One on Top of the Other

“One on Top of the Other” by Lucio Fulci (1969): Revisiting the Classic of Italian Giallo:

Italian cinema has a long tradition in the giallo genre, and one of its undisputed masters is Lucio Fulci. In 1969, Fulci gifted the cinematic world with a true gem of the genre with his film “One on Top of the Other” a thriller rich in suspense, sensuality, and plot twists.


“One on Top of the Other” follows the story of Jean, masterfully portrayed by Jean Sorel, a doctor who finds himself embroiled in an intricate web of deception, betrayal, and murder. When his wife Danielle (played by Marisa Mell) dies mysteriously, Jean is accused of murder and must try to prove his innocence. The plot further complicates when Jean discovers that his wife had an identical twin, Dominique, also played by Marisa Mell. With Dominique’s help, Jean will try to uncover the truth behind his wife’s death and unmask the real culprit.

Distinctive Elements

“One on Top of the Other” is a perfect example of Fulci’s distinctive style in the giallo genre. The director manages to create an atmosphere of constant tension through the skillful use of cinematography and soundtrack, guiding the viewer through a labyrinth of suspicions and secrets.
The film is also notable for its sensual and provocative sequences, which blend seamlessly with the gripping plot, adding an additional layer of emotional complexity to the film.

The Legacy of “Una sull’altra”

While perhaps not one of Fulci’s most famous films, “Una sull’altra” has left a lasting impression on the landscape of Italian giallo cinema. Its combination of gripping suspense, character development, and distinctive visual style makes it a genre classic, still admired and studied by cinema enthusiasts worldwide.
Furthermore, the film contributed to solidifying Lucio Fulci’s reputation as one of the great masters of Italian horror and thriller cinema, paving the way for his subsequent works, including “Zombi 2” and “The Beyond.”


In conclusion, Lucio Fulci’s “Una sull’altra” is a masterpiece of Italian giallo that continues to captivate audiences with its gripping plot, memorable performances, and haunting atmosphere. Whether you’re a fan of the genre or simply a lover of quality cinema, this film is an absolute must-watch.

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