Complicated Girl, A / Una ragazza piuttosto complicata (1969)

5.0 out of 5

Cut through the psychobabble and put aside the Pop Art and what remains is a power struggle between two lovers played by Jean Sorel and Catherine Spaak who embark on an affair of such intensity that it is unclear where the dividing line falls between hippy counterculture individualism and fascistic control. Their mind-games at times drawing in others, including Florinda Bolkan, to become one of the third wheels in ever shifting love triangles.

A Complicated Girl is not really a giallo as such but there is a strong thriller undercurrent. Nevertheless this is more along the lines of Venus in Furs or The Libertine with a bit of The Lickerish Quartet thrown in.

The film is co-written and directed by Damiano Damiani who is a true legend of Italian genre film. This time he is absolutely on fire and A Complicated Girl rocks.

It may not be as well known as Bullet for the General but this is a real hidden gem, especially for fans of European arty erotic cinema of the late 1960s.

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