Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 25

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AKA: Non Si Sevizia Un Paperino
Directed by: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Barbara Bouchet (Rich woman), Florinda Bolkan (Witch), Marc Porel (Priest), Tomas Milian (Journalist), Irene Papas (Priest’s mother), Georges Wilson (Uncle Francesco)
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Runtime: 01:48:13
Genres: Killer, Detective, Occult, Violence against Women, Old-Young Relationships

Plot – Spoilers:
In a southern Italian town, the kids roam the vast countryside and hills looking for adventure and anything that titillates their blooming sexuality. Their world is dotted by several colorful characters:
A bored and rich city girl contemptuous of the villagers’ outlook, but who has a special narcissistic interest in the young boys.
A young priest obsessed with preserving morality in the town and who tries to keep the boys engaged through their shared love for football.
A crazy woman who lost a baby years back and is now believed to be a witch. She too has her eyes on the boys as they trespass into places she considers sacred.
The village idiot who’s often bullied by the boys.

And then someone starts killing the children. The village idiot is picked up, but the case doesn’t seem convincing enough….

One of Lucio Fulci’s best and his breakout into the gore/giallo genre, of which he would become one of the masters. Great ’70s Italian music too, memorably used in a violent sequence.

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Dmt_Perception
Dmt_Perception
February 7, 2021 2:15 pm

Fulci’s best work & one of the best giallo’s ever. I own this one but bravo for adding it admin!

fred fat
fred fat
February 7, 2021 8:50 pm

unbelievable – a fulci film with structure and relatively coherent

Mandy
Mandy
February 11, 2021 3:31 am

Does this movie Get better/more action over time? Watched 20 minutes and had trouble liking it,
If it’s a slow movie though I’ll pass for now 🙂

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
February 12, 2021 12:40 am

Admins, any Giallo is always a great addition, but this was an especially good choice, thanks! This film is arguably a pillar of the Giallo subgenre, Fulci’s favorite, as well as the first film in which he cranked up the violence a bit, almost(somewhat) to his trademark level. I remember years ago when I first got this film when it finally released in America, good times. The priest going off the cliff at the end always makes me laugh, lol. Tho I consider The Psychic (aka Sette Note in Nero) to be Fulci’s best giallo (and one of my all-time… Read more »

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
February 12, 2021 9:46 am

Hello, Elliot, Zed Man here, just a quick question to you, how do you feel about Dario Argento films? There are too many to mention here but my favorites would be Phenomenon, aka ”Creepers” and Tenebrae. I have been trying to obtain a few of these for my collection, but the only versions I can find are the ones that have been cut to shit and not worth watching imo. Cheers!

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Zed Man
February 12, 2021 10:14 pm

Hi Zed, long time no chat, lol. Personally I love Argento’s films, but it’s a sad case of when a legend didn’t know when to quit. He’s also a slippery slope w the Giallo ‘purists’ too. The former regarding how his last few films have been appallingly bad, to the point where his reputation took a hit, imo. Everything he directed up o the point of Mother of Tears was at the worst, decent-good, but u could see a steady decline had occurred for a while. Ppl hated Mother of Tears, but I thought it was alright, and I give… Read more »

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
February 13, 2021 9:22 am

Thanks Elliot, you are a minefield of information. Strangely enough, after my comment, I went on You Tube, and lo and behold found Suspiria, Inferno and others there totally uncut. I too liked Mother of Tears, nothing like a chick being strangled with her own intestines, and a baby thrown off a bridge ( though I did not enjoy that bit ). I will keep hunting around for those DA movies. I have recently watched Torso and Pieces, not sure if they are giallo but liked them nevertheless. Nice chatting, cheers.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Zed Man
February 13, 2021 11:54 pm

Ya u can find a ton of gialli on YouTube amazingly, lotta classics. Tubi has some good ones too if u know what ur looking for already. Pieces was Spanish, so it’s out right there, but I can see the similarities(love that film), but Torso totally is a Giallo, a badass one at that, n was directed by Sergio Martino, who also did one of my all-time favs, Your Vice Is A Locked Room and Only I Have The Key (fukn love that title) so b *sure* to check that one out, as well as his others, most of which… Read more »

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
April 5, 2021 11:39 am

Elliot, where are you? Have not seen any comments from you in a couple months. I miss chatting about films with you and reading your comments. Hope you are ok. Cheers, man.

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
July 27, 2021 2:40 am

“At what point is the artists work not his anymore”? Never. The work is always his. It is his/hers/theys and it is a piece of time and space, a part of the grand complete history of humanity.. If it is a less than great work of art, then people argue over interpretation. A great piece of art is clear, even if filled to the brim with miniscule details that only God would notice. (This doesn’t mean art can’t use sophisticated techniques or have complex messages!) Nevertheless, it should be clear on an elementary level. People appreciate paintings like Picasso not… Read more »

tonyelmono
tonyelmono
September 22, 2021 5:21 am

Excellent movie.Thanks again EUM!

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