of Lucio Fulci's Top Five Films. A Must-See Venture"
Title: UNA SULL'ALTRA (One on Top of the Other)
director: Lucio Fulci
starring: Jean Sorel · Marisa Mell · Elsa Martinelli ·
Alberto De Mendoza · John Ireland · Bill Vanders
is a terrific erotic thriller from legendary filmmaker Lucio Fulci with
a well-constructed plot full of twists and unexpected turns plus
1960s San Francisco as a backdrop. This was the first of three giallos
helmed by Fulci in his early career (long before the FLESH
EATING ZOMBIE days) followed by WOMAN IN A LIZARD'S SKIN
TORTURE A DUCKLING. Besides the shockingly good narrative and
great performances, there's psychedelic body painting, nude dancing,
and an abundance of straight and kinky sex.
George Dumurier (played by Jean Sorel) is a handsome, privileged, rich
man who practices out of his own private medical clinic. He is married
to Susan (Marisa Mell) but their marriage is unhappy as she feels neglected.
And, yes, she should feel neglected. George has a longtime mistress
named Jane (Elsa Martinelli) but he doesn't want to leave Susan due
to her deteriorating health. While he's away on a 'business' trip, Susan
suddenly dies after taking incorrect medicine. Her death leaves the
good doctor the recipient of a large life insurance policy. This gets
the attention of the police who believe George actually killed his wife.
A bit later, while detectives are trying to find evidence against him,
he encounters a stripper who looks strikingly similar to Susan. Very
similar. George starts believing that his wife isn't really dead, but
rather leading a double life.