Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

Synopsis: Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Sergio Martino
Production: Lamberto Forni Film (LF)
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min




Ah yes!

She deserved

to be compared to Mary Stuart.

No-one else has been represented

in such different ways -

as a murderer or a martyr.

But she was a woman,

a great woman.

Seems his mother was

an important actress.

Yes, she made a career

of sleeping around.

To my mother!

(Speaking French)

He misses his mother.

The Italians are like that.

What about you?

Not drinking?

Well, you sons of b*tches...

Even kids use

the term these days...

Please give my wife

something to drink.

Come on!

Be generous...

To my wife!


Maybe you'd prefer to drink

from my empty skull?

Oliviero, not like this.

- To our health, my wife.

- Oliviero!

Get it down you.

(Speaking French)

Yes, my dear,

we have a Visigoth education

here in Veneto.

I'm sorry, mistress.

Maybe I got the measures wrong.

Where are you going?

This is Brenda.

Not bad for a maid, eh?

Losing the colonies

and gaining a servant like Brenda

wasn't a bad deal.

You have a soft spot

for black women, Oliviero?

White males have always felt that way.

Perhaps a black woman

is everyone's secret dream.

It's clothes that ruin the world.

Naked, we're all the same.

It's so easy for these youngsters

to think they're something

when it's obvious that

they're actually nothing.

How dare you wear that?

Why? Doesn't seeing me

dressed like her turn you on?

You wanted to put on

a show like always,

so why not in costume?

What was your mother to you?

Maria the madwoman

or bloodthirsty Maria?

You're a whore,

a dirty whore.

They drink! Damn, do they drink!

I've nothing against drinking,

Christ knows.

I like raising a glass now and then.

But they never stop.

It's every single night.

They always have friends over,

Mrs Molinar.

Friends? They're the crazies

from the campsite...

Lunatics, Krauts

and foreigners.

Oh Jesus, I'm not talking about you,

but Mr Oliviero hangs out

with certain people...

To think that I've known him

since he was born!

I was a servant in this house

when his mother

the Countess was a girl...

What times they were!

Hello, Satan!

He's the only intelligent

animal in the area.

Have a bit of respect

for this poor old woman!


Listen, Dario, seeing

as you know the maid,

why don't you put in a good word

for me with the mistress!

Having both of them

would be fine with me.

I've always liked white coffee in bed.

Forget it. They're not for you.

You can't even imagine

what goes on at Villa Rouvigny.

Dealing with international couriers

is getting more difficult

every day, Mr Rouvigny.

Ordering books from Paris or London

means waiting for months,

when we're lucky.

Usual place tonight?

All right,

but it's not definite.

I might be busy.

Listen, the excuse of being busy

doesn't work with me.

You started working on me

over the desks at high school, sir,

and now you'll pay the price.

Everything OK, Mr Rouvigny?

Of course, my dear.

Put it on my account, Bartoli.


I wonder why Zenit

doesn't reprint your books.

I'd love to see them

in the shop window again.

You really should find

another publisher, Mr Rouvigny.

- Goodbye.

- Always at your service.

I'll kill you one of these days.

Even if I have to stuff you

with cyanide, I'll kill you.

How do you intend to exorcise Satan?

With a broom?

I just want him

to stay away from my doves.

Are you dining in town tonight?








- What?

- Someone's coming.

- Someone?

- Yes, it's a police car.

What could they want from us?

I didn't hear you

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Ernesto Gastaldi

Ernesto Gastaldi (born 10 September 1934) is an Italian screenwriter. Born in Graglia, province of Biella, Italy, he has written under the pseudonyms Julian Berry, Julyan Perry and Ernst Gasthaus. He has collaborated with Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Riccardo Freda, Tonino Valerii, Sergio Martino and Sergio Leone; as such he can be regarded as a chief architect of the giallo and Spaghetti Western films. The 1973 Italian western comedy film My Name Is Nobody (also known as Mio nome è Nessuno and Lonesome Gun), is based on his story and his script. more…

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