Release Year: 1976
Cast: Claudine Beccarie, Leonora Fani, Sofia Dionisio, Walter Romagnoli, Rosemarie Lindt, Didier Faya, Jacques Stany, Gabriella D'Amico, Emilio Roy, Domenico Trogu
Video language: Italian
I always thought the very marvelous, and of course not untalented, Italian actress Leanora Fani should have begun her career about five or ten years earlier. She perhaps could have discovered international stardom like Ornella Muti, or at least enjoyed the solid career in Italian genre cinema of somebody like Jenny Tamburi. But instead that babe started out in the mid to late 70's when a definite pall of sleaze had begun to settle over the Italian film industry. Thus, her almost any well-known film is probably "Giallo in Venice", one the almost all unpleasant, scum-soaked films to ever come out of Italy. She was too one of stripped massacre-ees in "Naked Massacre", a well-made international film, but likewise one that INDEED lives up to it's title. Despite it is very porn-sounding title, this film here is really one of Fani's more good performances--and one that doesn't involve any ridiculously lengthy, gratuitous masturbation scenes or coercive lesbianism at gun point (all the lesbianism here is strictly voluntary).
Fani plays "Francesca", an mature teenage gal with severe hang-ups about sex as the result of not merely seeing her parents engaged in coarse, non-consensual sex, but likewise seeing her father drop dead of a heart attack during the rencounter! Her young-looking mother (Rosemary Lindt) appears to be considerably less traumatized and proceeds rolling in the hay with various males. "Francesca" too has a disappointed would-be boyfriend and a bosom--and very bosomy--friend (Sofia Dionisio, sister of Silvia and one-time sister-in-law of Ruggiero "Cannibal Holocaust" Deodato), who that babe cant live without to take lengthy, sexy bath with, but has to share with a fellow in a kind of bi-sexual love triangle. The real drama begins, however, when a juvenile French teacher (Claudia Beccarie) comes to stay at the family villa and "Francesca" and the aged woman develop an obsessive and decidedly unhealthy relationship.
This movie scene was filmed the one and the other in "soft" and "hard" versions, and the latter is renowned this day for being one of the 1st hardcore porn films in Italy. But a lot of "soft" Italian sex films at that time had hardcore sex "inserts" spliced into em when sold in greater quantity liberal markets--the solely thing different here was that those inserts apparently featured one of original talent, Claudia Beccarie, a large porn star at the time in France. Generally, I most like the 70's European style of having anonymous hardcore types do the "inserts", and leaving the acting to these that can really do it, but Beccarie is not bad here surprisingly. I saw the "soft" version (the "hard" version, make no doubt of it or not, is a very uncommon collector's item), but even that had plentiful nudity by Fani, Beccarie, Lindt, and Dionisio, so I'm not complaining on that count. The real negative is the ending, which I think even anybody fluent in Italian would discover confounding. Fani's rock hard performance and Beccarie's adequate performance ultimately come to naught in this way-out ending. But up until then it's kind of an interesting film.
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