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Having successfully fought a war in Africa, Elio (Al Cliver) returns to
Italy with high aspirations write a book about war, but with virtually no money
to afford the decadent lifestyle he & his wife Alessandra (Lilli Carati)
have grown used to, to pay for maintenance of their mansion, or their servants,
the gardener Pedro (Nello Pazzafini) or the secretary Virna (Annie Belle), who
has started a love affair with Alessandra while Elio was away ... & Elio
comes home with Zerbal (Laura Gemser), a savage girl some African tribal chief
has given to him as a personal slave.
Soon though it becomes clear that
Zerbal, in her present position as Elio's personal servant, pvoves too much a
strain on domestic peace, so he gives her as a gift to his wife - in a ritual
that involves massive breastlicking.
Soon it turns out that Zerbal is neither
as naive nor as helpless as her decadent massters thought her to be, & she
engulfs herself in a passionate love affair with Alessandra, her mistress, to
the dismay of especilly Virna, who feels more & more left out by Alessandra
- but feels herself more & more drawn to Furio (Roberto Caruso), Elio's son
fro0m a previous marriage, who comes for a visit.
But then Elio, trying to
figure a way to bridge his financial problems, has the great idea to produce a
porn-movie with the 3 ladies of his house, to which they agree when he promises
them absolute anonymity behind masks. During the shoot, Alessandra, having
grown tired of Virna, decides to tie her to a bed but forget to put on
Virna's mask. & as if that wasn't enough, she then has her -still a vigin -
raped by the gardener, and all on camera. In shock, but with the film, Virna
flees the estate.
Zerbal meanwhile proves a downright bitch as she not only
persuads Alessandra to trade places with her (so Alessandra becomes her slave)
but also tries to persuade her to have Virna killed, give her Elio as a slave
too and give her all the jewellery that is supposed to be Furio's inheritance
from his mother ...
The breastlicking ritual that makes Elio Zerbal's slave
is in full swing when Virna brings Furio, who demands an explanation ... &
during that somehow Zerbal catches fire & is burned alive.
a certain point in the movie's narrative, L'Alcova seems to be an
interesting piece of work, with the primitive enslaved girl turning the tables
on her decadent masters/tormentors, but eventually, the character of Virna is -
rather inexplicably - turned into the victim of the story, while Zerbal turns
into the lead villain (even more inexplicably), with whose destruction in the
end everything turns well again ... one doesn't have to be overly politically
correct (which I'm not) to see a certain flaw in this line of argument.
from this apparent inconsistencies, L'Alcova is an entertaining piece of
softcore sleaze, with unintentionally funny scenes & hilarious dialogue,
unprovoked nudity & breastlicking rituals, and of course Laura Gemser,
who's pretty good in this one. In all, one of Joe D'Amato's more enjoyable