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Bubù (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 February 1971 (Italy)
Bubu leaves his job in a bakery, forces his girl-friend into prostitution, and from then on lives out of the money she makes. The young couple find their place in the world of prostitutes ... See full summary »

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Mauro Bolognini
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Cast

Cast overview:
Massimo Ranieri ... Piero
Ottavia Piccolo ... Berta
Antonio Falsi Antonio Falsi ... Bubu
Gigi Proietti ... Giulio - the Thief
Anna Fadda Anna Fadda
Gianna Serra Gianna Serra
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... (as Sandra Cardini)
Nike Arrighi
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro
Dolly Samperi Dolly Samperi
Alessandro Francisci Alessandro Francisci
Jole Silvani Jole Silvani
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra
Marcella Valeri Marcella Valeri
Alain Naya Alain Naya
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Bubu leaves his job in a bakery, forces his girl-friend into prostitution, and from then on lives out of the money she makes. The young couple find their place in the world of prostitutes and pimps, but the lack of perspective in their life - which is permanently haunted by the possibility of an incurable and fatal venereal infection - and the humiliations the girl endures strain their relationship and lead to conflicts. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 February 1971 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dark but Exquisite - A Lost Classic!
3 May 2005 | by davidfmwingroveSee all my reviews

As gorgeous to behold as a Renoir painting come to life, this fin de siecle melodrama tells of a young laundress lured into prostitution by her sleazy and shiftless lover. Based on a novel by the French author Charles Louis Philippe, the film was meant to be shot in Paris - until budget woes forced director Mauro Bolognini to relocate it to the northern Italian city of Turin.

If anything, the switch works to the film's advantage. This story of love, lust and disease is a universal one. For all the pretty period trappings, the casual way in which the characters infect each other - one by one - with syphilis feels starkly contemporary in the age of AIDS. Exquisite on the surface but black at heart, Bubu is neither comfortable nor easy to watch.

As usual with Bolognini, the acting is first-rate. Ottavia Piccolo (so annoying as the insufferably virtuous wife in Metello, the director's best-known film) gives a powerful performance as Berta, the hapless young hooker. The pretty-boy Italian pop icon Massimo Ranieri fares surprisingly well as Piero, an idealistic student who tries to redeem her. Yet the film belongs to Antonio Falsi, who oozes reptilian sex-appeal as her ghastly lover and pimp, Bubu.

Visually, the film is a triumph for cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri and designer Piero Tosi, whose costumes here are as stunning as those he did for Visconti on Death in Venice that same year. Best news of all - the visual and dramatic splendour of Bubu is now easily available on Italian DVD.


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