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The Alcove

The trio Lilli Carati, Annie Belle and Laura Gemser, is overshadow all the flaws, of this film. And you can imagine why.
The three are the orders of Joe D'Amato, who for sure for commercial purposes seeks the way of erotic art film, like Tinto Brass in the wake of the great success of "La chiave" released few years earlier. Our hero would not need copy other styles because of eroticism (and porn) he knows a lot and of course, he shows. There are many good erotic scenes between the three protagonists, and we can only say... WOW!
Removing the appearance, we are in a story about a bored and morbid bourgeoisie family in the Fascist era, shortly before the proclamation of the empire. A romantic/erotic tangle that ends dramatically, but unfortunately in a bit absurd way.

Al Cliver a bit 'confused and certainly more comfortable in other genres plays a fascist and writer who returns from Africa bringing gifts to his second wife Alessandra (Lilli Carati) and his secretary Virna (Annie Belle), which during his absence they started a sentimental relationship. Between woven and carpets, there is also Zerbal (Laura Gemser not dubbed), a beautiful slave who introduce herself with a trashy “Hello! Go and get yourself fuck!” as naive greeting.
Well, this isn’t a good start and the two women unleashed on Zerbal jealousy and all forms of racism. But Zerbal then shows to be little wild and very astute managing to conquer Alessandra (to which was sold following funny lesbian ritual) so sparking jealousy of Virna and her husband and destroying the already weak balance. The highest dramatic point is reached by Virna who now unwanted became the main character, of a porn movie in which he loses his virginity. Her revenge, however, coming soon.

Joe D'Amato who works as always with low budgets, for better or for worse is not Tinto Brass. Which brings "L'Alcova" to be a low-cost imitation of the films of the Venetian director with a story that sometimes slips into the ridiculous. With lighter moments of relief, with jokes about fascism and tight shots on the actresses’ nudity testifying to the unquestioned ability to show eroticism, D'Amato creates a film that’s worth to watch. With its strengths and weaknesses.