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Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)

Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller | 18 August 1972 (Italy)
A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Luciano Martino (story), Sauro Scavolini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edwige Fenech ... Floriana
Anita Strindberg ... Irina
Luigi Pistilli ... Oliviero
Ivan Rassimov ... Walter
Angela La Vorgna ... Brenda
Enrica Bonaccorti ... Hooker
Daniela Giordano ... Fausta
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice ... Madam
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Libraio
Nerina Montagnani Nerina Montagnani ... Molinar
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti
Franco Nebbia ... Inspector
Riccardo Salvino Riccardo Salvino ... Dario
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Storyline

Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Verona, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 August 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key See more »

Filming Locations:

Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Lea Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a reference to Sergio Martino's earlier giallo The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) ("The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh"), in which the same phrase appears in a mysterious note apparently sent by a killer. See more »

Goofs

Fausta died with closed eyes, but on the photo of her dead, her eyes are open. See more »

Quotes

Floriana: Incidentally, is it true you slept with your mother, Oliviero? When you were already grown up, I mean.
Oliviero: Is it true about you being a two-bit whore?
Floriana: Well, they might be considered two bits well spent.
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Featured in The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) See more »

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Excellent Italian giallo.
15 January 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Luigi Pistilli plays Oliviero Rouvigny,a writer who humiliates his wife Irena and any other female that crosses his path.One of Oliviero's mistresses is viciously murdered while waiting to meet him and so the investigating inspector considers the ex-writer a prime suspect.As the killings continue Mr. Rouvigny's guilt becomes nearly unquestionable, however the truth is not that simple."Gently Before She Dies" is obviously influenced by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.The film is very tense and suspenseful and there is enough gore,nudity and sleaze to satisfy fans of Italian gialli.The soundtrack by Bruno Nicolai is prefect and the acting is great with Luigi Pistilli,Edwige Fenech,Ivan Rassimov and Anita Strindberg to boost.This wonderful giallo is not easy to find,but if you are a fan of Italian horror you can't miss it.


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