Film #207: DEADLY SWEET aka COL CUORE IN GOLA aka I AM WHAT I AM
Deadly Sweet (aka Col Cuore In Gola aka I Am What I Am)
2.5 out of 5 stars
This very groovy 1967 Italian “shot in London” mystery, besides being a fairly straightforward “looking for a blackmail photo” flick, absolutely drips with 60s pop culture and filmmaking styles. Every frame has something in it that dates the film. From the posters on the wall, to the fashions, the cars… down to the alternating color and black & white film stock and rampant split-screens. It’s so entrenched on the references that, during fistfights, frames from magazines, posters, or comic books are flashed on the screen reading “Sock!,” “Slap!,” “Punch!” or “Punch!” ala the television show BATMAN. The film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z, RED, MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S) and Ewa Aulin (CANDY, START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME, DEATH SMILES ON A MURDERER) and is directed by Tinto Brass (PRIVATE, COSI FAN TUTTE) and is, while visually interesting, rather lackluster plot-wise. For the most part, there are two reasons to hunt down DEADLY SWEET… Firstly, see it for Ewa Aulin. She is exceptionally beautiful and exudes an innocent sexuality that is endearing. Secondly… it’s for the esthetic. I mean, this film out-Austin-Powers AUSTIN POWERS. But yeah, plot-wise… not much goin’ on here.