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Florinda Bolkan

Florinda Bolkan
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The staunchest of eurobabes, Bolkan was equally at home in high-end period adventure stories (Royal Flash, 1975), Academy Award-winning police thriller (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, 1970), countercultural cameos (Candy, 1968) or sleazy giallo films. While not a salty sexpot of the same calibre as Neri or Fenech, Bolkan's angst-ridden performances have won her a legion of devoted fans. Her role as the represses housewife in Lucio Fulci's Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) turned to pure gold when she appeared in a surreal lesbian sequence with the alluring Anita Strindberg, and led to a reappearance in Fulci's Don't Torture A Duckling the following year. Footprints (1976), Luigi Bazzoni's follow-up to The Fifth Cord stars Bolkan as a paranoid repressive that echoes her character in Lizard...Another exploitation turn saw her in Franco Prosperi's intense rape-revenge pus The Seventh Woman (1978) alongside euro-hunk Ray Lovelock (and an offensively-placed AC/DC song), but Bolkan's best work is in the Gianfranco Mingozzi period epic Flavia the Heretic (1974), as the tormented devotee who must reconcile her spirituality with her feminist ideals. --Kier-La's Top 10 Sexadelic 70's Euro-Starlets (originally written for Celebrity Skin Magazine) via http://www.criminalcinema.com/films/EuroTrashStarlets.htm [Apr 2005]

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