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29 January 1998 (Italy) See more »
Set in the 1950s Italian countryside, the film tells the story of Lola and Masetto, a young couple whose views on premarital sex differ drastically. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anna Ammirati ... Lola

Patrick Mower ... André
Max Parodi ... Masetto (as Mario Parodi)
Susanna Martinková ... Michelle
Antonio Salines ... Pepè
Francesca Nunzi ... Wilma
Vittorio Attene ... Ginetto
Laura Trotter ... Carmelina
Carlo Reali ... Toni
Maurizio Prudenzi ... Remo
Edith Rozanyai ... Carla
Alberto Capone ... Gildo

Serena Grandi ... Zaira
Mirella Zardo
Osiride Pevarello
Emanuela Quaglia
Roberta Fiorentini
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tinto Brass ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)

Directed by
Tinto Brass 
Writing credits
Tinto Brass (story) and
Carla Cipriani (story)

Tinto Brass (writer) and
Barbara Alberti (writer) and
Carla Cipriani (writer)

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Massimo Di Venanzo 
Film Editing by
Tinto Brass 
Production Design by
Carlo De Marino 
Set Decoration by
Alessandra Martelli 
Costume Design by
Ivan Crnojevic 
Makeup Department
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
Alessandro Durante .... assistant hair stylist
Riccardo Incagnoli .... assistant makeup artist
Claudia Reymond .... makeup department head
Production Management
Mario Di Biase .... organization
Vittorio Fornasiero .... production supervisor
Art Department
Remo Pizzaroni .... property master
Sergio Pizzaroni .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Aristide Bigliocchi .... boom operator
Fernando Caso .... sound effects editor
Ivan Caso .... sound effects editor
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Alvaro Gramigna .... foley artist
Stefano Nissolino .... dubbing sound
Andrea Petrucci .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Fabrizio Ancillai .... assistant camera
Massimiliano Anzellotti .... grip
Marcello Cardarelli .... electrician
Giancarlo Checchi .... electrician
Andrea Di Biase .... electrician
Stanislao Galasso .... lighting technician
Antonio Marra .... grip
Fabrizio Marra .... grip
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Alessio Nannicini .... electrician
Pietro Santarelli .... key grip
Sergio Spila .... key electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alessandro Bentivegna .... costume design assistant
Sartoria Russo .... costumes
Editorial Department
Gianni Cerniglia .... color technician
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color technician
Stefano Giovannini .... color technician
Giovanna Ritter .... assistant editor
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Paolo Steffan .... musician: synthesizer
Fabio Venturi .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Francesca Andriotto .... production secretary
Mauro Babini .... production secretary
Gabriella Borni .... choreographer
Pietro Carpentieri .... production secretary
Patrizia Di Bernardino .... production secretary
Saverio Ferragina .... press agent
Carlo Proietti Cosimi .... production secretary
Alessandra Sampaolo .... administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frivolous Lola" - Hong Kong (English title), UK
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Tinto Brass met his leading lady, Anna Ammirati, when he accidentally crashed his car into her as she was bicycling. Though she was unharmed, Anna jokingly told Tinto that unless he cast her in his latest film, she would report him to the police.See more »
Lola:A woman's juices are the best disinfectant.See more »
Be Bop A LulaSee more »


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33 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Author: emlodik ( from Denver, Colorado

Il Maestro Tinto Brass brings us another erotic gem, a hilarious slap stick comedy "Monella."

I was rather shocked that so many reviewers called this erotic film "disgusting" and "repulsive," and yet they have no problem watching American comedies, that shall be left un-named, that depict apple pie rapes, excrement eating, and anal fisting.

Brass directs in a light, fluffy style. He perfectly captures the beautiful, lush greenery of Italian country side and directs the erotic scenes with such skill and precision, it would make Paul Verhoeven get a stroke from envy and unlike most filmmaker, Tinto treats all the actors with great respects and no one gets exploited. His films are a great symbolic hymn to the human body.

Pino Donaggio's lively score proves to be a great companion to the simple, but hilariously sweet story Lola and Masetto, an engaged couple whose view on pre-marital sex differs drastically.

There is a usual Tinto Brass trademark humor; a priest making lover boy eyes at the buxom housewife, butt related poetry, a highly philosophical hooker, a spontaneous dancing number, and etc. Also, if you are familiar with Tinto's work and have an obvious question on your mind, the answer is yes. There are numerous close-ups of women's back sides, but Tinto has a strange talent of weaving those shots into the story perfectly.

All in all, "Monella" is a wonderful film from Tinto Brass, one of the most underrated directors of our time. And let's just hope that the soon to be released U.S. DVD is uncut, preserving the director's true vision.

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