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Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil (1986)
"Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  31 October 1986 (Italy)
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Fulvia Bolk
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Giuseppe Catania aka Beppe
Roberto Herlitzka ...
Salvatore Cantalamessa aka Turi
Massimo Wertmüller ...
Miki, Turi's assistant
John Steiner ...
Frederick, Fulvia's lover
Arnaldo Ninchi ...
Fulvia's secretary
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Livia De Stefani ...
Stockholder at party
Marta Marzotto
Giorgio Pavone ...
Stockholder at party
Roby Ruberti ...
Stockholder at party
Piero Vivarelli ...
Stockholder at party
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31 October 1986 (Italy)  »

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Letnia noc o greckim profilu, migdalowych oczach i zapachu bazylii  »

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Unnecessary variation on a theme
18 December 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Get this -- an opinionated, imperious, upper-class Italian woman is confronted with an equally opinionated, earthy, lower-class Italian male. The result is political argument, sexual passion, male dominance and female submission. Sounds like that great Lina Wertmuller film, Swept Away . . . . True, but that is also the plot of this mediocre Lina Wertmuller film, Summer Night with Greek Profile, etc., as well as the plot of that other mediocre Lina Wertmuller film, the remake of Swept Away. The first Swept Away was terrific. There was never any need to redo it.

The mechanism employed by Summer Night to bring the rich lady and the man of the people together is ridiculous and contrived. And this rich lady is less interesting, being more one-dimensional, than the one appearing in Swept Away, even though both were played by the same fine actress, Mariangela Melato. Summer Night's working class male, Michele Placido, is excellent, but it is impossible to watch this film without feeling disappointed that he is not the great Giancarlo Giannini, who played his counterpart in Swept Away.

Really can't figure why La Wertmuller made this flick, or the Swept Away remake, unless she is trying to relive what may have been her finest hour. Skip this and see Swept Away again. Or try one of her other fine movies that don't involve the rich woman/working man theme.


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