Dirty Pictures / Un posto ideale per uccidere (1971)

3.5 out of 5

Infused with a score that would ideally work alongside Pearl And Dean's Asteroid the ultra cool Dirty Pictures aka Oasis Of Fear is an early seventies counterculture giallo starring Ray Lovelock and a barely legal and frequently disrobed Ornella Muti as a young couple who smuggle pornography across the border into Italy to pay for their holiday. The starring couple seem to have a lot of fun as, to the strains of a Bob Downe-esque country tune, they dance, fly kites and photograph each other in various tourist locations in an extended sequence of highly camp retro that would please those with nostalgia for the covers of old knitting patterns and polyester.

After being arrested, threatened with deportation and robbed on route they find themselves at the home of an outwardly more conventional type played by Irene Papas and not, surprisingly enough, Lenzi regular Caroll Baker and while initially it seems our young couple intend to take advantage of their host all is not as it seems in this sexual liberated counterculture meets traditional mores thriller. What is not immediately obvious is who is manipulating who.

Mixed reviews elsewhere suggest that this is a film that has little appeal beyond Italian genre film fans but it will receive a fair shake and robust defence here.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics