The Forbidden Room (1977 film)

The Forbidden Room (Italian: Anima persa) is a 1977 thriller film directed by Dino Risi.[3] It is based on the novel Un'anima persa by Giovanni Arpino. The film was co-production between Italy and France by Dean Film and Les Productions Fox Europa.[2]

The Forbidden Room
Italian film poster by Piero Ermanno Iaia[1]
Directed byDino Risi
Produced by
  • Pio Angeletti
  • Adriano De Micheli[2]
Screenplay by
Based onUn'anima persa
by Giovanni Arpino
Music byFrancis Lai[2]
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli[2]
Edited byAlberto Gallitti[2]
  • Dean Film
  • Les Productions Fox Europa
Distributed byFox/Dean Film
Release date
  • 20 January 1977 (1977-01-20) (Italy)
  • 23 March 1977 (1977-03-23) (France)
Running time
100 minutes[2]
  • Italy
  • France




The Forbidden Room was based on the novel L'anima persa written by Giovanni Arpino and published in 1966.[1] Director Dino Risi had previously adapted Arpino's novel previously, as Profumo di donna.[4]

Risi's adaptation of L'anima persa changed the novels location from Turin to Venice and changed the names, features and characteristics of some characters such as Tino's uncle and aunt Galla.[4]


The Forbidden Room was distributed theatrically in Italy by Fox/Dean Film on 20 January 1977.[2] In Italy, the film grossed a total of 857,364,083 Italian lire domestically.[2] The film was released in France on 23 March 1977 as Âmes perdues.[2]

See also

List of Italian films of 1977



  1. Curti 2017, p. 170.
  2. Curti 2017, p. 169.
  3. Lino Miccichè. Una vita difficile, di Dino Risi: risate amare nel lungo dopoguerra. Marsilio, 2000. ISBN 88-317-7432-8.
  4. Curti 2017, p. 171.


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

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