3/23/11

The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974)

The Perfume of the Lady in Black
For today's review I thought it would be nice to change from campy Chuck Norris kung-fu to something beautiful and bizarre.  I watched The Perfume of the Lady in Black thinking it would be a giallo, but instead it turned out to be an Italian supernatural/psychological thriller, and I'm okay with that.

This film has repeatedly been compared to Polanski's Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion.  The similarity to Rosemary's Baby was apparent throughout the film and even the haunting musical score reminded me of it often.  As far as being like Repulsion, it's similar in that it's also about a willowy blonde who loses touch with reality but I didn't get the schizophrenic, claustrophobic feeling that Repulsion forces on the audience.

I'm not sure what to think of The Perfume of the Lady in Black.  It's similar to a David Lynch film in that I was left scratching my head after the credits rolled wondering what the hell actually happened.  What was real and what was imagined?  I'm still not sure.  There is a twist ending that throws everything out of skew and I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen the movie, but I will tell you that it comes completely out of left field.

"Is it your back?"
I hesitate to reveal too much of the plot, as scattered and confusing as it is.  The Perfume of the Lady in Black is essentially about a workaholic scientist who gradually loses her sanity when repressed memories begin to manifest as physical realities.  Soon there is no separation between what is objectively real and what is a projection of her own fractured psyche.  And of course there is a significant amount violence and nudity along the way.

There is a haunting beauty to this film and the ending alone makes it worth watching.

Violence Rating:  3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating:  3.5 out of 5


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32 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Never heard of it before today but as you describe it sounds bizarre.

Moob said...

Sounds great, good work as always

Devon Davidson said...

I don't think I'd like it. I'm generally not too fond of Supernatural movies.

D4 said...

Twist endings... You hooked me.. I'm GOING to watch this one. Maybe not soon, but I'm gonna.

thenitefalls said...

If it's similar to David Lynch in any way I'm gonna watch it!

TheHarvester said...

lol, wow. new header? i love it and iam going to watch this movie too since iam a big lynch fan

Jack L said...

Sounds weird, I don't generally like these supernatural types of films, but who knows, I might give it a go someday.
I love your header by the way!

elexerdelex said...

wow this sounds like a really psychologically scary piece of film!
But I'm okay with crazy people so thanks for the recommendation!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

This reminds me of another Italian horror flick from that same era called "Suspiria". This was another drive in journey of my childhood that scared the crap out of me. Not heard of this one though....

Raw said...

Certainly seems pretty strange, great post!

Malkavian said...

Sounds great, gonna watch this one.

Rob said...

strangest looking movie so far.

KUSHtunes said...

I love all of your selections!

Picnaster said...

Sometimes I read Breasts instead of Beasts

Araita said...

Sounds weird, but it also sounds like something I would watch...

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Bassislv said...

this one looks very good

Jay.CA said...

what's a giallo?

Sam said...

Nice review

Biff Tanner said...

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G said...

very cool fim!

A Beer for the Shower said...

Sounds quite odd. Worth watching? After a few beers... I vote yes.

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

I like the emotionless euphoric feeling I get when the credits started to role and I haven't a clue what has just happened.

For a few brief minutes the only thing in the world that matters is the ominous 'Eh?' swirling around in my head.

Think I'll be giving this a go.

Rabidmoose said...

Sounds like a pretty creepy film.

Tasos said...

so it's similar to Dave Lynch, eh? Now you draw my attention!

ed said...

this looks like a typical film i see in my film class

Tyrone said...

Excellent screen shots!

Alex DeLarge said...

I've seen this, the climax is amazing

Sam said...

Looks amazing!

seorava said...

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Kicking Rocks said...

for a sec i read something else, i read the girl who gives me head and i was like woah you doing porns now?? lmao

Merlyy said...

Similar to Lynch... very interesting =)

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