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Man, Woman and Beast (1977)

L'uomo, la donna e la bestia - Spell (Dolce mattatoio) (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 May 1977 (Italy)
Inspired by Bataille and Sade, an original episodic erotic comedy.


Alberto Cavallone


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Pia Luzi Maria Pia Luzi ... Rosanna (as Jane Avril)
Martial Boschero Martial Boschero ... Comunista
Angela Doria Angela Doria ... Prostituta
Emmanuele Guarino Emmanuele Guarino
Macha Magall ... Maria
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Ernesto
Antonio Mea Antonio Mea ... Alfonso
Corrado M. Merani Corrado M. Merani
Agostino Pilastri Agostino Pilastri
Fabio Spaltro Fabio Spaltro
Stefania Spugnini Stefania Spugnini ... Julia
Josiane Tanzilli ... Clara
Mónica Zanchi ... Sabina (as Monika Zanchi)
Luigia Giuri Luigia Giuri
Paola Montenero ... Luciana


The film takes place in a humble Italian Catholic village where everyone is acquainted with each other but no one truly knows about the secret lives that they all live. The entire community is preparing for the annual religious festival. There's the local butcher who covets the town's young teenagers and then goes into the freezer and makes love to hanging beef carcasses. The teenage daughter who has sex with her father and becomes pregnant at her grandfather's funeral. The communist drunkard who beats and rapes his wife. She lives through her dreams and fantasies or she'll go crazy. The Christ-like stranger who does not have a name. The women fantasize about him. The children all adore him but he does not belong to the village. He always seems to be at the right place at the right time. And there's a bizarre artist who clips out pictures of internal organs from medical journals and pastes them on magazine models with a completely insane wife who never speaks. She drinks water from ... Written by lament

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20 May 1977 (Italy) See more »

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Stefano Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 70204 delivered on 29-4-1977. See more »


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Strong stomachs and non addiction to narrative flow essential

This extraordinary film came my way with the title 'Spell', although the film itself bears the title, Man, Woman & Beast and appears to be the uncut re-edit released, in however a small way, under that title. A most appropriate title it is too, where in a small Italian village where everyone knows everyone and they all life very close indeed to nature. The main character is a communist artist who has a deranged wife, who can become very violent, and spends his days doing collage, in which he has a penchant for slapping images of internal organs over recognisable pictures. There is also a butcher who gets off with the meat hanging in his cold store, a young girl who's mother finds is pregnant - by her father and many more fun figures. There is much sexual activity, barely simulated, much exchange of body fluids, including a particularly harrowing finale and along the way a surreal, hypnotic, visceral and existentialist ride, like no other. Actually, having said that it precedes by a year the same director's Blue Movie, which is of a similar tone but less successful. Strong stomachs and non addiction to narrative flow essential should you even be tempted to seek this out.

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