Il tuo Vicio è una Stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la Chiave
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
Your Vice Is a Closed Room and Only I Have the Key / Excite Me / Eye of the Black Cat / Gently Before She Dies
Luciano Martino for Dania Film
directed by Sergio Martino
starring Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov, Franco Nebbia, Riccardo Salvino, Angela La Vorgna, Daniela Giordano, Ermelinda De Felice, Marco Mariani, Nerina Montagnani, Carla Mancini, Bruno Boschetti
screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi, Adriano Bolzoni, Luciano Martino, Sauro Scavolini, somehow based on The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, music by Bruno Nicolai
Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cat
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Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli) once was a great writer, but he has been
suffering from writers block for years (since his mother died, actually) and
now he only finds pleasure in running parties in his run-down mansion and
in humiliating his wife Irene (Anita Strindberg), preferably in public.
However, when Fausta (Daniela Giordano), his ex mistress is found slain
and he suddenly finds himself being the prime suspect, his wife provides him with a watertight (if false) alibi. The next day, in the
mansion even, the black maid (Angela La Vorgna) is murdered much the same way Fausta was,
and Oliviero, afraid the police might suspect him again, ecides to wall up the body in the
mansion's basement, and he can even persuade Irene to help him.
Soon, everything seems to be back to normal again, with Oliviero even
reassuming his abusive role, when his niece Floriana (Edwige Fenech)
invites herself for a visit ... and it doesn't take her long to figure
out that something is wrong between her uncle and aunt, especially when
Oliviero locks Irene up in a small room in the basement in another fit of
Not only does Flo free her and learn everything about the dead maid and
that Irene suspects Oliviero to be the killer, the two also start a
lesbian relationship. But behind Irene's back, Flo starts a sexual relationship with
Oliviero as wekk, and tries to entice both him and Irene to kill their
respective significant other ...
Eventually, Oliviero is slain, and Irene can persuade Flo to help her wall up the body, beside the dead
maid - and in exchange, Flo asks for norhing more Oliviero's mother's priceless
jewelry, which Irene offers gladly just so the ordeal is over ...
But as soon as Flo has left the villa, Irene's accomplice Walter (Ivan
Rassimov) shows up, and he and Irene make up plans to have Flo met
with a nice little accident ...
Having been made at the early
height of the giallo genre, Your
Vice is a Locked Room and only I have the Key does not even make a
serious effort to follow the tried and true (and overused) giallo
formula of throwing some innocent protagonists into an overconstructed
murder mystery full of suspicious characters, garnered with gruesome murder
scenes every now and again - instead, the film paints a decadent and disturbing psychogram of
character who just has to be the
killer - until the revelation of the real killer turns everything topsy
turvey, with the biggest arsehole being revealed as the only innocent
character while the "victim" having an agenda of her own ... but
thanks to clever storytelling, the audience is kept at the edge of their
seats till the very end, with a properly stylish directorial effort
certainly making the best out of the narrative, and Italian
countryside proves to be perfect for the story too, since it
is at once pittoresque and provides the film with a suitable atmosphere
of isolation. Only the combination of walling up corpses and a black cat does
give away the finale a bit too soon (at least for everyone who has read
his Edgar Allan Poe), which hardly hurts the movie as a whole though.