Lunatics and Lovers
- 1h 50min
During a furious storm the Marquis Luca Maria Sbrisson sees his wife Luisa disappearing before his eyes.During a furious storm the Marquis Luca Maria Sbrisson sees his wife Luisa disappearing before his eyes.During a furious storm the Marquis Luca Maria Sbrisson sees his wife Luisa disappearing before his eyes.
Luca is totally buried in that past and talks constantly to unseen women at his side when he is not "dancing" with them. Agostino becomes part of that game and fears that he may lose the villa, to an equally eccentric aunt, should he become declared mad as a hatter. Into all this mayhem comes Claudia Mori, whose natural greed is used by the two men to make her play the useful role of the marchesa and save the estates.
When she gets too greedy and obnoxious (she vandalistically paints over original Veronese frescos in the villa with plasticized red paint as part of a "redecorating" effort), they eliminate her by sending her off in a hot-air balloon.
This is the kind of madcap comedy that can only come across with the help of frothy direction and good ensemble playing, and a good screenplay. It doesn't have one. Instead the film is a mess, leaden and plodding when it should have been light, airy, and wistful. Toffolo is a boring actor. Mastroianni has very little to work with.
The movie was photographed gorgeously by Carlo Carlini, too gorgeously, with lush rich hues, whether in the canals of Venice or in the drawing room of the stunning villa that serves as the film's basic setting.
It was directed by Flavio Mogherini, who has fantasizes here about becoming a second Fellini. There is an evoked scene on a beach, complete with gothic organ console and a group of boys in seminarian cassocks running through à la "8½". It is something only Fellini could have brought off, not Mogherini, who throws the scene in arbitrarily. The movie is filled with similar hack droppings from the Fellini albatross. And that music by Detto Mariano! It is an irritating parody of Francis Lai, whom I never fond that great himself. The movie was released in America in an atrociously dubbed version retitled "Lovers and Lunatics."
- Jun 5, 2004