Saturday, July 8, 2017

IL PROFUMO DELLA SIGNORA IN NERO - Francesco Barilli - "The Perfume Of The Lady In Black" (1974)

 Lord Litter turned me on to tonight's Saturday Night Special, and I'll tell you the exact same thing I told him, Whatinthemotherfuckinsonofabitchinhell was that? Whoa!

"Il Profumo Della Signora In Nero" is one of THE weirdest movies I have seen lately, and I guess if I was a true researcher I would go and read what others might have to say as far as explaining a lot of it, but I don't really have time to do that, and besides, it's all just mush to me anyway! There is more than one kind of weird movie, and by weird I don't mean so cheap and stoopid that it's unwatchable, au contraire, this film is visually stunning, intriguing, and intelligent! I just didn't know what the Hell was going on most of the time, but it was still very interesting to watch! It poses many unanswered questions, and it's a freak fest!

Mimsy Farmer is Silvia Hacherman! Sylvia is a very complicated character, in fact I'm not really sure if she is a character in this film, but more of a metaphor for all kinds of things instead!

 This is the odd place that Silvia works. The movie starts off innocent enough, but then they throw everything out the window, or literally over the edge along with Silvia's Mother!

Silvia's friends and her lover are all very strange! You never know what's going on, but you know something ain't right, especially when they are not around her! There's something going on for sure!

 Silvia's boyfriend has a very cool blue Volkswagen convertible, and as you can see, most of the time the surroundings are very opulent!!

 This is Silvia's weird nightstand with a Mickey Mouse alarm clock, and a little ugly figurine that seems very important to her for some reason that will never be revealed!

Unusual people are watching Silvia, and you don't know why, or what their connection is to the other weird people she's surrounded by!

Mimsy is truly great through the whole mess! Silvia's life is a tangle of reality, bad dreams, morose memories, guilt, and fear!

Here are just a couple of random shots to show you all the amazing attention paid to details in this film! Visual details that is, not story line details!

Once the weird ball gets rolling, it just keeps picking up speed, and it's all headed straight downhill for Silvia!

Silvia's Mother is either a whore, or just has extremely bad taste in men! As a little girl, Silvia caught them in the act, and stabbed this dude in the face near his eye, and it's a very haunting memory for Silvia!

One thing that isn't weird is Silvia's cool record player!

Silvia's seemingly rather droll but kind neighbor is anything but that description, and is really a super weirdo! The neighbor was played by Mario Scaccia.

This is Silvia's neighbor Francesca, and even though you can't really tell by this shot, she actually isn't that weird! Francesca was played by Donna Jordan in the last of her two title credits. This movie might have done it!

Why are these varied people with nothing in common, all dressed up in lab coats and walking into this weird tunnel??

Then this super freaky little girl shows up? Is she real? Is she a hallucination? Is she Silvia as a little girl, a dream, a weird imaginary friend? Good luck!! The little girl was played by Lara (Ghosthouse) Wendel!

 Mimsy Farmer's performance here is every bit as good as Audrey Hepburn's in "Wait Until Dark!" 

"Il Profumo Della Signora In Nero" is the first full length movie directed by Francesco Barilli, who also has a sister who is a costume designer named Eveline, a great Uncle Bruno who is an actor, a first cousin once removed named Cecrope who is an actor, and a second cousin named Carlotta who is an actress! It's a movie kind of family!
I will not disclose the end of this movie even if it was freakin' 43 years ago. Some things you just need to find out on your own, so here you go!
Knock Yourself Out!!

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