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The Key (1983)

La chiave (original title)
In 1940s Venice, after twenty years of marriage, a Professor and his younger wife witness the passion wane. Now, all that remains is to confess the rousing thoughts to an elaborate diary hoping to break free from ties and inhibitions.

Director:

Tinto Brass

Writers:

Jun'ichirô Tanizaki (novel), Tinto Brass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Finlay ... Nino / Professor / Teresa's husband
Stefania Sandrelli ... Teresa / Nino's wife
Franco Branciaroli Franco Branciaroli ... Laszlo / Lisa 's boyfrienf
Barbara Cupisti ... Lisa / Nino and Teresa's daughter / Laszlo's girlfriend
Armando Marra Armando Marra
Maria Grazia Bon Maria Grazia Bon ... Giulietta / Receptionist
Gino Cavalieri Gino Cavalieri ... Don Rusetto
Piero Bortoluzzi Piero Bortoluzzi ... Memo / Antique dealer
Irma Veithen Irma Veithen ... L'infirmière / The nurse
Eolo Capritti Eolo Capritti
Maria Pia Colonnello Maria Pia Colonnello
Milly Corinaldi ... Giustina / Pension Maid
Edgardo Fugagnoli Edgardo Fugagnoli
Luciano Gasper Luciano Gasper
Giovanni Michelagnoli Giovanni Michelagnoli ... Dr. Fano
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Storyline

As the rise of the Italian Fascism makes its visible presence in noble 1940s Venice, Professor Nino Rolfe and his much younger wife, the sumptuous Italian beauty, Teresa, sadly, after twenty years of marriage, witness their enthusiasm wither and the passion wane. Inevitably, all that remains now, is to let his imagination run wild and confess his boldly intimate and rousing thoughts to his elaborate diary, in the hope that Teresa will soon find it and read it. There, in his frank and unrestricted confessions, against all risk of being judged as a vile and corrupt man, Nino would admit all the things that he would never be able to say in person, urging his Goddess Teresa to finally get rid of her painful and revolting modesty. The faithful diary may be locked away in safety but the precious key is hidden in plain sight. Will innocent Teresa ever discover it, and with it, the way to unlock what quickens the faint, yet willing heart? Written by Nick Riganas

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Together they explored and fulfilled each other's deepest and most erotic desires! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 October 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tinto Brass's wife had encouraged to make a film of Jun'ichirô Tanizaki's novel "Kagi" ever since it was released in Italy in 1964. See more »

Goofs

In the scene Laszlo shows Nino how to use an instant camera. That was not possible in the period the story takes place (Mussolini's fascist Italy). They are using a Polaroid Land Camera model 95 and its production was from 1948 to 1953. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Fano: Don't forget that coitus, as any medical book will tell you, is risky in your condition.
Nino Rolfe: The risk of leaving while coming, eh?
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema and 1987 video version was cut by 38 secs by the BBFC to remove a shot of a man's erection seen through his open shorts and a female masturbation scene, and additional edits were made to optically darken visible shots of female genitals. The 2001 Arrow DVD features the uncut print. See more »

Connections

Featured in L'uomo che guarda (1994) See more »

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Maramao perchà sei morto
by Consiglio, Panzeri
Published by Melodi
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this fairly explicit film is about eroticism and not in the main erotic itself
30 October 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is a most accomplished and underrated film from Tinto Brass. There are several reasons why the very mention of the director's name will cause many to stop reading right now. His association with Caligula and Salon Kitty and of course his later joyfully, and uncompromisingly erotic later works do not suggest this might be a 'serious' film maker. However, for me, the most difficult aspect was coming to terms with the fact that this has been transposed from the writer, Junichiro Tanizaki's Japanese homeland to a wintry Venice. The whole notion of a couple each keeping a sexual diary (locked up but knowingly made available) as a way of communicating their hopes and desires is so not the way we consider Italians likely to behave. But, never mind, the film is great enough to overcome this and in no time I was under the spell of the beautiful and prestigious actress, Stefania Sandrelli and to a lesser extent by Frank Finlay. I should also clarify the point that this fairly explicit film is about eroticism and not in the main erotic itself. Mr Brass does, of course, indulge himself quite a few lingering shots of certain parts of Sandrelli's anatomy but I'm sure nobody would grudge him that, certainly not I.


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