Title: Deadly Sweet

Also known as:
Col cuore in gola (Original title)

Year: 1967

Genre: Drama / Thriller

Language: Italian

Runtime: 107 min

Director: Tinto Brass

Writer: Tinto Brass & Sergio Donati (novel)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061493/

A man takes justice into his own hands after he finds a man murdered. Along with a girl from the scene of the crime, he decides to track down the people behind the horrible killing, as the girl is suspecting the killer to be someone in her family. On the search they end up having to deal with the most odd people of the underworld London.

Our thoughts:
Out of the three films in the "Tinto Brass Collection Vol. 3" (released by Cult Epics, in case you'd be interested in getting it), "Deadly Sweet" was the one I had hoped to enjoy the most. No particular reason except that the plot appealed to me the most. I hoped for more story than in the other two films, "Attraction" and "The Howl", and that's what I got too. However, even though the other two felt more like journey's of random events, they entertained me plenty more than this movie did. That's not to say this is a bad film, just that it didn't do it for me. But you can't argue with Cult Epics good advertising of the films (as seen on the cover art), calling this "A sexy giallo thriller", and "a Cinema Fumetti pop art giallo thriller by Tinto Brass" definitely raise curiosity ("Cinema Fumetti" means "comic-book movie").

I never really fell into the story as much as I had hoped, I was hoping for a mystery kind of thing that actually made me curious how it would end up. With a plot that is as standard as vanilla ice cream, I can't say that it's a movie that will stay with me for a long time to come. To keep it to a minimum, it's basicly about Bernard (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Jane (Ewa Aulin), who are both out to find the murderer of a man they both were associated with. On their mission to find the people behind the crime, they collide with other bad people (yepp, this basicly feels like another walk-around-and-meet-strange-people-movie by Tinto Brass, like "Attraction" and "The Howl", just with slighly more plot).

Now that you know what to expect from the plot, it wouldn't be fair if I didn't mention the style of the film. It's not as experimental and psychadelic as the titles I've mentioned several times in this review before, but it definitely has some of what you could find there. Sometimes black and white scenes are thrown in, the soundtrack is as 60's pop as you can get and the women definitely don't mind being in their birthday suit.

Welcome to another pop art film by Tinto Brass. If you only think of titles like "Caligula" and "Salon Kitty" when you hear his name, and you consider yourself a fan of his work, "Deadly Sweet" is something you should probably watch. It differs alot from the titles he's known for. Whether that's good or not depends on the viewer, of course. I don't recommend this to just anyone because I personally couldn't get into it and it left me bored. Don't let yourself be too fooled with the "giallo" part of it, as it's not as mysterious, interesting or gory as we all want them to be.

Positive things:
- Ewa Aulin, and not only because I'm a Swede myself.
- Nudity.
- For Tinto Brass fans it could be a fun watch.
Negative things:
- I really couldn't get into it as much as I had hoped.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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