Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, The / Le foto proibite di una signora per bene (1970)

4.5 out of 5

Appearing directly after Dario Argento’s internationally popular The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Photos actually owes more to the chamber giallo instigated by the 1968 Carroll Baker vehicle The Sweet Body of Deborah. Stressing intercontinental glamour undercut with perverse sexual undertones, Photos may well be the pinnacle of this particular strand of the filone. Tightly plotted by Deborah scribe Ernesto Gastaldi, Photos plays with the concept of the amateur detective and shows us that these tropes were firmly embedded in the public’s consciousness well before the explosion of the filone.

Showcasing the female leads in a number of truly outrageous fashions, director Luciano Ercoli pours on the camp with delightful relish. Dagmar Lassander handles the descent into paranoia well, but the film truly belongs to Nieves Navarro, who has an absolute ball portraying one of the most sexually rambunctious female protagonists ever to grace a giallo. One of the most chic, sexy and purely enjoyable gialli in the history of the cannon.

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