Directed by: Romolo Guerrieri
Stars: Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel and Ida Galli
Also known as: Il dolce corpo di Deborah, Angstens Timer, Debora no ammai nikutai, Der schöne Körper der Deborah, El dulce cuerpo de Deborah, En röst i mörkret, Kaunis ja kavala, L’adorable corps de Deborah, Married to Kill, O Doce Corpo de Deborah, The Body, To glyko kormi tis Deborah
Description: A young newlywed couple from America returns to Geneva to visit Marcel’s home town. Once there he is informed of his former lover’s suicide and in turn is subjected to threats that accuse him of being responsible for her death and further, threaten his new fiance’s life. George Hilton plays a peculiar neighbor with voyeuristic tendencies who has an obsession with Deborah.
“Il Dolce Corpo di Deborah” is a lushly filmed romantic thriller, starring Carroll Baker and Jean Sorel, certainly one of the most beautiful on screen couples of all time. In fact everything about this production is gorgeous, from the actors and the magnificent interiors and fashions, to the absolutely fantastic film score from Nora Orlandi. All this combined elegance makes for an intoxicating viewing experience that takes the audience into an opulent world, where nobody is quite what they seem. Mistakenly labelled as a ‘giallo’ film, but this is hardly a giallo, so I don’t understand the connection. There are no violent, stylish murder set-pieces to mention at all. So those looking for a giallo will most likely be disappointed, and I think that contributes to the films rather low score here. Instead we have a film more in the vein of Luchino Visconti; a study of deception and betrayal, and greed, among the beautiful “jet set,” in opulent and exclusive surroundings. This reminded me of Visconti’s “Conversation Piece” for instance. Filmed throughout Switzerland, and then the French countryside, this is escapist cinema at it’s finest, with an intriguing story that unfolds at a leisure, elegant pace. It possesses the unique Euro-style film making that is most impressive here. “Il Dolce Corpo Di Deborah” is a classic in it’s own right.