DISCOVER--the films of Italian actress Gloria Guida

Frequently a staple of light-hearted Italian sex comedies, the stunning Gloria Guida's literally flawless beauty, combined with her willingness to disrobe in practically every film she ever made, has resulted in many pundits falling into the trap of thinking that because she got naked in fluffy sex fantasies, she couldn't act. Miss Italy 1974 she may have been, but the lights were on, and she was as capable of playing scheming minxes and troublemakers as she was at breezing through lowbrow comedies unscathed.

She made no less than six films in 1975 alone, including three of her very best and her most popular. Two substantial roles were provided by writer and director Silvio Amado, who did her proud in Quella eta Maliziosa and Peccati di Gioventu, in which she played a flirtaceous troublemaker and a selfish and spiteful schemer respectively, both explicitly sexual with and without clothes. That same year she was given a worthy showcase in Maurizio Liverani's ruminations on erotica, art, and religion, Il Solco di Pesca, and made her first of three appearances in the La Liceale series of schoolroom sex comedies.

Her best films were made in the early '70s, but before long her talents were noticed by some of Italy's leading men, and she found herself being cast as girlfriends and wives alongside Lando Buzzanca, Renato Pozetto, and Johnny Dorelli, the latter of whom she married, retiring in the early '80's.
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“ This first entry is just a place-holder so we get a picture. The list starts below... ” - jonabbott56
 
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La ragazzina (1974)
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Monica is young, beautiful and a virgin. She's only 16 years old, and she has already attracted the attention of classmates and seniors... (93 mins.)
Director: Mario Imperoli
“ Also known as Monika, this is Gloria Guida's first film, and in many ways the template for those that followed, although not as good. Almost a rehearsal for her early films, it's a grim coming of age melodrama filmed as fluff. Most odd, and about as politically incorrect as you can take offence at without being an ass about it. ” - jonabbott56
 
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La minorenne (1974)
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Everyone want to be with a young cute girl, but she must find a real man for herself. (84 mins.)
Director: Silvio Amadio
 
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Blue Jeans (1975)
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A young free-spirited drifter falls in love for an older man, who might be her long-lost father. (93 mins.)
Director: Mario Imperoli
“ Fascinating and compelling bizarre black comedy that makes little sense, beginning as a light sex fantasy, but then veers into tragedy. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Il gatto mammone (1975)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Nando Cicero
“ Lando Buzzanca and Rossana Podesta are actually the stars of this very, very, very Italian comedy about a couple who can't conceive. Guida comes into the film thirty minutes in as a potential surrogate mother, but is as blank as a freshly scrubbed whiteboard playing a poverty-stricken orphan. She's as beautiful as ever, but pure decoration against the fraught performances of the leads, who are quite amusing, particularly the Fawlty-esque Buzzanca, whose masculinity is perpetually assaulted throughout. Scenes with the ghost of his father (also Buzzanca) are quite bizarre. ” - jonabbott56
 
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La novizia (1975)
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A young man comes back to his provincial home town to visit his dying uncle (blacklisted American actor Lionel Stander). His uncle is being attended to by a night nurse and novice nun (Gloria Guida in a nun's habit). (95 mins.)
“ Guida as an unconvincing novice nun. A snoozerama until the last five minutes when she runs around naked in a field. But it's a long haul, and she's miscast. ” - jonabbott56
 
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That Malicious Age (1975)
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Gardener Nino Castellano takes a job in a southern-Italian villa and quickly finds himself embroiled in a menage-a-trois with Gloria Guida and Anita Sanders which soon leads to sex, death and mayhem! (90 mins.)
Director: Silvio Amadio
“ Strange sex adventure. Lots of nudity, and a wonderful sequence between Guida and Niño Castalnuovo on the bus... This is Guida at her best. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Il solco di pesca (1975)
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David is a photographer and former seminarist whose marriage is in crisis. He is a female underdog,... (92 mins.)
“ Wonderfully witty and surreal satire, with Guida in a co-starring role as a seductive and mysterious maid... The picture on the left displayed on the DVD case is actually from Quella eta Maliziosa. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Peccati di gioventù (1975)
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Angela is not happy about her daddy's choice for a new wife and does everything she can to destroy her stepmother-to-be. (83 mins.)
Director: Silvio Amadio
“ Guida as a spiteful, selfish daughter jealous of her father's new love, and conspiring to get rid of her. She's good in this. ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Teasers (1975)
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Loredana is a schoolgirl who takes advantage of her fellow students and teachers by using her innocent schoolgirl beauty... (82 mins.)
“ This is the American title for La Liceale, one of the better of the Italian school-room sex-coms. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Il medico... la studentessa (1976)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Silvio Amadio
 
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Scandalo in famiglia (1976)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Marcello Andrei
 
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The Best (1976)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Mino Guerrini
“ Better known as Ragazza alla pari. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Orazi e curiazi 3-2 (1977)
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(90 mins.)
 
