8 September 2006 | Bunuel1976
ISLAND OF THE SWEDES (Silvio Amadio, 1969) **
Scouring the late night Italian TV channels yields a couple of intriguing (if utterly obscure) titles every week and this is certainly one of them; what drew me to it, apart from the involvement of Amadio - later director of the notoriously sexy giallo AMUCK! (1972) - was also the film's lesbian theme which was quite novel at the time.
Anyway, the film deals with a heterosexual couple having the latest in a long series of arguments, with the girl (Catherine Diamant) leaving lock, stock and barrel to live on an island owned by her sexually ambiguous best friend (Ewa Green). The latter has one last, unsuccessful attempt at bedding the mainland stud before her companion arrives, whereupon they embark on frequent (and completely) naked outings to the beach. Unfortunately, their idyllic existence is occasionally disrupted by Diamant's fiancée and the aforementioned stud. Ultimately, Diamant gives in to her "normal" cravings until Green makes good use of a shotgun which had previously seen no active service but which is soon being fired away in all directions in an unexpected Zaroff-like manhunt...
The film features a lush score by Roberto Pregadio but, unfortunately, variations on the main theme are used practically all through the picture whether the music is attuned to the current sequence or not. Furthermore, the thing is almost half over (at least in the trimmed version I watched) before anything remotely interesting i.e. titillating happens but, as I mentioned earlier, the chase finale - complete with a twist ending - almost makes up for this deficiency. The girls, of course, are attractive - Green in particular who, however, has the lesser amount of nude scenes!