Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A ... See full summary »
Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous cowboy make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, but not always happily. Written by
When Mario Monicelli's segment, "Renzo e Luciana", was cut, producer Carlo Ponti offered to finance Monicelli's film as a full-length feature on its own. This was never made. This segment was apparently cut because Monicelli had promised to deliver a "major American star" but failed. See more »
Fellini's "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio" unbearable...
I have not seen all of the components of this multi-director opus, but saw the Fellini bit and it was quite weak, in my opinion. Fellini's short film, "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio," revolves around the prudery of a middle-aged man, played by Peppino De Filippo. Dr. Antonio's rigid morality cannot abide a billboard of Anita Ekberg advertising milk because Ekberg is showing a bit of cleavage. Perhaps in 1962 this "comic device" was conceivable but in 2011 it is absurd and painful to watch. On top of the extremely dated and un-funny antics of Peppino vis-a-vis Ekberg, there is a young child (a putti, actually) narrating the film... perhaps this narrator is the "glue" holding all the films within this film together. The singing of this little kid about milk and her various other sundry contributions is super annoying and another reason to avoid this short Fellini movie.
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