Film #328: DIRTY PICTURES aka UN POSTO IDEALE PER UCCIDERE aka AN IDEAL PLACE TO KILL aka OASIS OF FEAR
Dirty Pictures (aka Un Posto Ideale Per Uccidere aka An Ideal Place to Kill aka Oasis of Fear)
2 out of 5 stars
More pseudo-giallo wackiness… This time out, we have Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX, SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS, NIGHTMARE CITY) directing a tale of two young people played by the beautiful Ornella Muti (FLASH GORDON, OSCAR) and Italian cinema staple Ray Lovelock (LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, DJANGO KILL! (IF YOU LIVE SHOOT!)) who, after being arrested for selling illegal pornography, are taken in by a lady of means played by Irene Papas (ZORBA THE GREEK, GUNS OF NAVARONE, DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING) for unknown reasons. Is she a benevolent Good Samaritan… or is she motivated by darker things? By the third reel, it’s all pretty apparent what the game is except how it all will resolve itself. The mood of the film is all pretty groovy (it was, after all, made in 1971) and comes off a little dated, but… there’s an interesting casual sexuality at play during the early scenes that is indicative of how things were back in the day - Post Summer of Love and Pre-AIDS. Director Lenzi does a decent job with none of the gore he shows in some of his other films (CANNIBAL FEROX, for example). The film features an atypical pop rock soundtrack which serves as a counterpoint to the dark intrigue that follows. Not a great film by any means… but it is an interesting one. I can’t really recommend it across the board, but early '70s euro fans will dig it. Others may not quite get it.