15.
Maschio latino cercasi (1977)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Gianni Narzisi
 
16.
To Be Twenty (1978)
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Lia and Tina are two beautiful girls who meet and realize that they have a lot in common. They are both young... (94 mins.)
Director: Fernando Di Leo
“ Interesting yarn about two promiscuous girls who come to grief (the other is Lili Carati). The film was so unpopular that it was re-edited with a happier ending, but it was too late. Director Ferdinand di Leo was better known for dark cop dramas. Shame, because there are one or two wonderful scenes. ” - jonabbott56
 
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“ The first sequel to La Liceale, but as was often the case with Italian comedies, the format was rebooted, with new names and identities for returning players. The great Lino Banfi joins the fun. ” - jonabbott56
 
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“ Guida has just a few notable scenes in this feelgood weepie as the leading man's mouthy girlfriend. ” - jonabbott56
 
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L'affittacamere (1979)
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Giorgia and her sister inherit a villa and decide to turn it into a Pension. When the sister orders the advertising, the brochure, together with the name, Pension Paradise, leads people to believe it is a whore house. (100 mins.)
“ Wacky lowbrow Benny Hill-style comedy with much slapstick and visual humour vintage-style as assorted weirdoes, prudes, and hypocrites come unstuck. Banana peel gags, sleepwalking, dresses getting caught in car doors, cyclists not looking where they're going, it's all here. Sexy fun, and easy to follow, even in the original language. ” - jonabbott56
 
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L'infermiera di notte (1979)
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Gloria Guida stars in this Italian sex-comedy in which she plays a private nurse who is involved in a family struggle for the estate of the ailing old man she cares for. (96 mins.)
“ Guida puts her nurse's uniform on, but the film is disappointing. ” - jonabbott56
 
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How to Seduce Your Teacher (1979)
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There's a new girl in school, Angela, the Headmaster's neice. Every male will try to seduce her, even her uncle... (93 mins.)
“ Third and last of the Liceale series. Once again a clean slate, and the great Banfi is back, this time as the head teacher. A few laughs, but Brits will quite understandably balk at the creepy student/teacher relationship...! ” - jonabbott56
 
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La liceale, il diavolo e l'acquasanta (1979)
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3 short stories directed by Nando Cicero. (95 mins.)
Director: Nando Cicero
“ Guida appears in just one of three supernatural vignettes, pestered by a decidedly unfunny angelic protector. Some funny moments and a couple of WTF ones too... ” - jonabbott56
 
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Prickly Pears (1980)
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The life of a conservative mayor of an Italian small town is upset by the alleged adultery committed by his wife with a famous local playboy. (98 mins.)
Director: Steno
“ Original title Fico d'India. A comedy vehicle for bumbling everyman Renato Pozetto. Guida is in the background co-starring as his wife. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Bollenti spiriti (1981)
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Giovanni is a rich Italian aristocrat. He inherit a castle occupied by the ghost of an ancestor. Part... (92 mins.)
“ Ghost fantasy with future husband Johnny Dorelli. ” - jonabbott56
 
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La casa stregata (1982)
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Giorgio e Lucia sono sposi novelli ed hanno anche avuto la fortuna di trovare una a casa ad un prezzo basso... (95 mins.)
Director: Bruno Corbucci
“ Light-hearted haunted house nonsense, her second in a row. No nudity, but worth a look for connoisseurs of weirdness. ” - jonabbott56
 
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Sesso e volentieri (1982)
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(101 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
“ A selection of sketches, two giving Guida a chance to show her comic talents. In the first, a TV hypnotist hypnotises an entire block of flats' occupants but a power outage leaves them trapped mid-spell. In the second, Guida plays a taxi dispatcher who inadvertently takes her work home with her. In both skits she appears with future husband Dorelli.


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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World, and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

See his Amazon author's page, and his other lists on the IMDB, all under the pre-fix DISCOVER. ” - jonabbott56