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Scandal in the Family (1975)

Peccati in famiglia (original title)
| Drama | July 1975 (USA)
The story about an ambitious but inept nephew who takes over the physical property and women of his rich nobleman uncle.

Director:

Bruno Gaburro

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Lianella Carell, Bruno Gaburro (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Placido ... Milo
Simonetta Stefanelli ... Doris
Jenny Tamburi Jenny Tamburi ... Francesca
Juliette Mayniel ... Piera - Carlo's wife
Gastone Pescucci Gastone Pescucci ... Armando - the Doctor
Laura De Marchi ... Vincenza - Armando's wife
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi ... don Erminio
Edy Williams ... Zaira
Renzo Montagnani ... Carlo
Rossella Pescatore Rossella Pescatore ... Fedora - Armando's daughter
Dino Curcio Dino Curcio ... Nando - The land administrator
Luciano Cappelli Luciano Cappelli
Aldo Amigoni Aldo Amigoni
Marisa Lista Marisa Lista
Rosita Torosh ... (credit only)
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The story about an ambitious but inept nephew who takes over the physical property and women of his rich nobleman uncle.

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Italian

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Also Known As:

Sins in the Family See more »

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SINS IN THE FAMILY (Bruno Gaburro, 1974) **1/2
8 March 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I haven't watched that many of the endless stream of sex comedies that emanated from Italy since the early 60s: despite being looked down on because of their inherent vulgarity, these films have become cult items (many are now available on Italian DVD, including SINS IN THE FAMILY itself) and, in any case, they managed to popularize a spate of enthusiastic comic actors and willing female starlets.

The film under review (co-written by Lianella Carell, a former actress who had appeared in one of the undisputed masterpieces of Italian cinema – Vittorio De Sica's BICYCLE THIEVES [1948], whose Criterion SE I've just ordered via the ongoing Deep Discount sale) features a couple of them: Jenny Tamburi, whose acting ability seemed greater than that of many of her colleagues (eerily enough, the day on which I watched this marked the first anniversary of her death!) and Renzo Montagnani (whose first starring role this was and which virtually proved a template for most of his subsequent vehicles). Still, the film was perhaps slightly elevated for its type, as the cast also featured Juliette Mayniel (of EYES WITHOUT A FACE [1959] and also the mother of Vittorio Gassman's son, Alessandro) and real-life couple Michele Placido and Simonetta Stefanelli (best-known for playing Michael Corleone's ill-fated first wife in THE GODFATHER [1972]); it is, in fact, comparable to some of the more serious efforts that I'd watched from this subgenre – namely GRAZIE ZIA (1968) and LA SEDUZIONE (1973; also co-starring Tamburi).

The plot - a sort of parody on Pasolini's THEOREM (1968) - deals with the lifestyle of a petit bourgeois family being disrupted by the arrival of relative Placido; while Montagnani forsakes his middle-aged wife Mayniel for the attentions of lusty young maid Stefanelli, Placido takes turns getting involved with Mayniel, Stefanelli herself and, above all, the couple's wild teenage daughter Tamburi. Apart from a typically lively score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis, the film contains a number of undeniably hilarious moments (all provided by Montagnani) – his exclamation of "Gold" whenever he sees a naked body; his peeping through the keyhole of the bathroom door (mistaking his showering elderly gardener for the maid!); the seaside outing where he pretends to have a cramp so as to attract the maid's attention and nearly drowns; his account of a miserly relative who, to spare the expense of erecting a memorial at the burial place of the latter's grandfather, decides to leave the old man's head exposed!; replying to the advise given him by his doctor/best friend with an invitation for both to go f*** themselves; insulting what he thinks to be the Finnish delegate before him, only to be told that the woman is actually the interpreter, etc.


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