In 1599 Italy, Beatrice Cenci is the teenage daughter of the crazed landowner and nobleman Francesco Cenci whom he keeps his daughter locked up in the dungeon of his castle and sexually abuses her as well. Beatrice then plots with her stepmother, her besotted servant Olimpio, as well as a local bandit, named Catalano, to plan Francesco’s murder. —IMDb
Though more often than not working on a strict budget and a short time line, Lucio Fulci ranked among the masters of blood-soaked Italian horror/fantasies and sexy thrillers. Fulci’s zombie films, beginning with Zombi 2 (1979), a loose sequel of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978), are especially prized by genre aficionados for their shocking violence and graphic gore.
According to Fulci, it was the love of a woman, not a passion for cinema, that led him into filmmaking. He met her while studying medicine and working as a part-time art critic. Their affair was brief for she came from a wealthy family who lost their fortune after the war, and so wanted a man with more income. Following the breakup, Fulci spied a newspaper ad announcing the reopening of the Experimental Film Studios. Thinking a filmmaking career might provide him with an impressive income, Fulci decided to apply. The great director Luchino Visconti, impressed by Fulci’s examination, personally admitted the… read more
Yet another example, in Fulci’s filmography, of his storytelling chops. Those only (or mostly) familiar with his standout gore films may come away disappointed, but the strong cinematography (complete with his use of extremely foregrounded closeups that I’ve come to call his “De Palma shots”) and the expert use of flashbacks show a different kind of mastery on his part. Uniformly strong cast. Has much to say about
I guess I expected whatnot fireworks from this Fulci's flick, considering how rare it is... but it's not disappointing either. A nice take on historical drama with light exploitative touch (his first eye-stabbing scene) and great acting creations, particularly that one of Milian and Wilson. Pacing is slow, narration non-linear and Fulci is true to the form.