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The Forbidden Room (1977 film)

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The Forbidden Room
Italian film poster by Piero Ermanno Iaia[1]
Directed byDino Risi
Screenplay by
Based onUn'anima persa
by Giovanni Arpino
Produced by
  • Pio Angeletti
  • Adriano De Micheli[2]
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli[2]
Edited byAlberto Gallitti[2]
Music byFrancis Lai[2]
  • Dean Film
  • Les Productions Fox Europa
Distributed byFox/Dean Film
Release dates
  • 20 January 1977 (1977-01-20) (Italy)
  • 23 March 1977 (1977-03-23) (France)
Running time
100 minutes[2]
  • Italy
  • France

The Forbidden Room (Italian: Anima persa) is a 1977 thriller film directed by Dino Risi.[3][page needed] It is based on the novel Un'anima persa by Giovanni Arpino.[1] The film was co-production between Italy and France by Dean Film and Les Productions Fox Europa.[2]

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Tino (Danilo Mattei) arrives as a guest in the large family home of the Stolz's, Fabio (Vittorio Gassman) and Elisa (Catherine Deneuve) in Venice, eager to take a painting class at art school. He immediately notices the uneasy atmosphere hovering over the huge, partially dilapidated house. His uncle turns out to be a surly and severe man who treats his wife, Elisa, with little respect. She, in turn, seems psychologically submissive and resigned to this controlled existence. To further disturb Tino's stay, there are strange noises coming from the attic, a place he is initially forbidden to visit, but which he then - thanks to the elderly housekeeper - discovers is the secret room where Berth, his uncle's brother, and ex-science professor. The man apparently went mad after the death of Elisa's ten-year-old daughter, Beba, born from her first marriage and to whom he was very attached. But more surprises lay in store.



The Forbidden Room was based on the novel L'anima persa written by Giovanni Arpino and published in 1966. Director Dino Risi had previously adapted Arpino's novel previously, as Profumo di donna.[4]

Risi's adaptation of L'anima persa changed the novels location from Turin to Venice and changed the names, features and characteristics of some characters such as Tino's uncle and aunt Galla.[4]


The Forbidden Room was distributed theatrically in Italy by Fox/Dean Film on 20 January 1977.[2] In Italy, the film grossed a total of 857,364,083 Italian lire domestically.[2] The film was released in France on 23 March 1977 as Âmes perdues.[2]

See also

List of Italian films of 1977



  1. ^ a b Curti 2017, p. 170.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Curti 2017, p. 169.
  3. ^ Lino Miccichè (2000). Una vita difficile, di Dino Risi: risate amare nel lungo dopoguerra. Marsilio, 2000. ISBN 88-317-7432-8.
  4. ^ a b Curti 2017, p. 171.


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