So Sweet... So Perverse

So Sweet... So Perverse (Italian: Così dolce... così perversa) is a giallo film directed by Umberto Lenzi and written by Ernesto Gastaldi, starring Carroll Baker.

So Sweet...So Perverse
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Produced by
Screenplay byErnesto Gastaldi[1]
Music byRiz Ortolani
CinematographyGuglielmo Mancori[1]
Edited byEugenio Alabiso[1]
  • Zenith Cinematografica
  • Flora Film
  • Tritone Filmindustria Roma S.r.l.
  • Rapid-Film GmbH[2]
Release date
  • 31 October 1969 (1969-10-31) (Italy)
  • 26 February 1971 (1971-02-26) (France)
Running time
92 minutes[2]
  • Italy
  • France
  • West Germany[2]


Jean, a rich Parisian socialite, comes to the aid of a frightened young woman (Nicole) who lives in the apartment below him who is under the domineering control of her abusive boyfriend, Klaus. Although he is married, Jean develops a romantic relationship with Nicole, not realizing that she and Klaus are involved in a plot to murder Jean for a $20,000.00 payoff. Nicole eventually falls in love with their intended victim, but Klaus kills Jean and burns his body in a car, making it look like he died in an accident. It transpires that Jean's wife Danielle conspired with Nicole to kill her rich husband, but when she begins to feel remorse, Nicole's ingenious plan moves into gear.



Following the release of Orgasmo, director Umberto Lenzi and actress Carroll Baker worked again on another giallo film.[1] The script by Ernesto Gastaldi borrows plot elements from Henri-Georges Clouzot's film Les Diaboliques (1955) and like many gialli of the era, reveled in displaying the bad behavior of wealthy protagonists.[1]

Riz Ortolani provided the music score, which includes a ballad called Why? sung by J. Vincent Edward. It would be later re-used in Lenzi's film Seven Bloodstained Orchids.[3]


So Sweet...So Perverse was released in Italy on October 31, 1969 and in France on February 26, 1971.[4][5]


  1. Howarth 2015, p. 111.
  2. "Così dolce... così perversa". Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  3. Luther-Smith 1999, p. 110.
  4. Firsching, Robert. "Kiss Me, Kill Me". AllMovie. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  5. "Cosi dolce, cosi perversa (1969) Umberto Lenzi" (in French). Retrieved July 31, 2017.


  • Howarth, Troy (2015). So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films. Midnight Marquee Press, Inc. ISBN 1936168502.
  • Luther-Smith, Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies'. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd.

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