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A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (original title)
Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | 20 March 1973 (USA)
A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?

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Carol Hammond
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Frank Hammond
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Deborah
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Jenny (hippie girl)
Mike Kennedy ...
Hubert (hippie guy)
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Joan Hammond (as Edy Gall)
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Dr. Kerr
Ezio Marano ...
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Franco Balducci ...
McKenna
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
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Erzsi Paál ...
Mrs. Gordon (as Ersi Pond)
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Edmond Brighton
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Florinda Bolkan plays the daughter of a prominant English politician who keeps having recurring "nightmares" in which she makes love to a bisexual nympho who lives downstairs and conducts all-night LSD orgies. When the nocturnal wet dreams become murderous, the neighbor turns up dead, and Florinda is the main suspect. Did she actually commit the murder she dreamt about? Is she being framed by her philandering husband? Did Florinda actually make nightly visits downstairs aside from borrowing the occasional cup of sugar? How DID Florinda's letter opener end up stuck in the dead neighbor's chest anyway? The complex plot unfolds amidst red herrings, outlandish dream sequences, lesbian hanky panky, and ominous close-ups of Florinda Bolkan's guilt-ridden facial expressions every time someone mentions the murder. All this takes place in swinging late-1960's London. Written by Mike Justice <Fergus21@hotmail.com>

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The house outside which the police car pulls up and which is supposed to contain Carol's flat is 39 Belgrave Square, SW1. In real life it is occupied by the Italian Cultural Institute in London. See more »

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When people are taking pictures of Julia Durer's body, her eyebrow moves. See more »

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Hubert (hippie guy): What do you expect us to do with all that acid inside us, huh?
Jenny (hippie girl): We were filled with acid from our heads to our toes. And you know something? Under the effect of acid, I look at you here and all I see is a red blob. Or a galloping horse.
Inspector Corvin: You don't remember anything at all about that night?
Hubert (hippie guy): Yeah, I remember. Yes, I remember, seeing that night, a lizard - in a woman's skin.
Inspector Corvin: Shit!
Hubert (hippie guy): No, beautiful. Just beautiful.
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The Perfect Alibi
4 April 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, Carol Hammond (Florinda Bolkan) lives in a fancy building with her husband Frank Hammond (Jean Sorel) and her stepdaughter Joan Hammond (Edy Gall). Carol is the beloved daughter of the wealthy and prominent lawyer and politician Edmond Brighton (Leo Genn) and Frank is his partner in his office and has a love affair with Deborah (Silvia Monti). Carol's next door neighbor Julia Durer (Anita Strindberg) is a depraved woman that promotes parties with drugs and orgies. Carol has psychoanalyze sessions with Dr. Kerr (George Rigaud) and is intrigued with a nightmare where she stabs Julia to death three times with a couple watching the murder. When Julia is found dead in her apartment, the efficient Inspector Corvin (Stanley Baker) and his partner Sgt. Brandon (Alberto de Mendoza) are assigned to investigate. All the evidences point out to Carol, but was a dream or reality?

"Una lucertola con la pelle di donna", a.k.a "A Lizard in Woman's Skin", is a great giallo by Lucio Fulci. The story is complex with many twists and there are many suspects that might have killed Julia Durer. The conclusion is exceptional, with Inspector Corvin soling the case. Florinda Bolkan has great performance and is extremely elegant. The graphic dog scene is impressive and was necessary to prove in court that it was the work of the special effects. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Lagartixa num Corpo de Mulher" ("A Gecko in a Woman's Body")


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