Enfantasme is a 1978 film co-written and directed by Sergio Gobbi. It is based on the novel Enfantasme by Georges-Jean Arnaud.

Directed bySergio Gobbi
Screenplay by
Based onEnfantasme
by Georges-Jean Arnaud
Music byStelvio Cipriani[1]
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri[1]
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni[1]
  • Ark Cinematografica
  • Paris Cannes Production A.A.[1]
Distributed byBattistelli
Release date
  • 5 November 1978 (1978-11-05) (Italy)
  • 8 November 1978 (1978-11-08) (France)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • France[1]




Enfantasme was director Sergio Gobbi's fourteenth film which he chose to adapt the novel Enfantasme by French writer Georges-Jean Arnaud.[1] Gobbi described the films title as a play on words based on the French words "enfant" for child, "fantasme" (ghost)" and the verb "enfanter" (to conceive a child).[2] Gobbi stated the film could have been "turned into a product of the Exorcist thread, or a paranormal film, Audrey Rose-style. Whereas I don't want to be conditioned or stick to formulas.[3][4]

Enfantasme was shot in five weeks in the village of Bormio.[5]


Enfantasme was distributed in Italy where it was distributed by Battistelli on 5 November 1978.[1] In Italy, the film grossed a total of 9,157,000 Italian lire domestically.[1] It was released in France asL'enfant de nuit: Les inconnus aux petit pieds on 8 November 1978.[1]

The novel of the film was adapated again for film in 2009 by Jean-Paul Guyon as Sommeil blanc.[5]


Italian film historian Roberto Curti described the critical reception to the film on its released as "mixed."[5]



  1. Curti 2017, p. 190.
  2. Acconciamessa, Mirella (16 March 1978). "Il cinema francese? È morto". L'Unità.
  3. "La Belli madre impazzita in un film-sfida francese". La Stampa. 17 March 1978.
  4. Curti 2017, p. 191.
  5. Curti 2017, p. 192.


  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970–1979. McFarland. ISBN 1476629609.

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