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Her name is Mina, but she is called Bambola (doll). Upon the death of her mother, she and her homosexual brother, Flavio, open a pizzeria. A man named Ugo loans Bambola the money, but is ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mina 'Bambola'
Stefano Dionisi ...
Flavio
Jorge Perugorría ...
Furio
Manuel Bandera ...
Settimio
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Mamma Greta
Antonino Iuorio ...
Ugo
Lilli Berquini ...
La Capretta
Arsenio Luna
Francesco Ghibli Lombardi
Carlo Mendicini
Bruna Bossi
Luca Flauto
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Her name is Mina, but she is called Bambola (doll). Upon the death of her mother, she and her homosexual brother, Flavio, open a pizzeria. A man named Ugo loans Bambola the money, but is then killed in a fight with another one of her boyfriends, Settimio. While visiting Settimio in jail, she meets a sadistic man named Furio, and they begin a relationship. Written by Mikki White

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20 September 1996 (Italy)  »

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ESP 66,861,137 (Spain)
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When the character played by Anita Ekberg, Mamma Greta, dies, we can see on her grave that her complete name is "Greta Gustafsson". That's Greta Garbo's real name. See more »

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La bámbola
Written by Ruggero Cini, Franco Migliacci (as Francesco Migliacci) and Bruno Zambrini
Spanish Adaptation by Ch. Baltasar y Amart
Performed by Patty Pravo
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A Study on Bad Taste
19 November 1998 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie could pretty well be described as the weakest, less inspired work of Bigas Luna in the last few years. All the freshness, irony, and visual appeal of "Jamon, Jamon" is missing, unfortunately replaced by a direction more focused on the "shock factor" than on creating a more solid structure.

As far a "values" go, the movie contains some disturbingly twisted messages that most people could find indeed offensive. I seriously doubt any victim could fall so deeply in love with her cruel torturer, as Bambola does. From that point on, the movie loses all credibility, and everything starts going downhill. Bigas Luna pretends to shock you with a display of disturbing imagery and disturbed characters, but in the process forgets how to make the movie consistent. A wasted opportunity.


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