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(2000)

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Giuseppe Sulfaro stated in a interview that he had never seen a live naked woman and that Monica Bellucci was the first.
Giuseppe Sulfaro was actually naked in the sex scene between Renato and Lupeta the prostitute and no body double was used.
Highly censored in countries such as the USA and UK. Uncut Italian version is 105 minutes (PAL) while the UK version is heavily cut to 88 minutes (PAL), which becomes 92 minutes in the USA due to NTSC slowdown. Meaning more than 16% of its run-time is cut.
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After production on the film was completed, Monica Bellucci was cast as Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) the sequels to the blockbuster The Matrix (1999).
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Although Renato is 12 years old in the film, Giuseppe Sulfaro was 15 years old when the film was in production and he is 3 years older than his on-screen character.
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Monica Bellucci had to learn Sicilian for the role, a dialect that is noticeably different from her native Italian.
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This was the final film to be written by Luciano Vincenzoni.
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If you look carefully, Giuseppe Sulfaro's penis could be briefly glimpsed when Renato is being undressed by Lupetta (Elisa Morucci).
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