毒丈夫 Sergio Gobbi - Un beau monstre AKA Love Me Strangely (1971) France

阿兰·雷文特,一个迷人而优雅的男人,从贬低他的妻子中获得了一种特殊的满足感。 第一个,被逼到绝望的边缘,从窗户跳了下去。 在一个同样反常的熟人迪诺的帮助下,这个“英俊的畜生”开始在情感上折磨他的第二任妻子娜塔莉。 怀疑真相的勒罗伊警官接受了虐待狂的计划。 他能从邪恶的阿兰手中抢走这个不幸的女人吗?(机译)

So here we have Helmut Berger as a handsome, neurotic, attention-needy gay man trying to convince the world that he’s a he-man. (Not that gay men can’t be macho, but Berger would have a very hard time suggesting that.) You don’t need to reach far to grasp the real-life parallels. You could call this movie homophobic, in its eventual psychological emphasis on a closet case who acts out his frustrations via misogyny. But the movie doesn’t succumb to the blunt anti-gay stereotyping typical of the era. Lesser roles are filled by the lies of Edith Scob, Charles Anzavour, Alain Noury, so this is an instance of major talent being expended (wasted?) on sorta-junky material. It’s neither a good movie or a bad one–just an above-average European commercial effort that ultimately doesn’t rise far enough above to be memorable. This glossy, starry melodrama, which seldom seems to settle on just what kind of it wants to be, stars Visconti muse Helmut Berger as a wealthy man who willfully drives one wife to suicide, then seduces the equally beautiful blonde neighbor (Virna Lisi) who witnessed that death. He then proceeds to sadistically wear at her mental and physical health, just as he’d done before. The late shift from making Berger an insidious playboy schemer to a vulnerable, damaged victim of his upbringing doesn’t work very well, nor can we accept Lisi’s return toward adoration of her new husband despite all her preceding abuse and stubborn resistance to it. Despite that, and a weak ending, this is an interesting quasi-giallo that makes good use of Berger’s inherent ambiguity as a screen presence. At first we’re meant to understand he’s a playboy predator toward women, but it gradually (and more credibly) emerges that his sexuality is very different from the guise he assumes publicly, and which he abuses in private by manipulating women whose attentions flatter him.

Language(s) French

Subtitles included: English, French, Czech, Spanish, Finnish, Croatian, Italian within and French English srts


20220018

種子 / 种子 / Torrent

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