6.3/10
324
3 user 3 critic

Secret Fantasy (1971)

Il merlo maschio (original title)
R | | Comedy | 1 July 1979 (USA)
A frustrated musician makes a career out of his wife's beautiful body.

Writers:

Pasquale Festa Campanile (story), Pasquale Festa Campanile (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In Versillia's sandy beaches during the summer of 1956, a gawky adolescent, Sandro, spends his vacation by the sea, along with his family and his intriguingly beautiful sister-in-law.

Director: Salvatore Samperi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Alessandro Momo, Orazio Orlando
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Exploring love, sex and marriage in contemporary mid-'70s Italy.

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Alberto Lionello
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Marquise Eugenia di Maqueda, an orphan raised by the nuns, marries Raimondo Corrao, but on their wedding night she finds out that he is her brother. The piece of news is in a letter ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Alberto Lionello, Michele Placido
Malicious (1973)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A widower and two of his sons become infatuated by their beautiful housekeeper, and all three set out to seduce her using their own unique methods.

Director: Salvatore Samperi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Turi Ferro, Alessandro Momo
Wifemistress (1977)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Since her husband pronounced her frigid on her wedding night, Antonia DeAngelis has been an invalid. When he disappears, she believes him dead: she leaves her bed and takes over his ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Vicario
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni, Leonard Mann
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Senator Pupis feels a strong and uncontrollable urge to grab women's bottoms, a habit than can lead to embarrassment, especially if the woman in question is head of another state and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Lando Buzzanca, Lionel Stander, Laura Antonelli
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A beautiful woman (Laura Antonelli) engages in affairs with two men, playing them against each other. Set in the decadent Roaring Twenties, the triangle dissolves against suicide and fascism.

Director: Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Terence Stamp, Michele Placido
L'innocente (1976)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill
Simona (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

While at a bullfight Simona begins flashing back to a torrid sexual relationship she had with George (Maurizio Degli Esposti). Her relationship with George was one of open sexual discoveries which eventually led to revenge and murder.

Director: Patrick Longchamps
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Marc Audier, Ramon Berry
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the 1860s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier, is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Valeria D'Obici, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Malizia 2mila (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The teenage son of an architect falls for an older woman, an attractive housewife of his father's client.

Director: Salvatore Samperi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Turi Ferro, Roberto Alpi
Malizia oggi (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Michel (David D' Ingeo) knows Luna (Deborah Cali), an aspiring dancer, and it is love at first sight. But the boy is also attracted by her mother (Valentine Demy), which gives more time to ... See full synopsis »

Director: Sergio Bergonzelli
Stars: Debora Calì, Antonio Marsina, Valentine Demy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lando Buzzanca ... Niccolo / Husband
Laura Antonelli ... Costanza / Wife
Ferruccio De Ceresa Ferruccio De Ceresa ... The psychanalyst
Elsa Vazzoler Elsa Vazzoler ... Costanza's mother
Gino Cavalieri Gino Cavalieri ... Costanza's father
Luciano Bianciardi Luciano Bianciardi ... Mazzacurati
Adolfo Belletti Adolfo Belletti
Franco Bisazza Franco Bisazza
Gigi Bonfanti Gigi Bonfanti
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti
Felicita Fanny Felicita Fanny ... Whore
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... Costanza's relative
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi ... Violin teacher
Alfredo Piano Alfredo Piano
Aldo Puglisi Aldo Puglisi ... Chemist
Edit

Storyline

Niccolò Vivaldi is a cello player and he plays in Arena di Verona Orchestra. But he is not the first and neither the second cello. He is frustrated. Nobody can remember his face, nor his name. Niccolò is married to Costanza, who is really beautiful and he takes some pictures of her naked. Later he shows the pictures to a friend and so he feels better. He starts to write a comic opera called "Il merlo maschio" only to discover later he had written Rossini's "La gazza ladra". To maintain his self-esteem he can only show his wife... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Fantasy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clesi Cinematografica See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Superior Italian sex comedy with the great Lando Buzzanca and the gorgeous Laura Antonelli
13 April 2009 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is one of those vaguely arty, Freudian-based Italian sex comedies that were popular in the early 70's. It's very similar to Lucio Fulci's "The Eroticist" and to the director Festa's earlier "The Libertine", but it's not as cleverly satirical as the former and doesn't quite have the effective story of the latter.

The film re-teams Lando Buzzanca and Laura Antonelli from "The Eroticist". Buzzanca plays a bass cellist who's frustrated by his own ignominy--no one seems to ever notice him or remember his name, and he lives perpetually in the shadow of his famous virtuoso violinist father. While accompanying his wife to a doctor's appointment, he becomes obsessed when he notices other men staring at his his wife's gorgeous naked body (apparently he was not previously aware he was married to Laura Antonelli). He concocts increasing elaborate--and public--schemes to get both strangers and colleagues to see his wife in the altogether. His wife's body replaces the bass cello as his "instrument" for getting the attention of the world, and he has strange Freudian dreams where his snooty conductor conducts he and his wife's lovemaking or where he takes Antonelli out of his bass cello case and "plays" her naked backside with a violin bow.

Buzzanca is always very good in these manic-type rolls. Antonelli has been sexier in other films like when she played a guilty but lust-crazed nun in "The Eroticist", a cruelly unfaithful wife in "Venus in Furs", and an improbably sexy maid who seduces both a father and teenage son in "Malizia". However, with the possible exception of "The Ventian Lady" when she was considerably older, this might be her most perpetually naked role, and--good god!--what an incredible body she has here. (Warning: heterosexual male viewers who watch this movie may find themselves being sexually aroused by bass cellos for years afterwards). The direction by the talented Italian comedy director Pasquale Campanile Festa is good as always. This is marred only by a rather lame ending, (but since I saw this on a bootleg perhaps I got a bad cut of this). It's perhaps not the highest of compliments, but this is certainly one of the better Italian sex comedies of the era.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed