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Crazy Desire (1962)

La voglia matta (original title)
A middle-aged and slightly conservative businessman meets a band of rowdy youths and is smitten by one named Francesca. He is pursuaded to join their party and even pay for most of it, as ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Antonio Berlinghieri
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Francesca
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Piero
Franco Giacobini ...
Alberghetti
Fabrizio Capucci ...
Francesca's Friend
Oliviero Prunas ...
Veniero
Margherita Girelli ...
Marina
Diletta D'Andrea ...
Maria Grazia
Carlos Pes ...
(as Carlo Pes)
Corrado Pantanella ...
Flavio
Margherita Patti
Elisabetta Marlo Rota
Donatella Ferrara
Lilia Neyung ...
La 'cinese' (as Lylia Neyung)
Dori Hassan
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A middle-aged and slightly conservative businessman meets a band of rowdy youths and is smitten by one named Francesca. He is pursuaded to join their party and even pay for most of it, as he finds himself strangely attracted to Francesca, who seems his complete opposite. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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There are 25 years between them... a man too old to go so fast... a girl too young to go so far!

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24 March 1962 (Italy)  »

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Trivia

Director Luciano Salce saw a black and white photo of Catherine Spaak and was impressed. He thought she looked perfect as the new modern, independent and free spirited woman he wanted to portray in his upcoming film. He promptly called her father while the family was vacationing in the French Riviera during the summer of 1961 to set up a meeting in Nice. The rest was history. See more »

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Antonio explains how he met his female partner on a plane. The seat layout of the "plane" in the scene looks more like a train because there is no plane with seats facing each other. See more »

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Sassi
By Gino Paoli
ediz. Fono Film Ricordi
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A middle aged man tries to recapture his youth amongst teens at a seaside resort - melancholy
7 July 1999 | by (Oxford, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Someone PLEASE PLEASE tell me where I can obtain a copy of this Ugo Tognazzi vehicle from 1962, which also starred the luscious Catherine Spaak. One of many of early 60s Italian comedies that explored the bittersweet longings of aging adults amongst youth culture, CRAZY DESIRE or THIS MAD URGE boasted Ennio Morricone's first score and some haunting pop songs of the period, plus a lot of good looking Italian youth in beachwear. Most poignant, though, was the aging but dapper Tognazzi in his sports car, clinging wistfully to his younger self. This film is burned in memory now for 30 years as I, myself, approach that turning point. See it with someone you're growing older with.


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