D'Amato film with Margaux Hemingway and Apollonia
Original Italian title IL SEGRETO DI UNA DONNA
[Secret of a Woman]]
Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Margaux Hemingway · Apollonia (Kotero) · Daniel
McVicar · Ron Gurad · Silas Cooper · Pam Halter
leaving her unfaithful husband, Ellen Foster meets a mysterious journalist
in New Orleans and they quickly begin a passionate affair. Amidst Mardi
Gras celebrations, their relationship begins to unravel with Ellen realizes
things aren't what they seem and learns that her life is in danger.
surprisingly lurid production, with an abundance of gratuitous nudity
and sleaze, set against a flamboyant New Orleans backdrop. This Joe
D'Amato at the top of his game, shot immediately after his FRANKENSTEIN
2000, towards the end of his soft-core period (WAR
BABY and HOT
VOODOO AFTERNOON also shot in New Orleans) and just before a
long stretch of hardcore
which punctuated the end of his life in 1999.
film features two Hollywood actresses, unusual for a Joe d'Amato project.
Apollonia originally found fame through Prince's Pasley Park Music
Organization. She was the lead singer for his Apollonia 6
group, known for their hit song Take Me with U and she
also starred as his love interest in Purple Rain. During
this period Apollonia was also part of the Falcon Crest TV series.
Hemingway was the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway. With her
striking beauty and obvious pedigree, she quickly made a name for herself
as a fashion model. Margaux was the first model to be paid one million
US Dollars to front a Faberge cosmetics line and appear on the covers
of dozens of fashion magazines to support it. In 1988, after numerous
films and two destroyed marriages, she checked herself into the Betty
Ford Center for rehabilitation. She was 41 after being released from
the clinic and began a road back to success. She took the occasional
film - like this one - and lived alone in a Hollywood studio apartment
where she also worked as a telephone line psychic. Margaux Hemingway
was found dead, the apparent victim of suicide from an overdose of Klonopin,
July 1, 1996 (the 35th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's suicide). She
was the fifth person in her family to commit suicide.