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To Want to Fly (1991)

Volere volare (original title)
Martina is a professional lady whose clients are harmless if eccentric; she sees herself as a social worker. Shy Maurizio dubs sound for cartoons while his outgoing brother dubs more saucy ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
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Maurizio 'Sbaffino'
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Martina
Mariella Valentini ...
Loredana
Patrizio Roversi ...
Patrizio
Remo Remotti ...
The 'Child'
Mario Gravier ...
Architect at Home #1
Luigi Gravier ...
Architect at Home #2
Renato Scarpa ...
Clerk
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Chef
Osvaldo Salvi ...
Necrophyle man
Lisa Biondi ...
Necrophyle woman
Enrico Grazioli ...
Taxi driver
Mario Pardi ...
Thief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lidia Biondi ...
(as Lydia Biondi)
Valeria Cavalli ...
Woman on the street
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Martina is a professional lady whose clients are harmless if eccentric; she sees herself as a social worker. Shy Maurizio dubs sound for cartoons while his outgoing brother dubs more saucy material and gets the girls. After Maurizio accidentally helps Martina on some of her assignations she decides to find out if he wants to help regularly. Whether or not it's the possibility of romance, Maurizio is horrified to find on their first date that his hands have been replaced by cartoon ones with minds of their own. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Rated R for nudity | See all certifications »
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3 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Funeral March of a Marionette
Composed by Charles Gounod in 1872
Chosen by Alfred Hitchcock as main theme for his TV Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
Instrumental music also included in the soundtrack of The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares (1985)
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lightweight fun, but the humor is derivative
13 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fond memories of 'The Icicle Thief' (1989) aren't enough to salvage this 1991 comedy by Maurizio Nichetti, which doesn't add up to anything more than a single, admittedly slim plot twist padded to feature length. Nichetti himself plays an unfortunate movie technician who spends most of the film collecting sound effects for cartoons; he eventually crosses paths with a jaded working woman who services the kinky (but innocent) fantasies of wealthy perverts, and then he turns into a cartoon. The gimmick is never explained, much less developed (it would be interesting to speculate what the final bedroom frolic must have looked like before Nichetti's animated alter ego was penciled into it), and the blend of live action and animation might have been more exciting if Roger Rabbit had never existed. Elsewhere Nichetti plagiarizes a few sight gags from Jacques Tati, and includes a lot of silly audio effects recalling the interminable swallowed whistle scene in Chaplin's 'City Lights'. His affection for classic silent comedy is admirable, but it just isn't possible anymore to recreate the same sort of charm and humor.


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