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Submission of a Woman (Al calar della sera) 
Written by: on June 12th, 2010


Theatrical Release Date:
Italy, 1992
Director: Alessandro Lucidi
Writer: Alessandro Lucidi
Cast: Daniela Poggi, Gianluca Favilla, Paolo Lorimer, Cecilia Luci, Anna Orso, Andrea Ward

DVD released: June 29th, 2010
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95


Synopsis: A couples romantic weekend is interrupted when a overzealous admire invades their home.

Submission of a Woman was written and directed by Alessandro Lucidi, a film editor who’s notable credits include The Designated Victim and Terror Express. The Cinematographer for Submission of a Woman was Giuseppe Maccari, who began his career working as camera operator for cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno. Some of his notable credits as a camera operator include, The Leopard, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Spirits of the Dead (Toby Dammit – segment), Fellini Satyricon, Carnal Knowledge, Fellini’s Roma, Man of La Mancha, Amarcord and Shock.

The opening setup takes its sweet time getting to the meat of the story. Things finally get going once the intruder makes himself know to the woman he has been obsessing over from afar. From there the film becomes a cat and mouse game. After a failed attempt to get into the house. The intruder is given a second chance when the woman who has the house locked up tight. When she foolishly decides to venture outside. Eventually the two finally meet and she is taken by to her home with his blade to her throat. After they return to her home and he has her way with her. Things start to go awry once again. Thankfully the film’s final act in which the victim become the avenger proves to be the most satisfying part of the film.

Pacing issues and the anemic plot aside. The performances fromĀ  the film’s two leads Daniela Poggi (Last Orgy of the Third Reich) and Paolo Lorimer far exceed the one dimensional limitations of their characters. The scenes in which their characters interact are by far and away this film’s most satisfying moments. The remaining cast serve as nothing more than a means to move forward plot. Ultimately Submission of a Woman is an unconventional thriller that works as well as its does because of the bleakness of the story at hand.

The DVD:

Submission of a Woman is presented in a anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Colors look good and flesh tones look healthy. Black levels fare well and details generally look crisp. Overall the source used for this transfer looks clean and edge enhancement while present is kept in check.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Italian. The audio sounds clean and clear throughout. I did notice some minor instances of distortion when the film’s score is more prominent in this audio mix. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow have been provided.

This release comes with no extra content. Overall Submission of a Woman gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Mya Communication.

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