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The Key (1983)

La chiave (original title)
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
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Lisa Rolfe
Armando Marra
Maria Grazia Bon ...
Giulietta
Gino Cavalieri ...
Don Rusetto
Piero Bortoluzzi ...
Memo Longobardi
Irma Veithen ...
L'infirmière
Eolo Capritti
Maria Pia Colonnello
Milly Corinaldi ...
Giustina
Edgardo Fugagnoli
Luciano Gasper
Giovanni Michelagnoli ...
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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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This movie is set in the era of the approaching Second World War in Venice, Italy where there is a backdrop of fascism. Director Tinto Brass had previously helmed Salon Kitty (1976), a movie which was set in World War II amidst Nazism, i.e. German fascism. 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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Referenced in Passion Remembered (2007) See more »

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Ma le gambe
by Bracchi, D'Anzi
Published by Curci
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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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