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The Key (1983)
"La chiave" (original title)

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A husband and wife lock their diaries in a drawer and also know that they read each other's entries, a device which takes them from one sexual encounter to another.

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Teresa Rolfe
Franco Branciaroli ...
Laszlo Apony
Barbara Cupisti ...
Lisa Rolfe
Maria Grazia Bon ...
Giulietta
Gino Cavalieri ...
Don Rusetto
Piero Bortoluzzi ...
Memo Longobardi
Irma Veithen ...
L'infirmière
Milly Corinaldi ...
Giustina
Giovanni Michelagnoli ...
Dr. Fano
Armando Marra
Eolo Capritti
Maria Pia Colonnello
Edgardo Fugagnoli
Luciano Gasper
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A husband and wife lock their diaries in a drawer and also know that they read each other's entries, a device which takes them from one sexual encounter to another.

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19 October 1983 (Italy)  »

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A Chave do Ciúme  »

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Stefania Sandrelli once said of this movie: "I like to play all parts. If I have to be nude, I have to be nude. But I never have the impression of being naked on the set. Yes, I was a little afraid of this film at first. The script shocked me - and amused me because the subject is nothing but sex. Nothing else is discussed in the film." See more »

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In the scene Laszlo shows Nino how to use an instant camera. That was not possible in the period the story takes place (Mussolini's fascist Italy). They are using a Polaroid Land Camera model 95 and its production was from 1948 to 1953. See more »

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Dr. Fano: Don't forget that coitus, as any medical book will tell you, is risky in your condition.
Nino Rolfe: The risk of leaving while coming, eh?
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Good film, bad DVD transfer
1 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As usual with Brass, this is a very classy sex film, with Hollywood-class production values. (This, I might add, is a rare exception, not the rule, among other sex-film makers. Radley Metzger is the only other director I can think of offhand whose sex films invariably have great production values.). Stefania Sandrelli is an absolutely stunning woman, with a gorgeously filled-out body, unlike the skinny-jinnies that many other directors are fond of. The film is set in Venice in 1940 and the locales are beautiful, while at the same time focusing on a "native's Venice," rather than the few over-photographed canals and churches one generally sees.

But the people who did the U.S. version DVD are incompetents, unfortunately. This is only the second DVD that I have watched where the brightness/contrast were so badly mangled in making the transfer that the film is unwatchable until one moves his controls way off their ISF-calibrated positions. To be precise, it is the second-worst. The worst has been the total butchering of Antonioni's "La Notte", where even moving the controls to their limit cannot produce a decent picture.


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