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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 ...
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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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A Chave do Ciúme  »

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Reportedly, this film went to court in Italy for allegedly being obscene. Apparently, many of Brass' films have ended up in court. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nino Rolfe: [while his wife sleeps] When did you ever give me this flesh that sets my prick on fire?
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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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