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Crazy Desire (1962)

La voglia matta (original title)
| Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1963 (UK)
A middle-aged and slightly conservative businessman meets a band of rowdy youths and is smitten by one named Francesca. He is pursuaded to join their party and even pay for most of it, as ... See full summary »

Director:

Luciano Salce

Writers:

Franco Castellano (story and screenplay) (as Castellano), Giuseppe Moccia (story and screenplay) (as Pipollo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Antonio Berlinghieri
Catherine Spaak ... Francesca
Gianni Garko ... Piero
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Carlo Alberghetti
Fabrizio Capucci Fabrizio Capucci ... Francesca's Friend
Oliviero Prunas Oliviero Prunas ... Veniero
Margherita Girelli Margherita Girelli ... Marina
Diletta D'Andrea Diletta D'Andrea ... Maria Grazia
Stelvio Rosi ... Biondo
Carlos Pes Carlos Pes ... (as Carlo Pes)
Corrado Pantanella Corrado Pantanella ... Flavio
Margherita Patti Margherita Patti
Elisabetta Marlo Rota Elisabetta Marlo Rota
Donatella Ferrara Donatella Ferrara
Lilia Neyung Lilia Neyung ... La 'cinese' (as Lylia Neyung)
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Storyline

A middle-aged and slightly conservative businessman meets a band of rowdy youths and is smitten by one named Francesca. He is pursuaded to join their party and even pay for most of it, as he finds himself strangely attracted to Francesca, who seems his complete opposite. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The worlds of maturity and innocence meet...for a ritual of love and desire! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Sabaudia, Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

D.D.L. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began in late September or October. The beach water was cold at that time of the year and not at all comfortable. The actors were ordered to get in for the shoot regardless. See more »

Goofs

Antonio explains how he met his female partner on a plane. The seat layout of the "plane" in the scene looks more like a train because there is no plane with seats facing each other. See more »

Soundtracks

La tua stagione
By Luciano Salce (as Salce) - Ennio Morricone
Performed by Tony Del Monaco (uncredited)
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A middle aged man tries to recapture his youth amongst teens at a seaside resort - melancholy
7 July 1999 | by sil-17See all my reviews

Someone PLEASE PLEASE tell me where I can obtain a copy of this Ugo Tognazzi vehicle from 1962, which also starred the luscious Catherine Spaak. One of many of early 60s Italian comedies that explored the bittersweet longings of aging adults amongst youth culture, CRAZY DESIRE or THIS MAD URGE boasted Ennio Morricone's first score and some haunting pop songs of the period, plus a lot of good looking Italian youth in beachwear. Most poignant, though, was the aging but dapper Tognazzi in his sports car, clinging wistfully to his younger self. This film is burned in memory now for 30 years as I, myself, approach that turning point. See it with someone you're growing older with.


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