Original Italian Title: Col Cuore In Gola
Written by: Tinto Brass based on the novel “Il sepolcro di carta” by Sergio Donati
Directed by: Tinto Brass
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ewa Aulin
- English audio commentary by Tinto Brass
- Lobby Card Gallery
Released by: Cult Epics
My Advice: Don’t Bother
Bernard (Trintignant) is a struggling actor in Swingin’ London. When he goes to talk to a shady bar owner about his tab, he finds him dead and a beautiful girl cowering in the corner. Being that she is a beautiful girl, Bernard takes her away before the police show up. He learns that the girl, Jane (Aulin), was trying to get an embarrassing picture from the bar owner or prove that her stepmother killed her father. Or…something. So they wander through London trying to find the photo, or her brother Jerome, or something. Then Jane is kidnapped by a dwarf, Bernard is tortured by a gangster named Jelly-Roll and there’s a fashion shoot. Or…something.
The actors doesn’t help. Trintignant seems confused but it’s hard to tell if the confusion is from the character or the actor. Aulin’s main credit was winning a beauty contest. All she does is look doe-eyed, smile, and show her tits. It’s just more of Brass’ caring more about the surface than any depth to this film.
The only major feature on this disc in a commentary from Brass himself. A word of warning should be given because Brass has a thick Italian accent and it’s a bit of a challenge to understand him. You get the usual about how the cast and crew were wonderful to work with. But there were some interesting bits about how it was easy to film in London at the time. Also most telling is how Tinto Brass wasn’t interested in the story of the novel this movie was based on. He was interested in its language. That sums up this movie completely. Story is important and no amount of symbolism or camera tricks can compensate. So skip on Deadly Sweet.