Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 9th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1985
Director: Gabriele Lavia
Writers: Riccardo Ghione, Gabriele Lavia
Cast: Monica Guerritore, Gabriele Lavia, Pina Cei, Jasmine Maimone, Dario Mazzoli, Sacha Darwin, Italo Gasperini
DVD released: December 14th, 2010
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Feeling vulnerable after learning of her husbands infidelity. A woman sets out on a road trip. Hoping to clear her mind. Along the way she encounters an man who draws cartoons for a living. He quickly becomes infatuated with her. Still shell shocked from her husbands betrayal. She tries to discourage the cartoonists affection towards her.
How far would you go for love? The scorned woman at the heart of this film poses this question to a cartoonist who falls in love with her. Not wanting to let her guard down and let someone hurt her like her husband did. She concocts new ways of degrading herself. In hopes that this will devalue her in the eyes of her new suitor. With their moment of truth involving sex with other people, while the other person watches.
Scandalous Gilda was co-written and directed by its leading man Gabriele Lavia. Even though he is most known in Italy for his work as an actor and director in theater. Most Euro-Cult fans while recognize him from the three Dario Argento films that he appeared Deep Red, Inferno and Sleepless. Cast opposite Gabriele Lavia in this film’s female protagonists role is Monica Guerritore (A Brief Vacation). Both actors give multifaceted performances that are utterly convincing. And the fact that were married in real life at the time they were making this film. Allows them to go places performance wise that being cast opposite another actor would have changed the dynamics of their performances drastically.
Besides the aforementioned performances of this film’s two leads. Another area where this film excels it is visuals. The cinematographer on Scandalous Gilda was Mario Vulpiani, who’s other notable credits include Dillinger is Dead, The Grand Duel, How to Kill a Judge, Watch Me When I Kill and The Bloodstain Shadow. While watching this film, one gets the impression that Dario Argento style as a director influenced to some degree Gabriele Lavia. With moments where a mirror being shattered and a scene were the two lovers make love in the pouring rain. Some other standout moments visuals include a scene where the scorned woman submerges herself under water in her bathtub and a erotic infused cartoon sequence in which the male character are nothing more than balls and a penis. While the female character has her mouth were her vagina should be.
Content wise this film leans more towards the perverse and there are a few moments where things get filthy like globs of spit to lube an asshole and a golden shower on the side of the road. On the surface this film appears to be a down and dirty erotica film. When it is actually a film that is more about emotions and the inability to express them. The degrading sexual acts which unfold in this film further emphasize the characters inability to say what they really mean.
One 7 Movies presents Scandalous Gilda in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The source used for this transfer is in great. Colors look vibrant, flesh tones look healthy and details look sharp throughout. Black levels and contrast also look very good. There are no problems with compression or edge enhancement and the image remains stable throughout. Also it should be noted that there are some very mild instances of print debris, nothing obtrusive.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Italian. It should be noted that there are some portions of this film in which there was no English language recorded. And for these moments optional English subtitles have been included. However for the bulk of the Italian language track. There are no English subtitles. Outside of very faint background noise. Both audio mixes are in good shape as dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and there are no problems with distortion.
There is no extra content with this release. This release comes with a static menu that has the following options play main feature, English audio, Italian audio and chapter selection. Overall Scandalous Gilda gets a strong audio / video presentation from One 7 Movies.