11 comments on “Amuck! (aka: Leather and Whips) [1972]

  1. I really hate to agree on this one but it’s absolutely true. Look, if you have Rosalba Neri (I get giddy just saying her name) in a film and you somehow manage to fuck it up, and not just “we blew through the hundred dollar budget on fake blood and lingerie” fuckup, no, no. There’s no good reason for this film to suck, and yet it does, at (nearly) every turn. Amadio, you have failed not only in art but in life. Shame! SHAAAAAAME!

    (verificaiton: smeskin, which would have been a more apt title than Leather And Whips, that’s for sure.)

  2. I was frustrated when I got the DVD of Four Flies on Grey Velvet. The footage was remastered decently but the audio track was dire. I still barely know why Mimsy Farmer was on her little killing spree.
    And why the hate for quicksand plot devices?

  3. Oh, man, you really have to be incompetent to screw up a movie with Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri. I mean, how hard is it to just point the camera at them? Seriously?

    Boo for no leather and whips, too.

  4. I must respectfully disagree with your assessment of Amuck (Alla Ricerca del Piacere). Perhaps that new title threw you off, but the dreamy visual movement through the “narrative,” both in terms of composition and the stream-of-consciousness unfolding of the story, is something Amadio in general is very good at doing, making his films visually more intriguing than they ought to be.

    He conveys the tone more by the “texture” than the text – the female bodies, the music, the rather off-daft plot hiccups. I really loved it. Giallos are never entirely about following any plot and the cheesy Euro-house music by Teo Usuelli is one of my favorite elements in this film.

    Please reconsider the many pleasures this film has to offer!

    Cheers, and keep up the good work,

    Roger

  5. Looks as luscious as lesbonic loveliness may be–and eh some of us prefer the Sapphodelica a bit soft (ie, sans the diesel-dykes and gear). That Bouchet byatch was in some other eros klasssic[s]. Caligula? Or choice parts of her. Not sure.

  6. Ah she was Moneypenny! ‘fore the giallo-pulp that us normal ‘Mericans avoid Bouchet.

    Hottie-hot, though could have used some tit-work (and well…trimmed La Chatte a bit). Shoulda put some bullets on, and silicon in those puppays.

  7. I’m glad you’ve got my back on this one, DB! This film got some pretty high praise on its IMDb page, but I’m inclined to think it’s from folks thinking with hearts in their eyes (or something else, somewhere else…) rather than from viewing the movie for its merits. Tis a shame, but at least there’s plenty of weird junk out there that we DO enjoy!

    Chris, I just feel like quicksand plot devices are kinda cheap and insulting. It’s like tying a damsel to a railroad track–it’s neither particularly effective as a tension-building element nor as a tongue-in-cheek bit of quirkiness. It always makes me think it’s a cheap scriptwriting ploy when someone needs to get a character stuck somewhere so something can almost-happen. I dunna’ like it!

    Doc M, in fairness, the bits where the camera was pointed at them in their scanties *were* pretty great. Too bad about the rest of the film, though. (And yes, the title makes me all fist-shakey all over)

    DW, you got it! MAKE IT SO :)

    D for Doom, I have pals who are huge Rosalba fans who deem this movie worthwhile, so your mileage may vary! Don’t *avoid* it, certainly, but I know I’m better served by other titles.

    Roger, I’m super-glad you enjoyed this movie, but having watched it twice, I think this is just one of those cases where I’m going to have to differ in opinion. The pleasures of cult cinema are very personal and can be downright ephemeral. Lord knows I adore movies that leave other folks scratching their collective heads! I guess I found the *potential* of this movie was frustrating. It’s not without charm, but I guess I’m going to have to just not “get” its appeal for fans.

    J, this lesbianism is indeed as good-looking as softcore lesbianism gets. THAT I shall grant this film, without a doubt! But… it’s the rest of it that’s rather dire… And I would’ve liked more slapping. THERE, I SAID IT.

    Scary Film, you’re in good company! This movie has its fanbase–sadly, I’ve declined my seat at that table ;)

  8. Wow! Sorry for the late comment but I love AMUCK! and have watched it many times. It’s literate, suspense filled, erotic, has a great score (sampled in THE BIG LEBOWSKI) and gathers Farley Granger, Rosalba Neri and Barbara Bouchet in the same film!

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