Deadly Sweet / Col cuore in gola (1967)

4.5 out of 5

Sometimes described as a giallo Deadly Sweet is a thriller and romance set in late 1960's London. Directed by Tinto Brass this fairly experimental effort switches from colour to black and white with the change of scenes and pays homage to other genres such as the sex comedy and film noir while changing style and pace with ease.

If anything Brass successfully captures the iconic styles and themes of the decade with reference to the Mod scene, Pop Art, comic books, drug culture, Beatles covers, psychedelic happenings and more besides while a newsreel depicts the 1967 Six-Day War and the CND anti war demonstrations to provide some political context.

Moving with speed from location to location it is clear that the director wanted to create the widest array of London life snapshots achievable in the time and leaves aside the more familiar landmarks of Parliament and Buckingham Palace and instead give us the red buses and telephone boxes, a rail yard in Acton, a greyhound racing stadium and Piccadilly Circus in the West End. In showing all this the incredibly inventive Deadly Sweet pays homage to Blowup and this is acknowledged with the homing in on a poster on display for the Michelangelo Antonioni flick.

The star billing goes Jean-Louis Trintignant and the incredibly beautiful Ewa Aulin who follows this up with Death Laid an Egg. Mr Darth Vader David Prowse and the former managing director of the ill advised British trashfest L!ve TV Janet Street-Porter have minor uncredited roles. The art department credits Guido Crepax. Recommended.

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