratings
1h 35min
Rent The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (aka Le foto proibite di una signora per bene / Days of Anguish) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Minou (Dagmar Lassander) leads a pampered but dull life with her frequently absent husband, Peter (Pier Paolo Capponi). One night, while out walking on the beachfront, Minou is accosted by a mysterious blackmailer (Simón Andreu) who informs her that Peter is a murderer. Driven by misplaced loyalty to her husband, Minou gives in to the blackmailer's every perverted whim in exchange for his silence. But as the blackmailer ups the ante, demanding that she submit to his increasingly obscene demands, can Minou hold on to what little remains of her sanity?
Actors:
, , , , Salvador Huguet,
Directors:
Producers:
Luciano Ercoli, Alberto Pugliese, José Frade
Voiced By:
Larry Dolgin, Frank Latimore, Edward Mannix, Ted Rusoff
Writers:
Ernesto Gastaldi, Mahnahén Velasco
Aka:
Le foto proibite di una signora per bene / Days of Anguish
Genres:
Classics, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
95 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/01/2019
Run Time:
96 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
  • Private Pictures, a newly-edited documentary featuring archival interviews with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli, and new interview material with writer Ernesto Gastaldi
  • The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three, a new appreciation of the music of Forbidden Photos and 70's Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
  • The Forbidden Lady, a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films
  • Original Italian and English Theatrical Trailers
  • Image Gallery

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Reviews (1) of The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion

Unspectacular but enjoyable - mild spoilers follow. - The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion review by NP

Spoiler Alert

Beautiful flame-haired Dagmar Lassander plays Minou, a loyal and trusting soul, who is married to less scrupulous Peter (Pier Paolo Capponi ), a man of indeterminate hairline, who from the offset is clearly a bad ‘un, it seems to me. Enter the mighty Nieves Navarro (billed as Susan Scott), playing flirtatious Dominique who flashes a smile full of teeth at every man who passes her by – but saves herself for duplicitous Peter. Then there is The Blackmailer (prolific giallo villain Simón Andreu), who attacks and blackmails poor Minou over her husband’s alleged villainy.

There’s not a huge amount of sex or gore in this, unlike many efforts in this genre, although Director Luciano Ercoli clearly loves the female form, and there’s a definite frisson in intimate scenes featuring Navarro (not to cloud his professionalism of course, but he was Navarro’s husband).

Lassander is very good in a role that could have been irritating if in the hands of a lesser actress. Like that other giallo queen Edwige Fenech, her sense of screen presence and appeal stop her character from becoming the needy scream-queen she could have been. The contrast between her softness and Dominique’s brashness is well conveyed.

The story, whilst not spectacular, has its moments and is definitely heightened by the characters. The finale is typical gialli – the exposed villain gloatingly tells the victim his entire plan before either (a) getting away with it, or (b) not getting away with it. Either way, it is an enjoyable dénouement, and is enjoyable, scenic entertainment overall.

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