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The House of the Doves (1972)

La casa de las palomas (original title)
The widow Alexandra and her schoolgirl daughter Sandra live together in a luxurious villa in Spain. When Fernando, an old love of Alexandra's, appears in town the two rekindle their love ... See full summary »


Claudio Guerín (as Claudio Guerin Hill)


Leonardo Martín (screenplay), Miguel Rubio (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Ornella Muti ... Sandra / Daughter
Lucia Bosè ... Alexandra / Mother (as Lucia Bosé)
Glen Lee Glen Lee ... Fernando / Alexandra's ex-lover
Carmen de Lirio ... Marilú / Madam
Caterina Boratto ... Virginia / Fernando's lover
Luis Dávila ... Enrique
Blanca Sendino Blanca Sendino
Concha Goyanes Concha Goyanes ... María
Kiti Mánver ... Elisa
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Sirviente de Fernando / Fernando's Servant
Juana Azorín Juana Azorín


The widow Alexandra and her schoolgirl daughter Sandra live together in a luxurious villa in Spain. When Fernando, an old love of Alexandra's, appears in town the two rekindle their love affair until Alexandra finds that he is being paid to be the companion of a rich older woman. Written by Ørnås

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Release Date:

21 February 1972 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Violation of Laura See more »

Filming Locations:

Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Referenced in ¡No firmes más letras, cielo! (1972) See more »

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A triangular and twisted love story directed by unfortunate and early deceased filmmaker Claudio Guerin
13 February 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Slow story about love , desire , religion and death . This mythical filmmaker made this his 2º film titled ¨House of the doves¨ , he , subsequently , directed "La Campana del Infierno" (The Bell Of Hell) in which he died during its shooting , as he fell from the bell tower at church of San Martín , Noya . It concerns about the widow Alexandra (Lucia Bosé) and her 17-year-old schoolgirl daughter Sandra (Ornella Muti) live together in a luxurious villa in Córdoba , Spain . When her cousin Fernando (Glen Lee) shows up their love affair is rekindled . Long time ago , they had a romance , but now Fernando seduces Ana and both of whom get together at a brothel of his friend Mari Lu (Carmen De Lirio) . Then , Alexandra finds that the playboy is being paid to be the companion of a rich older lady (Caterina Boratto) . After that , Alejandra to be aware of their illicit relationship and things go wrong .

Based on a script by Leonardo Martin , Miguel Rubio and Giovanni Simonelli , it deals with a disturbing as well as psychological romance when appears a gigoló and falls for a mother and her daughter . Guerin in a penetrating style makes a deliberate , but very slow , and sometimes bright filmmaking , as he invite us into an active participation of a triangular game in which at the ending takes place an unexpected denouement . A few elements well developed he manages to create a strange atmosphere , a mixture among magical dreamlike scene , and , mysterious doves , and , of course , without giving up a certain amount of cruelty and eroticism ; adding touches morbid and abstract at its final . It contains scabrous elements , including brief lesbianism scenes and some images about suicide and erotic love scenes were eliminated by censorship . It was strongly censored and it unbalanced this peculiar flick about a mummy and daughter who fall for the same man , a selfish playboy . ¨House of the doves¨ pays tribute to two prestigious films : ¨Death of a cyclist¨ and ¨The Birds¨ by Alfred Hitchcock , taking parts here and there . Director Guerin carries out a particular as well as pretentious filmization including slow-moving shots , blurry images attempting to create special dramatic effects , repeated frames and a final surrealist dream , full of erotic symbolism .¨The house of the doves¨ benefits from a colorful cinematography by Fernando Arribas , including nice Córdoba locations . In addition , a functional and evocative musical score by Francesco Di Mai who composes by piano.

This very hard to find Spanish/Italian co-production motion picture was regularly directed by Claudio Guerin , realizing a personal staging . He had previously directed shorts , documentaries , TV series episodes such as : ¨Si Las Piedras Hablaran¨ , ¨Conozca España¨ , ¨Noche En Los Jardines De España¨ , ¨A Través Del Flamenco¨, and made TV plays as ¨Hamlet¨ and ¨Ricardo III¨ . His film debut was ¨Los Desafíos¨ produced by Elias Querejeta . However his sad and mysterious death cut his promising career . As he died in an accident , during the filming of his third movie , the mythical film "La Campana del Infierno" (The Bell Of Hell) , it is a psychological thriller more than a Spanish Fantaterror film . This near-legendary Euro-Cult ítem was brilliantly directed by Claudio Guerin , resulted to be a damned picture , specially when turned out to be his untimely swan song since he died by mysteriously fall or jumped to his death from the central bell tower constructed for the movie and being eventually completed by distinguished fellow Juan Antonio Bardem . His death happened in Noya church , there had been built a second bell tower attached to a passage of real wood . Preparing a complicated plan, Guerin wanted to jump from the catwalk to a cantilever of the church, but lost his balance and fell into the void from twenty meters high ; died before reaching the hospital . Distinguished director Juan Antonio Bardem completed filming the last sequence about 7 minutes .

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