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Don't Torture A Duckling
     

Don't Torture A Duckling

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Director: Lucio Fulci, Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian

Cast: Lucio Fulci, Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian

 

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When several young boys are brutally murdered in a small southern Italian village, the superstitious locals react with ignorance and violence. All misfits are immediately suspected, such as big-city tart Barbara Bouchet, the local village idiot, and voodoo practitioner Florinda Bolkan, who is brutally murdered by the villagers in a startling and powerful scene. Cop

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When several young boys are brutally murdered in a small southern Italian village, the superstitious locals react with ignorance and violence. All misfits are immediately suspected, such as big-city tart Barbara Bouchet, the local village idiot, and voodoo practitioner Florinda Bolkan, who is brutally murdered by the villagers in a startling and powerful scene. Cop Tomas Milian (Almost Human, Amistad) comes to investigate, and is rather curious about a young priest who censors the town's reading material to keep it free of corruption. The peculiar clergyman seems to envy the dead boys, who will never grow up to be corrupted. Milian soon becomes convinced that the priest wants to send the kids' souls to Heaven and feels guilt about desiring the boys sexually.

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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Before turning his attention to extremely gory zombie films like Paura nella Citta dei Morti-Viventi in the 1980s, Lucio Fulci directed some pretty good thrillers, such as this effective giallo set in Italy's rural southern provinces. The portrayal of the superstitious villagers is the major strength of this film, building a creepy atmosphere where religion and magic co-exist, and where every mystery leads to another riddle. Sergio d'Offizi's photography is moody and dense, turning sunny postcard landscapes into threatening spaces which offer no escape. Riz Ortolani's haunting score will surprise many viewers accustomed to his ungodly faux-disco work of later films, and the script (by Fulci, Roberto Gianviti, and Gianfranco Clerici) is absorbing and solid. One of Fulci's more successful outings, this one even took home some well-deserved awards at various filmfests. Fulci's next thriller, Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna, abandoned much of this one's individuality for Argento-inspired visual tricks, and he returned to the theme of preserving innocence through murder in his shocking Lo Squartatore di New York a decade later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2012
UPC:
0639767538237
Original Release:
1972
Source:
Desert Island Films
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
61,393

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