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Crazy Desire (1962)
"La voglia matta" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Antonio Berlinghieri
Catherine Spaak ...
Francesca
Gianni Garko ...
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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Catherine Spaak met her future husband Fabrizio Capucci on the set of the film. He was the only male who did not hit on her on the set. In a 2002 interview, she stated Ugo Tognazzi made a pass at her in his car and kicked her out after she rebuffed him. See more »

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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1969
22 December 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Crazy Desire" (aka "La Voglia Matta") was shot in 1961, and while it wasn't the first film for 16 year old Catherine Spaak, it was the one that catapulted her to international stardom. Ugo Tognazzi's midlife crisis is that he has never fallen in love, preferring his females horizontal rather than vertical. While driving to pay his 12 year old son a visit at boarding school, he gets waylaid by a group of hard drinking , chain smoking youths who eventually lead him to their beach hideaway, where he simply cannot help falling 'head over heels' for the stunning Spaak, whose character admits to being only 15 (!). She seems alternately touched and amused at his occasionally awkward but genuinely heartfelt attentions, going so far as to ask her to marry him. The male characters are a chore to watch, but the girls are all gorgeous, with the China Girl (Lilia Neyung) being a particular standout, whether just dancing up a storm or doing an impromptu striptease, making all the boys drool. Still, no other actress can dim the lustre of the luminous Catherine Spaak, who I had previously seen only in the 1971 Dario Argento thriller "The Cat O'Nine Tails," where her outfits truly provided some real eye candy for this red blooded American teenager. Both "Crazy Desire" and "The Easy Life" were Spaak titles that aired on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater during the odd 1969-70 season, which saw a number of foreign comedies and dramas being paired with the usual string of low budget sci fi/horror (their two co-features were "Frankenstein's Daughter" and "Billy the Kid versus Dracula"!). The 1969 version was dubbed in English, but current prints in Italian are at least subtitled.


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