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The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968)

Il dolce corpo di Deborah (original title)
A newlywed couple returns to Geneva to visit the husband's home town. There he is accused of being responsible for his ex-lover's death and the couple starts receiving threats.

Director:

Romolo Guerrieri

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (story), Luciano Martino (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Deborah
Jean Sorel ... Marcel
Evelyn Stewart ... Suzanne Boileau
Luigi Pistilli ... Philip
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Police Commissioner
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ... Telephone Man
Mirella Pamphili ... Telephone Clerk (as Mirella Panfili)
Domenico Ravenna Domenico Ravenna ... Doctor
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Garagista
Giuseppe Ravenna Giuseppe Ravenna ... Maitre d'Hotel
George Hilton ... Robert Simack
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Storyline

A young newlywed couple from America returns to Geneva to visit Marcel's home town. Once there he is informed of his former lover's suicide and in turn is subjected to threats that accuse him of being responsible for her death and further, threaten his new fiance's life. George Hilton plays a peculiar neighbor with voyeuristic tendencies who has an obsession with Deborah. Written by ez

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 51074 delivered on 15-3-1968. See more »

Quotes

Marcel: You're so delicious and I'm always so hungry.
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Soundtracks

Molto tempo fa
Music by Nora Orlandi
Sung by Paola Orlandi
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Peeps are acting creepy - let's play Twister!
23 June 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Gravy, baby! Or whatever it is that these annoying Summer of Love types say to each other while dancing to funky music in a rather awkward fashion. I guess my tolerance to these free living types strutting about underneath pop art and ridiculous clothing depends on the story. Luckily, the Sweet-Sweet-Sweetsweetsweet Body of Deborah is one of those Gialli that is all about confusing the viewer with people's motives, rather than racking up the body count.

Deborah (Baker) and Marcel (Sorel), are newlyweds heading back to Geneva from the USA to visit Marcel's home town, if they can stop shagging for two minutes in order to do so. There's trouble in paradise however as Philippe (Pistilli) appears and accuses Marcel of causing the death of his last lover, Susan, by abandoning her for some reason.

I liked how they managed to fit in the old Italian standard of the creepy mansion in this one as Deborah and Marcel visit Susan's house and Debs as she probably liked to be called gets death threats through a phone that doesn't work. Plus someone keeps playing a creepy theme tune in other rooms.

The couple scarper for a nice non-creepy villa in Nice, only to find neighbour Robert (Hilton) has his eyes on Deborah and is hilariously frank about his Peeping Tom fetish! The rest of the film is the usual viewer fooling barrage of twists right until the last second, but I don't mind films like that as I don't have a clue what it is going on and things are nicely tied up in the end.

Strangely, I'm finding that these non-formulaic gialli are more prevalent in the sixties than in the seventies - is it Dario Argento's fault. Also - check out the cheesy dance the couple do before having a game of Twister! This film has a nice jazz soundtrack too and plenty of style - I guess it's not so well known as the body count is real low (one!) and although you kind of see Baker naked, she don't float my boat.

Because she's blonde. Is that racist?


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