Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. Italy, 1974. Cinecoord International, Rizzoli Film, Studio Hamburg. Screenplay by Raffaele La Capria, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, based on the novel by Muriel Spark. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Produced by Franco Rossellini. Music by Franco Mannino. Production Design by Mario Ceroli. Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci. Film Editing by Franco Arcalli.
Elizabeth Taylor appears in one of her strangest films as a woman wandering Italy in search of something bad. Picking up an assortment of random strangers as companions or random flings, she appears to be emotionally disturbed and out for trouble, the plot jumping around as we see police investigate the messes she leaves behind before getting to the point that we discover what she’s been after all along. It’s a strange cross between trashy B-movie European exploitation and psychological investigation, and Taylor has more than enough energy for the role, but her character’s angriest outbursts are obscure and off-putting. Sequences like her conflict with a salesgirl in the opening sequence result in a film that is perhaps a lot campier than necessarily intended, though given that Andy Warhol has a non-comedic supporting role, that’s debatable.