- Directed by Silvio Amadio
- Starring Catherine Diamant, Ewa Green, Wolfgang Hillinger, Nino Segurini
- Written by Silvio Amadio, Roberto Natale
Island of the Swedish Girls (1969) -- This is a remarkable, little-known Italian thriller from director Silvio Amadio, who brought us the great AMUCK and SMILE BEFORE DEATH, among others. This one is about as stripped down as a story can get, but it never fails to deliver the goods; it's compelling, well acted and expertly shot by the great Joe D'Amato, who earned his reputation for his cinematography work prior to becoming a director himself.
The story concerns a young woman who is unhappily involved with a stodgy, sexist man. She decides to take a break from him and go stay with an old girlfriend of hers, who is wealthy and has a beautiful estate on an exotic island. They have a great deal of fun, and it becomes progressively obvious that the rich girl has a big crush on the heroine. The heroine's male lover arrives at the island in the hope of convincing his lady to return home with him, but she puts up a struggle; when it looks like she's about to cave in to his advances, the rich lesbian becomes jealous and decides to grab a hunting rifle, leading to a genuinely intense and exciting finale.
Amadio's direction, while not as strikingly assured as in his later works, is top notch here; he knows how to stage a scene, and his handling of the actors is on an expert level. If you're a fan of somewhat lurid Italian pulp cinema, you won't want to miss this one.
Island of the Swedish Girls DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 7/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.