They Have Changed Their Face / ...hanno cambiato faccia (1971)

4.5 out of 5

Mist shrouded and sparse countryside, the sort that may be seen in a Rollin vampire film, swanky sweaters and cool counterculture sexual liberation. Cars chasing through woodland à la To Be Twenty, the erotic tone of Baba Yaga, the clean minimalist interiors of Femina ridens and a within a Gothic setting. There are crypts and golf courses, superstitious villagers and even a car through the streets opening that is more common to the Eurocrime genre.

Corrado Farina directs and Adolfo Celi is Nosferatu, the bloodsucking capitalist.

Politically radical in tone, the film runs with the concept of personal liberation and freedom and builds this within the context of a political, social and economic conspiracy as industrialists, politicians, media and church conspire and quote Fellini, Freud, Jean-Luc Godard, de Sade and Marx while preparing a marketing campaign for LSD sprays in family sized bottles that are ready to ship to the shops while re-branding ecologically unsound detergent as Clean Water.

Sex is allowed in the workplace, but not reading, freedom is an illusion of marketing men and jingles play in the shower. Those who dig the brainy erotica of The Lickerish Quartet or even the conspiratorial tone of Short Night of Glass Dolls should make every effort to track this baby down.

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