It was released by Paramount Pictures, but no Paramount logo and no mention of Paramount appeared anywhere on the film or on the publicity materials, for Paramount released it through a subsidiary called Films Distributing Corporation.
Deadly Sweet was shown as a second-bill to an exploitation movie called Sweden: Heaven and Hell at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Oregon, from the 17th through the 30th of September 1969.
Interior of the Paramount in Portland
Later on, Deadly Sweet played as a second-bill to an exploitation movie called The Minx at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, from the 11th through the 17th of March 1970.
Exterior and interior shots of the brilliantly bizarre-looking Paramount Theatre in Oakland
Shortly afterwards, in April 1970, Deadly Sweet was withdrawn from release in the US.
It probably played at several other cinemas as well between April 1969 and March 1970.
Did you see it?
Do you know anybody who saw it?
Do you know where the preview (trailer) is?
If you have any information on the US/Canadian presentations of this movie in 1969/1970, please contact me right away!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
If you need more clues,
please see my web essay at DEADLY SWEET,
where I post literally everything I know about this obscure little movie.
Here are some illustrations and news stories that may amuse you:
Director Tinto Brass souvenirs a moment with his lead
Betty Martin, Movie Call Sheet: Burke, Bixby Given Roles, The Los Angeles Times, Monday, 14 March 1967, p D14:
Ewa Aulin, 17-year-old Swedish beauty and current Miss Teen International, will make her film debut opposite Jean Louis Trintignant in With Bated Breath, being produced by Panda Productions of Rome beginning March 27 in London under the direction of Tinto Brass. Miss Aulin will return to Hollywood this week for the
Tinto Brass and Ewa Aulin get along famously
Variety, Wednesday, 16 March 1967, p. 32:
...Following her screen debut in Alberto Lattuadas Don Giovanni in Sicily, Swedens Ewa Aulin teams with Jean Louis Trintignant in the Donati-Carpentieri production of Heart in the Mouth late this month in London under the direction of Tinto Brass.
Variety, Wednesday, 26 March 1967, p. 32:
ITALIAN FILM DIRECTORS
Tinto BrassNow in London with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Swedens Ewa Aulin filming Heart in the Mouth for Panda Film.
Variety, Wednesday, 26 March 1967,
ITALIAN FILM PRODUCTION
PANDA Producers Donati and Carpentiere are no longer grinding out quickies for others and their current list of pix to come is decidedly more impressive. Tinto Brass is directing Heart in The Mouth, on extended London locations with Jean Louis Trintignant and Swedish newcomer Ewa Aulin, while Damiano Damiani is preparing to film Mafia Vendetta from Leonardo Sciascias novel, Knopf published in U.S.A. Final Panda project is tentatively called Rififi in the Kremlin.
Hollywood Reporter, Thursday, 27 March 1967:
Ewa Aulin in Pic Debut
Ewa Aulin, 17-year-old Swedish for-
International Sound Track, Variety (weekly), 6 September 1967:
Italy not only has five entries in the running for main award Golden Lion of San Marco, but has a sixth getting a world-preem showcase here out of competition on the final afternoon. Film is Tinto Brasss Col Cuore Nella Gola [sic] (Heart in My Mouth). Brass is a prominent Venetian, which only partially explains last-minute string-pulling to program the Panda production.
Venice 1967, Films in Review, October 1967:
September 8. Today more attention was paid to rumors of what the jury was doing than to the films that were screened. In fact, the Italian thriller which Tinto Brass made in London and calls Col cuore in gola (Heart in the Throat) is merely a fatuous twiddling about being with it.
