Hoffnungslose Liebe (Germany)
The Wicked (USA)
Limited edition of 500 copies.
De-Luxe booklet with 16 pages of rare archive photos andtext in English and Italian.
CATTIVA aka THE WICKED (1991) directed by Carlo Lizzani and statting Giuliana De Sio, Julian Sands and Erland Josephson, is a dramatic intriguing story of a beautiful woman who is suffering from mental
disorders and she is entrusted by her husband to the care of professor Brockener, a famous psychiatrist in a Swiss hospital.
The entire story, a genuine psychological detective tale, deals with the attempt by the young doctor Gustav Jung (Julian Sands) to discover the root cause for the persistent mental disorder of Emilia Schmidt (Giuliana De Sio), a young woman who has recently suffered the death of her daughter.
In Switzerland, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the young lady Emily Schmidt, of Italian origin, leads with her husband and her young son, Ludwig, a wealthy existence, apparently calm, but sometimes she gives some unexpected sign of imbalance. Because of her behavior, sudden temper tantrum, food refusal, determined silence, she is so called "wicked" (cattiva). In the luxury clinic in Zurich she is diagnosed as schizophrenic. Despite professor Brokener strong opposition and the resistance of the clinic's staff to the use of Freudian methods, doctor Gustav Jung, one of the young doctors of Brockener's team, begins his analysis at the clinic, but finds that he must travel to Italy to interview the woman's family and friends in order to unveil the ultimate cause.
Gustav tries to unravel the web of fear and pain that envelops the young lady.
The alarming deterioration of Emilia induces Professor Brockener to allow Gustav to try the new therapy, which gives unexpected results: Emily is recovering and can leave the clinic, not completely healed, but
released from her neuroses and very trustful in the promise of Gustav willing to taking care of her in the future. As reported by Giuliana de Sio, some scenes in the final cut were results of improvisation by de Sio herself - in particular the scene where she screams and cry on the bed in the mental hospital. Stunning interpretation of Giuliana De Sio in the part of Emilia (tailor-made for her), for which she received the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress in 1992.