So Sweet… So Perverse / Cosi’ Dolce… Cosi’ Perversa (1969)

4.0 out of 5

Umberto Lenzi’s mystery erotic thriller involves the ailing marriage between Jean and Danielle Reynaud, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Erika Blanc. Due to deteriorated affection between the married couple, Jean has an affair with a friend’s wife, played by Helga Liné, and pursues and succeeds in winning the affection of a distressed blonde that’s moved into a flat above him, played by Carroll Baker. The result is a web of murder, mystery, and deceit, leading up to the type of ending fans will expect from Scriptwriter Ernesto Gastaldi.

The presence of three sexy legendary genre actresses alone makes So Sweet… So Perverse worth a look. Lenzi’s film is a pessimistic view of human nature as disgraceful and greedy, and is recommended to fans of Luciano Martino produced thrillers of the era, such as The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh.

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