|VHS, dubbed into Italian,
long out of print
|DVD, dubbed into Italian,
released in December 2007
|The London Underground|
|The guy in the middle is David Prowse (who played Julian in A Clockwork Orange and Darth Vader in Star Wars)|
|That many deer in Hyde Park?|
|Her only movie rôle: Monique Scoazec as Veronica Yassupova|
|Monique Scoazec, Jean Louis Trintignant, Charles Kohler|
|Who is this guy? Is he credited?|
|My old neighborhood|
|Was this guy credited?|
|I think this guy appeared again in Nerosubianco, but Im not sure|
|Mr Leris, punished for his sins. Who is this actor? Ive seen him somewhere, but I cant place him. He looks vaguely like Guido Crepax, but I doubt thats who it is.|
|THE FOLLOWING FEW FRAME CAPTURES ILLUSTRATE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DONT HAVE SUFFICIENT BUDGET FOR NEGATIVE CUTTING|
|I cant compare these VHS frames with the Italian DVD, because the Italian DVD deletes them all. The action is all cut out. The techies took a few clean frames, froze them, and cut back and forth among them. Well, that gets rid of the messy tape edges, but it wrecks this sequence, as well as the other rapidly cut sequences throughout the movie. Drat!!!!! All the intricacy is gone, substituted with typical TV-show-type flashiness. This was my favorite bit in the whole movie, but now its completely ruined. So if youve got the VHS, consider yourself lucky. Hang onto it! In all the sequences with rapid cutting, the VHS is authentic. You know, Ive griped so much about business folks and techies altering other peoples works that hardly anyone wants to talk to me anymore. And Ive killed any chance of getting a career in showbiz. On the plus side, though, the forthcoming Cult Epics DVD will leave these rapidly cut sequences intact. Hooray!!!!!|
|Two samples from the eyelash scene, entirely re-edited and entirely ruined for the Italian DVD. Wait for the forthcoming Cult Epics DVD, which will be better.|
|In this shot, the VHS has more of the image. As for the DVD, see what happens when projectionists dont frame properly? But there I go, complaining again...|
|Most of the stuff at the happening must have been documentary shots of a real happening|
|This guy coming down the sliding board reminds me so much of Peter OToole|
Below are frame grabs from the only love scenes, which are exceedingly brief and definitely not worthy of an X by any means:
Super 8 abridgment
(Photo courtesy of Lees Cameras of London)
Méxican lobby cards
Excerpt from The Jet Sounds of Nicola Conti, The Millionaire :
NC: And then I would say theres another very important movie, which is kind of a not-very-well-known movie, but I really suggest you to get a hold of it. Its a movie done by a director called Tinto Brass; now he is very famous for kind of sexploitation movies, erotic kind of movies and very stupid stuff.... In the 60s he was one of those experimental directors in Italy, and he made a movie called Col cuore in gola, which is... I dont know how to translate that. It means probably Heart in Your Throat or something like that. And its a movie thats very much inspired by Blowup from Michelangelo Antonioni, but its way ahead of that, because it has been shot with all the new techniques of the camera, and its got a soundtrack from Armando Trovajoli, which is really outstanding. And hes got Jean Louis Trintignant and Ewa Aulin as the main characters. It was all shot in London and its got two inserts from Guido Crepax who is a very famous Italian
$$$: Yeah, the cartoonist, yeah.
NC: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. So I mean, its seriously a fantastic movie.
$$$: Wow, that sounds incredible.
NC: Its really... I mean, when I saw it the first time, I would say, I mean, this is a masterpiece, and no one really knows about it today in Italy....
(I would love to acknowledge the guy who sent this scan to me, but I cant remember his name)
The nude woman on the cover is not in the movie.
This is starting to get reviews:
Blogcatalog Cult Reviews
|Prodotto da (Producteurs delegues)||Ermanno Donati e Luigi Carpentieri|
|Per la co-produzione italo-francese (Une co-production)||Panda Società per lIndustria Cinematografica S.p.a., Roma; Les Films Corona, Paris|
|Soggetto di (story by)||Tinto Brass|
|Liberamente tratto dal romanzo (Dapres un roman)||Il sepolcro di carta di Sergio Donati (Edito dalla Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.a.)|
|Sceneggiatura di (Adaptation cinematographique de)||Tinto Brass, Francesco Longo, |
|Suggerimenti grafici di (storyboards)||Guido Crepax|
|Hanno collaborato alla regia (assistant directors)||Carla Cipriani, Gerard Guerin|
|Alla produzione (assistant producer)||Franco Cuccu|
|Alla parte decorativa (art directors)||Carmelo Patroni [capo], Bice Brichetto e Ornetta Melaranci [assistenti]|
|Alla parte tecnica (technical assistance)||Enrico Sasso [operatore/camera operator], Giuseppe Gatti, Vittorio De Sisti (C.S.C.) [fonico/sound], Fulvia Armanni [aiuto montatrice/assistant editor], Augusto Diamanti, Sergio Spila [capo elettricista/gaffer]|
|Montaggio di (editing by)||Tinto Brass|
|Musiche di (Musique de)||Armando Trovajoli|
|La canzone Love Girl di||Trovajoli Nohra|
|è cantata da||Mel Ryder|
|Edizioni musicali||NazionalMusic, Milano|
|Direttore della fotografia
(Directeur de la photographie)
|Silvano Ippoliti (A.I.C.)|
|Direttore di produzione||Lucio Trentini|
|Organizzatore generali||Piero Donati|
|Stabilimento di posa studi (studio)||Dear, Roma|
|Stabilimento di sincronnizzazione (dubbing studio)||Fono Roma, Roma|
|Qualsiasi riferie realmente con fatte e persone realmente esistenti è puramente casuale|
|PERSONAGGI ED INTERPRETI|
|Bernard||Jean Louis Trintignant|
|Jane Burroughs||Ewa Aulin|
[Jerome in the Italian version]
|Veronica Yassupova||Monique Scoazec|
|Bartender||Enzo Consoli (c.s.c.)|
|Martha Burroughs||Vira Silenti|
|Jelly-Rolls bodyguard||David Prowse|