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LOST SOUL (Anima Persa) (1977) lost Dino Risi
LOST SOUL (Anima Persa) (1977) lost Dino Risi

Dino Risi's Lost Gothic Mystery is Finally Available!
And it's Uncut


director: Dino Risi
starring: Vittorio Gassman · Catherine Deneuve · Danilo Mattei · Anicee Alvina



A relatively unknown film from the legendary Italian director Dino Risi, but don't let its obscurity keep you from experiencing its power and fright. Based loosely on the world-famous Robert Louis Stevens story (yes, that one), here is a gothic mystery set in the decaying city of Venice. Some critics say it reminds them of RESIDENCIA (House that Screamed), but as good as that film may be, this one - with the high quality acting and production values - is even better. Dino Risi made this motion picture right after his award-winning "Scent of a Woman" but the horrific element this time seemed to keep it from enjoying a major release. It ran for a short period in the United States under the title FORBIDDEN ROOM

A young man has come to Venice to attend a prestigious art school and live with his aunt and uncle. It soon becomes obvious that all is not quite right with the couple, and the mystery deepens as the young man begins hearing strange, frightening noises at night. Before long he decides to ignore firm instructions to the contrary and climb the 'forbidden' stairway to checkout the mysterious room at the top. To his surprise, someone seems to be living upstairs... but that's only the beginning of the shocking story.


An Italian film with English subtitles; widescreen format, totally uncut version (100 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American machine. Extras include trailers.


Violence/Drugs/Nudity: For Adult Audiences

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