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The Learning Centre.

7/10
Author: morrison-dylan-fan from United Kingdom
1 September 2014

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With having been taken by Michele Mercier excellent performances in the films Black Sabbath and Cemetery Without Crosses,I was delighted to discover that Mercier had appeared in an Italian Sex Comedy,which led to me getting ready for an eye-opening education.

The plot:

Since the death of his dad,Roberto Monti has been living at his deceased dads former villa, (which has now become a boarding school,due to his dad wanting to pay all his debts off)and constantly looking at the expensive cars that the head of the villa has.Despite being told that girls are much more interesting than cars,Monti keeps his sights firmly set on getting his own sports car. Believing that he must head to the outside world in order to achieve his dream,Monti soon finds himself travelling on a road in life with women,who are about to educate him on the secrets of the fairer sex.

View on the film:

Using Roberto Monti's search for a dream fast car/women as a loose thread for the film,the screenplay by (deep breath!) René Barjavel, Franco Castellano, Willibald Eser and Giuseppe Moccia take's an episodic approach to Monti's adventures,with Monti spending 10-15 minutes with a particular women,who he gains some important insights from,but ends up getting torn away from,thanks to a repeated dose of bad luck.Initially appearing to be a flirty Sex Comedy,the writers give the film an off-beat satirical edge,with a re-enactment of the French Revolution showing the lifestyle that Monti and the women have wrapped themselves in.

Whilst director Luciano Salce does well at showing the lavish lifestyle in sweeping wide shots,the film is sadly never able to make the playful sex/fascinating satirical Comedy fully combined,which leads to the satirical bite feeling rather dry,and the sex Comedy moments feeling oddly cold.

Despite only having a supporting role,the ravishing Michèle Mercier (who does not appear naked in the movie..dam!)gives a splendid performance as Franziska,with Mercier's playfulness leading to Monti (played by a very good Robert Hoffmann) uncovering the charm effect that he has on women.Joining Mercier,the stunning Anita Ekberg (who is the only actress to show some flesh in the title) gives a delightfully over the top performance as egotistical mega-star Margaret Joyce,whilst the pretty Elsa Martinelli teaches Monti that women drivers can out run men any day.

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