Euro Cult Movie Forum => Gialli => Topic started by: Paul on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:44

Title: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:44
Original Italian title: Il Profumo della signora in nero

An excellent film. It seems unfair (and rather misguided) that the film is often refered to as a giallo - it's more a character study in the vein of Roman Polanski's Repulsion, IMO. The real stand out is Mimsy Farmer, however, who is a real revelation in the cenral role.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 13 Jul 2007 - 12:03
This is very similar in tone to Luigi Bazzoni's Le Orme(Footprints) and i think you're right about it be unfairly refered to as a giallo Paul as i certainly wouldn't put it in that genre either,quite difficult to define this really but the word classic does come to mind.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:15
It's a really affecting film and Mimsy Farmer is temendous in it. this really does polarise people. I've had conversations with many people that dislike it and they usually cite the languid pacing or the ending. I would definitely agree with you, Stephen. It's a classic.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:25
It's definitely a classic in my estimations. A superb film, I can see the tenuous link that makes some people call it a Gialli but, it is, like Comp says a Polianski style character study. I've probably only seen Mimsy in a handful of films in fact only 'Autopsy' springs to mind after this film. She is really great in this, slowly going nuts, and I found the end to be quite touching and sad. When I say the end, I mean the rooftop scene with Mimsy on her own... Not the bit after it.  :D

One of my most prized DVD's the Raro edition of this film has a brilliant transfer, only ever saw this film on VHS prior to the DVD via the Greek tape.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:27
I've probably only seen Mimsy in a handful of films in fact only 'Autopsy' springs to mind after this film. She is really great in this, slowly going nuts, and I

You musr have seen Fulci's BLACK CAT and Argento's FOUR FLIES, Jonny?
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:29
You musr have seen Fulci's BLACK CAT and Argento's FOUR FLIES, Jonny?

Saw 'Black Cat' about 15 years ago on a VTC VHS and can't remember much about it to be honest, never seen 'Four Flies' I've got various copies of it but never got around to seeing it... :(
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Fray G on 15 Jul 2007 - 22:00
I need to get a new copy of this, I only have the older italian only Raro release that someone found in a roman bargain bin and brought me back. I watched it one night whilst blitzed and decided I should upgrade. Can't remember much about it now.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 16 Jul 2007 - 08:27
I need to get a new copy of this, I only have the older italian only Raro release that someone found in a roman bargain bin and brought me back. I watched it one night whilst blitzed and decided I should upgrade. Can't remember much about it now.

If it's the Raro DVD - I believe that's the only digital release the film has had worldwide.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 16 Jul 2007 - 08:35
I need to get a new copy of this, I only have the older italian only Raro release that someone found in a roman bargain bin and brought me back. I watched it one night whilst blitzed and decided I should upgrade. Can't remember much about it now.
This is the de Agostini edition with Italian language only,part of their 'I Maestria della Paura' series.I think they licensed it from Minerva/Raro and sell them cheaply in bargain bins,newsstands etc.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Fray G on 16 Jul 2007 - 22:11
I need to get a new copy of this, I only have the older italian only Raro release that someone found in a roman bargain bin and brought me back. I watched it one night whilst blitzed and decided I should upgrade. Can't remember much about it now.
This is the de Agostini edition with Italian language only,part of their 'I Maestria della Paura' series.I think they liscensed it from Minerva/Raro and sell them cheaply in bargain bins,newsstands etc.

Yes, this is indeed the one. Apologies, I should have realised it was a later release.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: violentprofessional on 30 Jul 2007 - 14:55
I'm in the minority with a negative view of this film.I'm a tolerate person when it comes to watching films but this
one grated on my nerves.It stems from my dislike of Rosemary's Baby,the occult,voodoo conspiracy +the scenes of her as a child went on for too long.I usually do not like kids in films except if they have to be in the background.Only exception would be The Window '49 with Bobby Driscoll due to the way he handles himself against the person who wants to kill him. Other roles that Mimsy Farmer star in such as Four Flies On Grey Velvet,a favorite film & Autopsy I admire.The cinematography is outstanding & Raro Video did a fantastic quality release.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 30 Jul 2007 - 14:58
Welcome ViolentProffessional, have you come from The spaghetti western forum? ::)
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 30 Jul 2007 - 15:18
Welcome Violent professional :P

The movie didn't do much for me either although I also have to admit its cinematography was great and so was the Raro disc. I had been hearing great words about the movie for years and had very high expectations- the movie just failed to live up to them. I'd rather watch THE SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS anytime!
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: ecc on 12 Mar 2011 - 09:44
DVDBeaver comparison of Raro/E1 and Raro Italy (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_reviews53/the_perfume_of_the_lady_in_black.htm)
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Petri on 05 Dec 2012 - 08:14
Just watched this film last night! It was pretty clear from the start that this wouldn't be your standard gialli. Like others have stated that this is more of a character study is quite right. This time I was little bit disappointed by that because I wanted to see something more action packed.

When I got over the slow pacing start, I actually started to like this film. The film is very eerie and atmospheric. What happens in this film isn't so obvious, many strange things happens as Mimsy goes through her childhood traumas. Are these weird cultist driving Mimsy mad or are they just opportunist who attack when they see prey. And the ending seemed  kind of odd. It fits the theme with the cult but something about it just isn't right. I think that film should have ended with the scene where Mimsy is on the roof.

