The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Il Profumo della Signora in Nero)
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An absolutely essential release for anyone with an interest in unheralded classics of Italian film making or just looking for some solid, potent chills. --Mondo Digital
Highly recommended for the Italo-cult/giallo fans out there! --Twitch Films
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Starring Mimsy Farmer ('4 Flies On Grey Velvet','Autopsy','More'), who portrays a chemist as well as a psychologically fragile main character who finds herself sinking slowly into a kaleidoscope of hallucinations and past nightmares - or are they? Are these disturbing visions of her childhood with her mother just sediments of a past that are now being subconsciously re-evaluated, or do they conceal some dark machination of a trauma she once suffered and buried? The slow progression from successful scientist to a disturbed woman on the edge of insanity details the in-depth intricacies of the haunted mind, one that weaves fantasy, reality and memory into one seamless fabric. With a cast of interesting characters (especially Mario Scaccia, who stands out as the eccentric elderly next door neighbor) and threads of murder, black magic, blind psychics, flesh-eating, Alice in Wonderland and 'Rosemary's Baby' all tossed into a salad of sanguinary psychosis, all fans of gailli, cult and Eurohorror should stay well-entertained.Read more ›
I also found the film very fragmented, with scenes just cut together with no flow or sense of progression: you couldn't tell if a change of shot meant another view of the same action or the passing of time. Some of the imagery is very nice, and Mimsy Farmer looks good, but it was like watching a film that was all montage and no real progression.
The acting is also pretty lame. I've always found Mimsy Farmer a bit unfathomable, but she is the best actor here, it's the rest of them that let things down, Mimsy's boyfriend is terribly wooden, as are all the neighbours and supporting cast. Doesn't add any mystery when you don't know if behaviour is supposed to be weird or if it's just not been acted properly!Read more ›
Farmer putting in a great performance. Unlike many other horror movies from italy this one was shot in English. And the movie was successful in the United States at the time. It is a study of madness or is it? Is the main character going mad or are the people all around her after her?
She killed her promiscious mother while a child and now it seems that the child she was is unleashed from her as well. The movie looks fantastic and raro video which usually cleans up movies really well did a fantastic job here as the movie looks beautiful. Half the fun of watching movies that are older than the 80's, is seeing them shine with a remastered print. And this movie is awesome in it's colors. It's a psychological horror movie with a big payoff. We are lucky to get this horror flick that looks so nice. It's not a traditional giallo; it's more a 'rosemarys baby" type of flick but if you take the time to watch the poor main characters increasing dive into insanity and evil ,then you will be well satisfied. It is a crime though that so many great euro horror flicks have yet to be released on region one discs. Especially this one that is well done and shot in english.
What we have is a movie like Polanski's REPULSION. This is a movie about psychosis. I didn't think I was going to like this one because I generally enjoy the more straight-forward killer-with-a-razor type of Italian thriller. But this was really good. It's probably more of a 3.5 out of 5 instead of 4 but I think that one-starred review is uncalled for. Though THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK is not a classic, it's still creepy and unsettling.. especially the ending.
Recommended for Italian horror fans.
-Jordan Krall, author of the spaghetti western/giallo FISTFUL OF FEET
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Holds your interest like a captive audience trying to figure this woman out, then the ending is entirely out of character and ruins the whi0e thing.Published 6 months ago by Jay Holder
I was anticipating Director Francesco Barilli's 'THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK' aka 'IL PROFUMO DELLA SIGNORA IN NERO'-1974 with great relish because of all that has been... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Amazzini
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The Perfume Of The Lady In Black is both surreal and pretty. I like how the character of Sylvia is the center of everything, as if all events flow... Read more
If you've ever listened to a small child try and tell a lengthy joke, then you're probably familiar with how needlessly complicated the joke becomes before dissolving into complete... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by B. Wells
1974's "Perfume of the Lady in Black" (the version produced by RaroVideo) is the definitive version and cheap enough. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by V. Risoli
Phenomenal direction, excellent photography, creepy atmosphere and a geniusly script. This is really one of the most creepy films i have ever seen!! Superb transfer by Raro! Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by BILL
Similar to previous comments by some reviewers, this is a rather unusual film that mixes three styles in my view. Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Nostalgicman
As a Gaillo Fan what can I say... its from the 70's and nothing special, you can now watch this one on netflix streaming. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by B. White
it took us about 4 sittings to get through the entire movie. it is very slow and not alot happens until about 3/4 of the way through it. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Bookworm936