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Sex with a Smile (1976)
"40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  9 January 1976 (Italy)
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Five short comic sketches, all unrelated to each other, except that they are all expressions of Italian sexual humor. In one sketch, Marty Feldman plays a bodyguard, hired by her father to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Woman (segment "I soldi in banca")
Emilia Chiapponi (segment "La cavallona")
Marina (segment "La guardia del corpo")
Alberto Lionello ...
Filippo, the "Catch It While It's Hot" male (segment "L'attimo fuggente")
Aldo Maccione ...
Adriano Serpetti, the "Dog's Day" male (segment "Un posto tranquillo")
Cavaliere Marelli, the "Dream Girl" male (segment "La cavallona")
Enrico Montesano ...
Salvatore, the "One for the Money" male (segment "I soldi in banca")
Esmeralda (segment "L'attimo fuggente")
Sydne Rome ...
Marcella Fosne (segment "Un posto tranquillo")
Alex, the "Bodyguard" male (segment "La guardia del corpo")
Christian Aligny ...
Dracula (segment "La cavallona") (as Christian Alegny)
Salvatore Baccaro ...
Client at the bar (segment "La cavallona")
Fiammetta Baralla ...
Woman in the Bathroom (segment "I soldi in banca")
Mimmo Craig ...
François (segment "La guardia del corpo") (as Mimmo Crao)
Franco Diogene ...
Ignazio, her husband (segment "I soldi in banca")


Five short comic sketches, all unrelated to each other, except that they are all expressions of Italian sexual humor. In one sketch, Marty Feldman plays a bodyguard, hired by her father to watch a young woman; he watches her a little too closely. In another, while Barbara Bouchet's husband is out of town on business, a stranger offers her twenty million lire in return for sex. Three times he offers, three times she protests and then consents, only to find out in the end that both the man and his sixty million lire are -- oh, but that would spoil the ending. :-) Written by Brian C. Madsen <>

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Italian censorship visa # 67735 delivered on 9-1-1976. See more »


Alex the "Bodyguard": [having just frisked a woman who turned out to be a man] It's funny, you don't look Jewish.
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22 January 2012 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a very typical sex comedy, with all sort of sexual jokes and innuendos in it. It really reminded me of the British 'Carry on...' film-series, in terms of its comedy, with as a difference that this movie consists out of 5 short stories and has some better looking women in it.

But it's being just as immature with its comedy basically. Seriously, it's all very childish really and not all that clever with its story and situations. A real simplistic movie, lots of people will still enjoy watching for what it is. Just not me.

Most people will say or perhaps complain that this movie is being sexist toward women because they are the ones who are showing some skin and are being portrayed as lust objects, in this movie. I however feel that this movie is just as sexist toward men, since the movie portrays almost every single male in this movie as sex hungry animal, with only one thing on his mind. I know it's all done in the name of comedy but it's just a bit too stereotypical and simplistic for my taste.

I am not complaining about it though that the movie consists out of 5 short and unrelated stories. I actually think that this was a good move for the movie to take. It ensures that the movie never drags or start to repeat itself with its comedy and situations. Each story is a fresh one, with different characters in it, however most of them really aren't that well written, funny or interesting. I only really liked the story involving Marty Feldman. That guy was truly hilarious, even in Italian. He has comedy written all over him. His story alone is really worth checking out and the only one that ever cracked me up.

A very immature Italian sex comedy, that serves its purpose well enough I guess but just never truly becomes a great, clever, surprising or hilarious movie to watch, except for all the scenes involving Marty Feldman.


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