IL TUO VIZIO È UNA STANZA CHIUSA E SOLO IO NE HO LA CHIAVE
Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli), a frustrated writer and an abusive husband to Irina (Anita Strindberg), amuses himself by holding drunken hippy orgies in their crumbling country villa. But when one of his lovers is found dead, he becomes the prime suspect to a series of mysterious murders. To complicate matters even further, Oliviero’s beautiful and seductive niece Floriana (Edwige Fenech) arrives for an unexpected visit.
Sergio Martino’s fourth foray into giallo, loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale The Black Cat and featuring not one, but two iconic queens of the cultish genre, Edwige Fenech and Anita Strindberg, is a lush, stylish and sensuous enigma, as twisted and allusive as its lavish title.
“In cinema, the term ‘giallo’ has come to denote a style of cinema – seen here in all its glory – which was incredibly popular in the 1970s and combines a perverse European sensibility and style, with elements of the literary mystery and the sexual and psychological thriller. Your Vice has all the ingredients of early giallo horror, from the psychological intrigue to the literary mystery. /…/ Expect a Lolita-esque niece in Floriana (Martino favourite, the gorgeous Edwige Fenech), terrible 70s outfits, bucket-loads of gore and a plate of eyeballs. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key is a lusciously Gothic, baroque opera of blood, lust and cruelty from one of the great under-rated giallo directors.”
– Sophia Satchell Baeza, CineVue
“Incorporates everything I love about the black gloved killers and J&B scotch bottles subgenre, from its smarmy protagonist, requisite brutality, gorgeous women, and a twisty narrative that’s difficult to nail down.”
– Dread Central
“One of the best gialli ever made and a must-see for Euro-cult admirers.”
– Rare Cult Cinema
YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY
Italy, 1972, 35mm, 1.85, colour, 97′, English subtitles
directed by Sergio Martino
written by Adriano Bolzoni, Ernesto Gastaldi, Sauro Scavolini (loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat)
cinematography Giancarlo Ferrando
editing Attilio Vincioni
music Bruno Nicolai
cast Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov, Franco Nebbia
produced by Luciano Martino
In collaboration with CSC-Cineteca Nazionale.
Q&A: Director Sergio Martino in attendance!