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Sesso in testa (1974)

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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Tornetti (as Pilar Velasquez)
Didi Perego ...
Mario Carotenuto ...
Il commendatore
Toni Ucci ...
Lanfranco Ceccarelli
Tino Scotti ...
Totuccio Angeletti
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Man from Avellino
Oreste Lionello ...
Gigi Ballista ...
Father of Carletto
Gastone Pescucci ...
President of examining board
Frank Innamorato
Sergio Ammirata ...
Gino Santercole ...
Boy friend of Diana
Liana Trouche
Mad client


Diana Tornetti sits for her oral defense of her sociology thesis - a study of Italian men and their treatment of prostitutes. But the real catch is that the comely Ms. Tornetti studied the subject first hand - as a working prostitute! She relates some of her more memorable case studies, including (among others) a distraught industrialist, an eager widower, a lucky courier, a philandering politician, a concerned father, a frustrated Mafioso, a pornographer, a lunatic and a role-playing executive. Although initially shocked, the review panel is ultimately won over by Ms. Tornetti's colorful defense of her thesis. Written by ocoee96

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11 June 1974 (Italy)  »

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A bizarre choice for a DVD release, but I;d like to see more releases like this
8 January 2010 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I have seen a number of 70's Italian sex comedies, and very few of them have ever been legitimately released on DVD with English subtitles as this one recently was. But this is definitely a bizarre choice. The female lead is Pilar Velazques, a beautiful Spanish actress with a great body, but she was much more well known for decorating spaghetti Westerns and Italian giallo thrillers than for being a comedienne on the level of Edwige Fenech or Barbara Bouchet (or even Gloria Guida or Nadia Cassini). I have never even heard of the director, but this movie does have a large cast of Italian male comics of the era (including some of the most annoying ones like Jimmy Il Fenonemnon). And,of course, Lino Banfi is in it (as he was apparently required by law to appear in all 70's-era Italian sex comedies). Still, none of this would seemingly make it very salable outside of Italy, so it's perhaps not surprising this is its first English-language release.

A sexy graduate student (Velazques) is giving her thesis presentation, which creates quite a stir since she has just posed as a prostitute for several months to do sociological research for her thesis. She relates various stories of her experiences to her salivating thesis committee and a large audience of curious on-lookers. The stories are often pretty sexy (since they involve Velazques and other attractive women in various states of undress), but they are not particularly funny. The scene where she mistakes a courier for a client was handled much better by Sergio Martino and Barbara Bouchet in "Sex with a Smile". A couple of them are pretty "politically incorrect" by today's standards such as when a businessman hires her to dress as a man to "cure" his gay son or when a gun-toting wife catches the protagonist with her MP husband and takes revenge by forcing the "gay" bellboy to have sex with her at gunpoint. Other stories are surprisingly dark such as when a very recently widowed husband hires her during his wife's actual wake(!) or a scene with one of her regular client who likes to pretend to be her father(!). The most disturbing scene though is no doubt the end credits which feature Lino Banfi dressed as small boy dancing around with a bunch of scantily clad women to what sounds like a naughty children's song (?!).

This was definitely not a obvious choice for a subtitled DVD release (and obviously not a very high-rent one given the often grammatically incorrect English subtitles). Still, I'd like to see more of these since this kind of sex comedy/bedroom farce actually aimed at adults (OK, very immature adults, but still) is a lost art in Italy and Europe today and never really existed in America at all.

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