Brunello Rondi's genre directorial credits include the previous The Demon (1963) and later sleazier and exploitive titles, such as Riot in a Women's Prison (1974) and Black Emmanuelle, White Emmanuelle (1976). Although the English title, Your Hands on My Body (1970) seems a fitting genre title, the film owes more of a debt to Italian dramatic films from before than to genre cinema. Rondi's film is shot with a very adept and heavy hand with close-ups of its actors with many a subjective shot as compliments. It's an effective style: the long shots are more dramatic when they appear and the closeness of the camera brings an intimacy to the characters. Rondi also has many credits as a writer, even an Oscar-nominated one, as co-writer of Fellini's 8 1/2 (1963). He would collaborate with Fellini on a number of films, as writer, and Rondi has more writing credits than directorial ones.Not surprisingly, Your Hands on My Body strongest points are its script and its equally strong performances. The oft-told tale of romantic self-destruction is far from new, but the characters interact in bizarre and compelling ways. The feeling of being privy to an intimate conversation appears many times for this viewer. Lino Capolicchio's performance, as Andrea, is essential to the film's success, as his performance was also instrumental to the success of Pupi Avati's masterful House With Laughing Windows (1976) and also in Antonio Bido's stellar giallo, The Blood Stained Shadow (1978). Colette Descombes gives a terrific performance and sizzles in a sweet way, as opposed to her deviously wonderful performance in Umberto Lenzi's Orgasmo (1969). Erna Schürer, as Mirelle, shines in her supporting role. Giorgio Gaslini provides a subdued complimentary score.
While this one is no means a giallo or thriller, Your Hands on My Body is terrific film making. It should be sought out by those who like their films set at medium cool.