Gonna watch extras from the Raro DVD today if they offers something interesting in English :)
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: Strigoyu on 07 Jan 2013 - 18:27
Watched my copy some time ago and I think it is a great film. Not the Bava and Argento type, of course, but I agree with some mates here that Mimsy Farmer did a great job. I wonder why she was not so much requested for these kind of movies... Maybe she was not that stunning as others (Fenech, Benussi, Neri, Mell, Scott, etc.) but she was a much better actress than any of them. Quite strange for me...
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: fenriz on 05 Feb 2016 - 09:50
Another bump ! ;D

I just found that Xrated released a blu ray of Perfume, i wonder if it's better than Raro blu ?
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: fenriz on 13 Feb 2016 - 12:17
Here's the spec for the german disc, i should receive it soon with No,Il caso Blu


DAS PARFÜM DER DAME IN SCHWARZ

X-Rated-Eurocult-Collection #16 (Mediabook DVD+Bluray)

Cover A limitiert und durchnummeriert auf 888 Stück
Cover B limitiert und durchnummeriert auf 444 Stück

„2016 startet das Label X-Rated seinen 20. Jahrgang. Einen besseren Opener als Parfüm hätte es schwerlich geben können“ Andreas Bethmann

„Es gibt immer wieder Filme, wo ich mich als analytischer Kommentator extrem freue. Und gerade dieser Film, der zum ersten Mal in deutscher Sprache vorliegt und hoffentlich auch ein verdientes größeres Publikum findet, galt bisher seit 1974 eher als Geheimtipp“
Dr. Marcus Stiglegger

Handlung: Die junge Sylvia wird von rätselhaften Alpträumen heimgesucht, in denen unheilvolle Bilder des rätselhaften Todes ihrer Mutter auftauchen. Ihr Freund Roberto beginnt langsam sie für geistig verwirrt zu halten. Lediglich in ihrem Nachbarn, einem alten Herrn von nebenan, findet sie eine Art Vaterfigur. Sie beginnt sich immer häufiger in ihr Apartment zurück zu ziehen. Dort verspürt sie jedoch keine Sicherheit. Unheimliche Vorfälle häufen sich und ein erstes Todesopfer gibt es zu beklagen. Ist Sylvia in Gefahr? Eine unvorhersehbare Wendung wird alles verändern!

Mit dieser Mischung aus Giallo und Horrorfilm schuf Regisseur Francesco Barilli eine echtes Meisterwerk, das als Geheimtipp unter den Sammlern gehandelt wird und bis hin zum Ende den Zuschauer über alles im Unklaren lässt. „Das Parfüm der Dame in Schwarz“ wurde weltweit erstmalig in HD abgetastet und extra für diese Veröffentlichung mit einer deutschen Synchronisation versehen, die viele klassische Sprecher aus alten Tagen beinhaltet.

Ausstattung:
- Weltweite HD-Premiere und erstmalig in deutscher Sprache!
- Audiokommentar von Dr. Marcus Stiglegger über die Bedeutung dieses Filmes, seine Vergleiche zu Polanski und Suspiria, und die Analyse darüber, warum dieser Film eine Mischung aus Giallo und Horrorfilm darstellt.
- Booklet mit 16 Seiten und den Beiträgen „Wer sind die netten Leute von nebenan“ von Christian Kessler, sowie „Das Parfüm der Dame in Schwarz – ein dreifaches Jubiläum“ von Andreas Bethmann
- Deutscher Trailer
- Englischer Vor- und Abspann
- Interview mit Regisseur Francesco Barilli über die Entstehung dieses Filmes, die Auswahl der Schauspieler, den Produktionsumständen und dem ursprünglichen Drehbuch
- Englischer und deutscher Trailer
- Visuelle Audiotracks „Mimsy“ und „Il profumo“
- Italienische Originalfassung mit deutschen und englischen Untertiteln.
- Videoeinleitung von Bodod Traber (Autor Dialogbuch) und Gerd Naumann (Aufnahmeleitung) über die Bedeutung der deutschen Fassung und seiner besonderen Synchronsprecher für diesen Film.
- Mediabooks im Innenteil durchnummeriert.

Länge: 104 Minuten (Blu-ray), 99 Minuten (DVD)
Format: 1080p /24fps (Blu-ray), anamorph 16:9 (DVD)
Sprache: Deutsch, Italienisch
Untertitel: Deutsch, Englisch

Auslieferung: 25. Januar 2016 um 16 Uhr
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: medway garage on 14 Feb 2016 - 20:59
Länge: 104 Minuten (Blu-ray), 99 Minuten (DVD)
Format: 1080p /24fps (Blu-ray), anamorph 16:9 (DVD)
Sprache: Deutsch, Italienisch
Untertitel: Deutsch, Englisch

I'm hearing that there isn't any English subs on the film only the dub, can someone who has the disc please check. Thanks.
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: medway garage on 18 Feb 2016 - 19:46
Got the disc today and as suspected....no english subs for the Italian track only the English dub.

So much for "Italienische Originalfassung mit deutschen und englischen Untertiteln." because unless it's very well hidden it's not on there....FFS!
Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: fenriz on 20 Feb 2016 - 10:52
Shit, my order is still on hold but cannot cancel so Xrated will do fine!

I read it's source from Raro disc so a disaster release sadly!

Title: Re: Perfume Of The Lady In Black (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
Post by: drmiaow on 30 Apr 2017 - 10:59
I watched the 88 Films Blu-ray of this yesterday. It's not due on Amazon UK until the 26th of June, but they're selling it on their website with a slipcase, so... it's more expensive than the £8.99 Amazon is currently quoting, but it's one of my favourite gialli and I couldn't wait. For what it's worth, I think it's a very decent release. A good, vibrant transfer, in English and Italian (with subs), although there aren't really any extras to speak of - an English trailer, and the alternate Italian opening and closing credits. There's a booklet too.
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Post by: babybreese on 30 Apr 2017 - 16:11
Same master as seen on the Raro Blu...scanner noise central.
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Post by: drmiaow on 30 Apr 2017 - 20:12
I haven't seen the Raro Blu, but the 88 Films version looked pretty good to me. I'll be interested to see what the consensus is.