Tis Pity She's a Whore / Addio, fratello crudele (1971)

5.0 out of 5


Born in 1586, in Devon England, John Ford was a playwright who wrote 'Tis Pity She's a Whore which was first published in 1633. In 1971 Giuseppe Patroni Griffi turned this story into a movie based on a Carlo Carunchio and Alfio Valdarnini screenplay.

The story centres on an illicit and incestuous love affair between a brother and sister resulting in a pregnancy, forced marriage to a suitor at the behest of the church and ultimately a tragedy on a grand scale. The brother is played by Oliver Tobias, the sister by Charlotte Rampling and Fabio Testi is the wealthy and somewhat pushy suitor.

The movie, not unlike Flavia The Heretic which has a somewhat similar feel and made some three years later, makes good use of period appropriate locations and succeeds in walking delicately on a line between artistic historic tragedy and shamelessly sleazy exploitation. Indeed it provides plenty for viewers with tastes for either inclination to get their teeth into.

The cinematography is incredible, the whole affair is a work of beauty and the story offers up nudity and gore for those who seek such thrills. In some respects the movie feels not unlike the historic works of Jess Franco but here rendered on a far more ambitious and grand scale. Highly Recommended.




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