O'Neill & Franco Nero Scorch the Screen
also called A FLOWER IN THE MOUTH and THE
director: Luigi Zampa music: Ennio Morricone
starring: Jennifer O'Neill · Franco Nero · James Mason · Prazio Orlando
· Claudio Gora
schoolteacher Elena Bardi transfers to a small Sicilian town, where
poverty and traditions remain very strong. Not long after her arrival,
a man who had been seen harassing her is found dead on a chair in the
middle of a courtyard with a flower stuck in his mouth. Of course, she
is the immediate suspect but lack of evidence allows her freedom. However,
the incident gives Elena respect and celebrity in the town. She befriends
a fellow teacher, Professor Michele Belcore, and they begin a sexually
charged relationship. Soon, there is another attack on Elena and the
brutes meet the same fate. She claims innocence, indicating that - perhaps
- she is under a curse. But the town boss, Antonio Bellacampo believes
something more is at stake.
exceptional cast punctuates this Italian rarity - including a memorable
performance from award-winning British actor James Mason as the townboss.
Mr Mason would die from a stroke ten years later at his home in Lausanne,
Switzerland, at age 75. The significant arc of the film revolves around
Professor Belcore and Elena, an intense sexually charged relationship
that features naked scenes from both Franco Nero and Jennifer O'Neill
(her only one in 55+ films).
Luigi Zampa would follow this motion picture with Sydne Rome's THE
MONSTER. He was one of the Italian filmmaker pioneers, responsible
for 40+ films between 1933 - 1979. Mr Zampa died from natural causes,
after his retirement, in August 1991 at age 86.
An Italian film
in English language; widescreen format (16:9), 108 minutes, encoded
for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American machine. Extras include
original theatrical trailer.
Female and Male
Nudity/Strong Sexual Situations/Violence
for Adult Audiences