Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
Director: Sergio Martino Run Time: 96 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1972 Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Starring: Anita Strindberg, Edwige Fenech, Luigi Pistilli
Despite the orgies and abuse, women take charge in Sergio Martino’s classic giallo, YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave).
There can’t be an Italian series about sex without including a giallo and Sergio Martino’s Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key is one of the more dizzyingly unique offerings. Very loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat, the film features a burned out writer named Oliviero who lives in his Venice estate with delusions of his dead mother in his imagination. He is also a degenerate who sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts orgies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. When a number of women are murdered in grisly fashion, Oliviero becomes a prime suspect. In classic giallo style, it’s a mystery to find out who is killing the women but this time, the surviving women take things into their own hands.
Part of the 2017 Nitehawk Naughties BODY POLITICS program in partnership with Babeland.