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The House of the Yellow Carpet (1983)

Franca and her husband Antonio decide to sell a yellow rug which was a gift of Franca's stepfather. One day, while Antonio is out, a strange man rings saying he wishes to buy the rug. But the man's visit begins a twisted a nightmare.

The House of the Yellow Carpet (1983)

Encounters with Others in One Body

For the first 4/5s, this is a cheaply done version of a few similar films, where a husband concocts a drama to fool his wife. In this case, it is validate a perceived infatuation with another (albeit deceased) man.

But as it starts to wrap up, we relax and things start to spring all over the place, just when we are at our most vulnerable. Just as the supposed affair is passionate misdirection, so too is the first part of the movie where the primary deception occurs.

But there is a secondary deception, that of the deceivers. It seems that while we watched, we were being doubly fooled. First the visiting man is a potential buyer of a carpet, then he is a murderer, then an actor, then a psychiatrist and finally some novel combination of them.

This is based on a play and largely presented in a single apartment. it is clear that the play worked out all the necessaries.

Posted in 2015

Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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