Col cuore in gola

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Col cuore in gola
Col cuore in gola-poster.jpg
Directed by Tinto Brass
Screenplay by
Based on Il sepolcro di carta
by Sergio Donati
Starring
Music by Armando Trovajoli[1]
Cinematography Silvano Ippoliti[1]
Edited by Tinto Brass[1]
Production
companies
  • Panda
  • Les Films Corona[1]
Release date
  • 1967 (1967) (Italy)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
Country
  • Italy
  • France[1]

Col cuore in gola (lit. With Heart in Mouth[2]) is a 1967 giallo film directed by Tinto Brass. It is loosely based on the novel Il sepolcro di carta (The Paper Tomb)[2] written by Sergio Donati. The film used storyboards from cartoonist Guido Crepax. It has been released under several titles includingDeadly Sweet and I Am What I Am.[2]

Plot[edit]

A French actor named Bernard (Jean-Louis Trintignant) comes across a beautiful young woman (Ewa Aulin) bending over the corpse of a murdered nightclub owner in London. He believes her that she is innocent of the crime, and runs off with her to protect her from a group of criminal types who are stalking her.

Cast[edit]

Ewa Aulin in the film


Production[edit]

Col cuore in gola was adapated from the paperback novel Il sepolcro di carta (1955) by Sergio Donati.[3] Brass noted he was not very fond of the novel, and his producers wanted Jean-Louis Trintignant as the lead.[3] On meeting Trintignant, he told him a different story than that of the novel which lead him to accept the role.[3] Brass had then sent over the actual script stating that he had changed his mind.[3] The films working title at this point was Enigma.[2]

Brass did later change the plot, moving the story location from Rome to London noting that "London represented what Paris had represented before it: the place of transgression and freedom. Lots of things were happening. The Beatles were only one of them. It was Europe's liveliest urban center."[3] Brass expressed that he "wanted to make a film in ideograms-like in Chinese writing, where a symbol indicates a whole concept. So I did not film a horse but an eye, or a spur. The characters eem two-dimension, as in a comic."[3] In 1966 director Tinto Brass contacted Guido Crepax to draw the storyboards for the Cuol cuore in gola.[3] Crepax created color storyboards even though he was used to working in black-and-white.[3] For the cinematographer, Brass noted that his previous director of photography Bruno Barcarol had died and he needed a new one.[4][5] Brass later chose Silvano Ippoliti as he reminded him a bit of Barcarol.[5]

Release[edit]

Col cuore in gola was released in Italy in 1967 where it was not a commercial success.[1][5] It has been released in France under the titles Le couer aux levres and En cinquieme vitesse (lit. The Fifth Speed).[2]

The film was shown in the United States in Portland, Oregon on 7 September 1969.[6] The film was released in the United States as I Am What I Am on the Cult Epics label.[2][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Curti 2016, p. 62.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Luther-Smith 1999, p. 24.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Curti 2016, p. 63.
  4. ^ Curti 2016, p. 64.
  5. ^ a b c d Curti 2016, p. 65.
  6. ^ "Deadly Sweet". American Film Institute. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 

Sources[edit]

  • Curti, Roberto (2016). Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 978-1-936168-60-6. 
  • Luther-Smith, Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing. 


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