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The Key (1983)

La chiave (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 19 October 1983 (Italy)
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 Rolfe
Stefania Sandrelli ... Teresa Rolfe
Franco Branciaroli Franco Branciaroli ... Laszlo Apony
Barbara Cupisti ... Lisa Rolfe
Armando Marra Armando Marra
Maria Grazia Bon Maria Grazia Bon ... Giulietta
Gino Cavalieri Gino Cavalieri ... Don Rusetto
Piero Bortoluzzi Piero Bortoluzzi ... Memo Longobardi
Irma Veithen Irma Veithen ... The Nurse
Eolo Capritti Eolo Capritti
Maria Pia Colonnello Maria Pia Colonnello
Milly Corinaldi ... Giustina
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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 October 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Key See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was made about twenty-seven years after Jun'ichirô Tanizaki's novel "Kagi" was first published in 1956. The first filmed version of the novel, Kagi (1959), was made about three years after the book was first released whilst the second version, Kagi (1974) was made about eighteen years after. 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

Referenced in Passion Remembered (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Inno dei giovani fascisti
by Giuseppe Blanc
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Cover art betrays a masterpiece
28 February 2003 | by russ-112See all my reviews

This DVD had been calling out to me from the cult section of my local video store for about two months before I rented it. The cover art of Stefania projects an allure that is only the begining of a very profound experience. Brass manages to create a film that doesn't make some epic statement of love, society and relationships. Instead he presents a rather odd and erotic situation that makes you think and feel (in various ways) the gravity of the characters situations. The film is also not afraid to come accross as a little silly at times.

Don't be mistaken, this is first and foremost and erotic movie, but it manages something masterful in that genre. Tinto Brass has constructed a very nice platform for sensual expression in this film. I wouldn't advise seeing it with your local bible study group, but it isn't frat boy tissue party material either. If you are open to nudity and sensuality this could be just the movie to share with your partner on a night alone together. The sets and the actors are well done, but you still get to see plenty of sex. Tinto's Key is the perfect movie to potentially unlock those who are "one the fence" when it comes to erotic cinema.


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