Edgar Allan Poe meets Italian thriller
A precisely structured and deeply ambiguous mystery, imbued with eroticism and madness… and a typewriter, foreshadowing The Shining
Freely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Black Cat, the film shares a claustrophobic sense of paranoia with the work of the American author, something rarely found in cinema at the time, as films of this genre, although widely produced, were becoming less and less convincing. Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa… is a combination of Poe’s gothic style, the thrillers of Dario Argento and the enticements of erotic cinema (with the complicity of Edwige Fenech, who sports a delightful bob for the occasion). The resulting film is a precisely structured and deeply ambiguous mystery, full of looming madness, psychological disturbances and domestic sadism. But who is the victim and who is the maniac? A black cat called Satan will help us find out. Still an immensely popular title with fans around the world, it is also worth mentioning how it foreshadows Kubrick’s The Shining, with an obsessively repeated line typed out on a sheet of paper.
In a Venetian villa, a crisis-stricken writer, who is morbidly obsessed by the memory of his mother, is in a complex and abusive relationship with his submissive wife. To complicate matters, a young and open-minded niece arrives on the scene and allows herself to be seduced by both husband and wife. Meanwhile, a series of murders further upsets the already turbulent existence. The only person to remain alive will be betrayed by a sinister meow.