Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 2nd, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1979
Directors: Bruno Vani, Renato Polselli
Writers: Alessandro Moretti, Renato Polselli, Bruno Vani
Cast: Rita Calderoni, Raúl Martínez, Tony Matera, Marina Daunia, Christina Hui, Emanuela Cannarsa, Albertina Capuani, Sergio Baldacchino, Mario Castagneri
DVD released: August 31st, 2010
Approximate running time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A woman with a mysterious past, is forced to choose between the life she once knew or losing the man she loves.
Lust was directed by Bruno Vani, a frequent collaborator of Renato Polselli (who co-wrote the script for Lust with Bruno Vani). The fact that Bruno Vani’s filmography is very limited and that reportedly Renato Polselli co-directed Lust. It is not too far-fetched to believe that Renato Polselli helped direct this film since his visual style is rampant throughout this film. Another link to Renato Polselli is this film’s leading lady Rita Calderoni. Who had previously worked with him twice before Delirium and Rites, Black Magic and Secret Orgies in the Fourteenth Century. The score for Lust was composed by Stelvio Cipriani (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?), who recycles many musical motifs from his previous film scores.
The plot follows a cat and mouse structure. In which a man who is unable to forget the woman he loves. So he searches frantically for her. She vanished into thin air a year before. The film is populated with shady characters who have ties to the missing woman. And via several flashbacks all the pertinent details are laid into place.
When compared to Renato Polselli other film’s from this era. Content wise this film not frenetic or perverse. Pacing wise everything moves along very briskly, especially the dialog (this is a verbiage heavy film). The first two acts are stronger than the final act. Which loses some of the mystery established earlier in the film. When all is said and done. Despite its short comings there is just enough surprises along the way that keep things from ever getting dull or predictable.
Lust is presented in a letterboxed widescreen. Framing wise this appears to be the correct aspect ratio as the image does not look cramped. This VHS sourced transfer has a few VHS sourced flaws. Also there is noticeable print debris that varies in degree throughout. Darker scenes lack detail and there are several instances where contrast looks blownout. Colors look muted and black levels look weak.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian. The audio sounds clear with background noise kept to a minimum. There are a few audio drop outs and at times the audio sounds distorted, especially when music is present. Removable English subtitles have been provided.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Lust gets a sup par audio / video presentation from Mya Communication that leaves plenty of room for improvement.