Horrorfest 2022 Presents: Le foto proibite di una signora per bene/ Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970, Luciano Ercoli)


Luciano Ercoli’s Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion was definitely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock movies, and that’s fine. If you’re going to copy or borrow, do so from the best. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, as it is half giallo, half bleak porno where the main character, Dagmar Lassander’s Minou, is trapped in a web of blackmail and betrayal. She also fears being killed by her blackmailer, portrayed with slimy menace by Simon Andreu.

Susan Scott is also lively as Minou’s best friend, Dominique. There is a fantastically creepy rain scene involving a glass window is pure giallo, and some plot elements would easily be at home in any Hitchcock or modern day thriller. The sexual violence and uneasy aspects of what happens helped form the basis for later, more extreme giallos as well. I also am amused and pleased that Ennio Morricone also did the score for this, as he was a mighty busy fellow his entire career. What a legend.

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