Clara, the sexually frustrated wife of a businessman goes on vacation with her husband, daughter and best friend. While there, she finally learns that sex can be passionate and wonderful, ... See full summary »
Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son... See full summary »
Pier Paolo Pasolini
A sociology student defends her thesis: how Italian men relate to prostitutes. The catch is, she studied the subject first hand, working as a prostitute. Her case studies are presented in several colorful vignettes.
Fernando Di Leo
A man is arrested and condemned to five years in jail for robbery. After serving his term, he is out for revenge on the gang members he considers were to blame for his arrest. The prize for this deadly fight is a large cache of diamonds.
Fernando Di Leo
15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman, Susan, who works there as an attendant. Although Susan has a fiancé, Mike... See full summary »
Karl Michael Vogler
Clara, the sexually frustrated wife of a businessman goes on vacation with her husband, daughter and best friend. While there, she finally learns that sex can be passionate and wonderful, something she was never able to discover with the help of her husband. Unfortunately, she learns this with a handsome lifeguard, who finally makes her succumb to his psycho-sexual games. Written by
Fernando DiLeo made two "erotic dramas" in 1969, this film, "Burn Boy Burn" as well as "A Wrong Way to Love" with Susan Scott. A young Gianni Macchia is cast in both films, and he would also work for DiLeo ten years later in "Vacation for a Massacre (Madness)". Of the two 1969 films, "Burn Boy Burn" is the better film. Macchia is well-cast as an eighteen-year-old lifeguard who has many bikini-clad conquests, but he cannot resist an upper-middle class housewife (Francoise Prevost) who comes to the beach to stay with her husband, young daughter, and forty-something female companion, who also takes a shine to Macchia. While Macchia taunts his housewife-conquest about her "establishment" values, and while Prevost's young daughter has her love of Snoopy questioned by a ten-year-old boy/pseudo psychiatrist, not unlike Peanuts' Lucy character herself, Prevost discovers the pleasures of physical love for the first time with Macchia, which causes her to not renounce her bourgeois lifestyle but her very limited ideas about love and marriage. This is a bad situation that goes downhill, and anyone who has seen one of DiLeo's films knows that the ending will not be a happy one.
The script is well written and also very well thought-out; the tragic ending is all too real. This is one train wreck the viewer sees coming far in advance. The location photography, consisting mostly of shots of the nearly-deserted beach, enhances the film's sense of isolation of Prevost's character. Even a sunny beach seems somber here. The performance of every cast member is equally good, with Macchia being especially pointed and in-character. Prevost also delivers a heart-felt, sympathetic performance, and Bardinet makes up for his limited screen time with very good work here. I'm not sure what all the Snoopy talk between the children means, though it is probably a metaphor for the parents' marriage. This film is hard to find -- it is on an expensive DVD in Japan, and in English-dubbed form, but is well worth the purchase price.
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