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How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973)

Sessomatto (original title)
Exploring love, sex and marriage in contemporary mid-'70s Italy.

Director:

Dino Risi
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Cast overview:
Laura Antonelli ... Madame Juliette ('Signora sono le 8') / Celestina ('Due cuori e una baracca') / Enrico's Wife ('Non è mai troppo tardi') / Grazia ('Viaggio di nozze') / Tamara ('Torna piccina mia') / The Nun ('Lavoratore italiano all'estero') / Donna Mimma Maccò ('La vendetta') / Tiziana ('L'ospite')
Giancarlo Giannini ... Domenico ('Signora sono le 8') / Cesaretto ('Due cuori e una baracca') / Enrico ('Non è mai troppo tardi') / Lello ('Viaggio di nozze') / Giansiro ('Torna piccina mia') / The Donor ('Lavoratore italiano all'estero') / Michele Maccò ('La vendetta') / Saturnino ('Un amore difficile') / Dottor Bianchi ('L'ospite')
Alberto Lionello ... Gilda / Cosimo ("Un amore difficile")
Duilio Del Prete ... Vittorio / ('L'ospite')
Paola Borboni Paola Borboni ... Esperia / ('Non è mai troppo tardi')
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Rosario / Maid - ('L'ospite')
Lino Puglisi Lino Puglisi ... Don Alvaro Macaluso / ('La vendetta')
Cinzia Romanazzi Cinzia Romanazzi ... Grazia's Friend / ('Viaggio di nozze')
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Grazia's Mother / ('Viaggio di nozze')
Pippo Starnazza Pippo Starnazza ... Peppino / Gardener - ('Un amore difficile')
Patrizia Mauro Patrizia Mauro
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
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The Hottest Pair in Town! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

How Funny Can Sex Be? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The "Torna Piccina Mia/My Piccina Returns" segment is missing from the Simitar Entertainment VHS. See more »

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How Laura Antonelli became Italy's wet dream
2 February 2002 | by henribeySee all my reviews

A play on words (check-mate, sex-mad, get it?), the title Sessomatto is quite accurate since most of the sketches in the movie are about sex gone berserk. I'm writing this in 2002, some 28 years after seeing the movie, so memory may fail me, but, even though this was supposed to be a vehicle for Giancarlo Giannini, I remember it mostly for the radiant beauty of Laura Antonelli. Some of the sketches definitely had some socially redeeming value and are harbingers of Dino Risi's future masterpieces (Profumo di donna, Primo Amore and, particularly, I Nuovi Mostri).


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