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

 -  Drama  -  19 October 1983 (Italy)
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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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Director Tinto Brass went to London to find a British actor to play the part of the husband, Nino Rolfe. Brass cast British actor Frank Finlay after seeing him play Antonio Salieri in Peter Hall's stage production of 'Amadeus' at the Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End. 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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Nino Rolfe: [while his wife sleeps] When did you ever give me this flesh that sets my prick on fire?
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Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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Cover art betrays a masterpiece
28 February 2003 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

This DVD had been calling out to me from the cult section of my local video store for about two months before I rented it. The cover art of Stefania projects an allure that is only the begining of a very profound experience. Brass manages to create a film that doesn't make some epic statement of love, society and relationships. Instead he presents a rather odd and erotic situation that makes you think and feel (in various ways) the gravity of the characters situations. The film is also not afraid to come accross as a little silly at times.

Don't be mistaken, this is first and foremost and erotic movie, but it manages something masterful in that genre. Tinto Brass has constructed a very nice platform for sensual expression in this film. I wouldn't advise seeing it with your local bible study group, but it isn't frat boy tissue party material either. If you are open to nudity and sensuality this could be just the movie to share with your partner on a night alone together. The sets and the actors are well done, but you still get to see plenty of sex. Tinto's Key is the perfect movie to potentially unlock those who are "one the fence" when it comes to erotic cinema.


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