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Secrets of a Call Girl 
Written by: on August 8th, 2005
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Theatrical Release Date: Italy, November 27th, 1973
Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Writers: Ernesto Gastaldi, Francesco Milizia
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Corrado Pani, Richard Conte, John Richardson

DVD released: August 30th, 2005
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: No Shame
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: Guido (Corrado Pani) narrowly escapes with his life after a failed assassination attempt that was organized by rival mobster Succo. Don Barzini (Richard Conte) orders Guido to leave town until things cool down. While on vacation Guigo falls for a cashier at a local coffee shop named Anna (Edwige Fenech) and when it comes time for him to return to Milan he invites Anna to come along with him. Things run smoothly at first until one day when Anna witnesses Guido kill a man named Albino who had been secretly working with Succo. Don Barzini is fearful that Anna will talk and expose the whole organization to the police which forces Guido’s hand. Guido in order to prove Anna’s loyalty forces her to be become a call girl who scams wealthy clients. When Anna tells Guido that she is pregnant with his child he then insists that she get an abortion. On the way to see the doctor Anna is able to give Guido the slip as the police take him into custody. Anna goes to Rome to stay with an old friend and give birth to a baby boy. Now in a new city and with child will Anna be able to bury her past or will it come back to haunt her?

Secrets of a Call Girl, is fascinating film that is enhanced by a spellbinding performance from Edwige Fenech who had previously worked with director Giuliano Carnimeo on the delirious giallo The Case of the Bloody Iris. Through out the film Fenech plays through a wide range of emotions. Her character Anna goes from being a shy cashier to being a call girl for her pimp boyfriend to ultimately being a mother of a young child. Fenech plays each the stages of her character development with ease with her strongest acting coming in the final act when Anna has now become a mother. She proves one more then one occasion during the film that she can deliver as an actress and that she is more then just a pretty face. Fenech is most of her films always looks glamorous and in Secrets of a Call Girl she look more stunningly beautiful then she has ever looked before or since.

Corrado Pani who plays Guido in the film is unlikable from the get go as his character is like beast waiting to attack his prey and on several occasions he does just that as he rips off all of Edwige Fenech’s. Guido’s numerous backhands and viscous beatings of Anna are the hardest moments to stomach in the film. Richard Conte as Don Barzini is calm and cool throughout. Giuliano Carnimeo seduces the viewer with his lyrical camera movements. He is always on the move as he keeps the actions and story interesting. The action sequences are expertly executed with one stand out scene involving Anna as she transports drugs across the Swiss border and Guido who passed through the border before her is on a bus when he sees the man who has betrayed him. It is too late to warn her about the man who knows her and could tip off the police. Giuliano Carnimeo’s direction is masterful as he builds tension throughout the film to a fever pitch until you feel like everything is going to explode. He even uses Edwige Fenech’s ample talents to their fullest as he perfectly time each of her various stages of undress. Secrets of a Call Girl is often brutal film that deals with some controversial subjects like abortion, still in the end its underlying message is ultimately about finding love. Ultimately Secrets of a Call Girl is an unconventional film even by exploitation standards with its Kaleidoscope of genre’s that at times clash with each, still it is film that never strays too far away from its strongest asset Edwige Fenech.

The DVD:

No Shame presents Secrets of a Call Girl in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This high definition transfer has been sourced from a 35mm reversal print and it is available for the first time ever in America on DVD in its original aspect ratio and uncut. The colors look vibrant as they faithfully replicate the early 1970’s décor and flesh tones look healthy. The black levels are in great shape as they exhibit an exceptional amount of detail in every frame. During darker/nighttime scenes grain is more noticeable, still nothing that ever becomes distracting. There are no problems with compression, artifacts or edge enhancement. The image remains stable throughout as there are no problems ghosting or blurring. This DVD transfer is interlaced. Overall the print is nearly flawless as outside a few minor instances of print damage or debris.

This DVD comes with two audio options the film’s original Italian language track and an English dubbed track both are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio sources are in pretty good shape with no problems with hiss or distortion. The dialog sounds crisp as the effects and music sound evenly mixed. Overall considering the age and limitations of the mono source these two sounds mixes get the job done and then some. English subtitles have been included that are easy to follow and understand.

Not only has No Shame gone to great lengths to restore the audio/video for this release of Secrets of a Call Girl they have also rounded up some impressive extras for this DVD release. Extras for this release include the film’s original theatrical trailer and a poster & still gallery that plays music from the film in the background. Other extras include a collectable booklet that includes liner notes & bios for Richard Conte, Corrado Pani that were written by Richard Harland Smith and a bio for Edwige Fenech written by Giona A. Nazzaro. Rounding out the extras is a twenty three minute documentary titled “Memories of a Call Girl” which includes interviews with Edwige Fenech, Giuliano Carnimeo and Ernesto Gastaldi. Once again Edwige Fenech is joy to listen to a she reflects about her cinematic past and director Giuliano Carnimeo has a lot of interesting things to say while screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi basically can’t remember anything about this film. No Shame with each new release continues to raise the bar in quality and content making them a force to be reckoned with in the world of genre films.

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