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The Psychic (1977)

Sette note in nero (original title)
A clairvoyant woman discovers a skeleton in a wall in her husband's house, and seeks to find the truth about what happened to the victim.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (story & screenplay), Roberto Gianviti (story & screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer O'Neill ... Virginia Ducci
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Emilio Rospini
Marc Porel ... Luca Fattori
Gianni Garko ... Francesco Ducci
Evelyn Stewart ... Gloria Ducci
Jenny Tamburi Jenny Tamburi ... Bruna
Fabrizio Jovine ... Commissioner D'Elia
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ... Melli
Loredana Savelli Loredana Savelli ... Giovanna Rospini
Salvatore Puntillo Salvatore Puntillo ... Second Cab Driver
Bruno Corazzari ... Canevari
Vito Passeri Vito Passeri ... Caretaker
Franco Angrisano Franco Angrisano ... First Cab Driver
Veronica Michielini Veronica Michielini ... Giuliana Casati
Paolo Pacino Paolo Pacino ... Inspector Russi
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Storyline

A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it. Along with her psychiatrist, she seeks to find the truth about who the person was and who put her there. Soon enough, she starts to realize the possibility that she may share the victim's fate... Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Suddenly she could see into the future...and saw her own murder...

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Psychic See more »

Filming Locations:

Arezzo Airport, Tuscany, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rizzoli Film, Cinecompany See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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The opening sequence set in Dover England, and Florence Italy at the exact same time show the time set as 11:45. Continental Europe is one hour ahead of the British Isles time zone in which the time in Florence should read 12:45. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Ducci: I've had fifty-six lovers and haven't killed even one of them.
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Sette Note in Nero
Recorded on EMI Records by Norberto Gil Ventura
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A well thought-out supernatural giallo from Lucio Fulci
19 March 2016 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The Psychic finds Italian film-maker Lucio Fulci in a decidedly more restrained mood. Never a director to shy away from excessive sex and violence, this entry in his cannon is far more an exercise in suspense with a real focus on presenting an interesting mystery. There is an early scene where a character falls off a cliff resulting in their face being bloodily shredded by rocks as they fall - basically a scene repeated from Fulci's earlier giallo classic Don't Torture a Duckling (1972) – but apart from this, there is no real excessive blood-letting at all. The story is essentially about a psychic woman who experiences premonitions about mysterious murders, before long she finds herself in the midst of a dangerous situation.

The atmosphere of this one generates a real sense of dread. This is mainly on account of the quite distinctively structured mystery that underpins the story-line. The mixing of visions of the past and events yet to come was clever. It means that there is a real sense of intrigue to this one, with lots of visual clues thrown at us that progressively make sense, while often setting us off to entirely the wrong conclusion. It's a jigsaw puzzle of a movie and this is a very nice touch. Because it came quite late in the giallo cycle I guess it was for this reason that it adopted a more original approach, mixing the standard tropes of the genre with a supernatural angle. Whatever the case, this is one of the better written and thought out story-lines from the sub-genre and what it lacks in visceral excess it does make up for with a well-conceived mystery. It benefits too from a good leading lady in Jennifer O'Neill who later starred in David Cronenberg's excellent sci-fi/horror Scanners (1981). In addition it also features a Goblinesque score which was another nice touch.


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