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Paprika (1991)

Unrated | | Drama | 13 February 1991 (Italy)
A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business. "Paprika" is the name given to her by the madam.

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Tinto Brass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debora Caprioglio ... Paprika
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... Rocco
Martine Brochard ... Madame Collette
Stéphane Bonnet Stéphane Bonnet ... Franco
Rossana Gavinel Rossana Gavinel ... Gina
Renzo Rinaldi Renzo Rinaldi ... Conte Bastiano
Nina Soldano Nina Soldano ... Giornalista
Clara Algranti Clara Algranti ... Sciura Angelina
Luciana Cirenei Luciana Cirenei ... Donna Olimpia
John Steiner ... Principe Ascanio
Valentine Demy Valentine Demy ... Beba
Luigi Laezza Luigi Laezza ... Nino
Riccardo Garrone ... Zio
Paul Muller ... Milvio
Clarita Gatto
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Storyline

In 1950s Italy, just before the ban of brothels, Mimma, a young and innocent country girl, reluctantly accepts to work as a prostitute and become Paprika, in the hope of raising enough money to finance her boyfriend. However, before long, Paprika will learn to enjoy her disreputable, yet very profitable occupation, working her way up one client at a time, as she journeys from one brothel to another in the bustling city of Rome. But in the end, despite Paprika's stormy, still, prosperous voyage of self-discovery, experience and sexual liberation, there is still one thing missing: the great mystery of true love. Written by Nick Riganas

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Tinto Brass re-opens the closed houses!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 February 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Paprika, Life in a Brothel See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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| (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tinto Brass originally planned this film as a straightforward adaptation of John Cleland's "Fanny Hill", but after a number of years in development hell, he rewrote the screenplay and updated the setting to 1950s Italy. Still, the film manages to stay more faithful to Cleland's novel than most 'official' adaptations. See more »

Quotes

Paprika: I'm a whore, and I'm proud of it! Thanks to these tits, ass and cunt, I've become rich and respected. Champagne for all, it's on me!
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Alternate Versions

When submitted to the BBFC for a UK video certificate in 2002, 1 minute 56 seconds of cuts were required for an 18 certificate - these were to a scene of incest and a scene of urolagnia. Due to a production error the 2002 Arrow Films DVD is in fact the uncut version. See more »

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Version of Fanny Hill (2007) See more »

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Sexy good movie
29 December 2004 | by Andres24See all my reviews

The plot is very simple. In late '50s a young lady starts working as a prostitute in a brothel in order to help his boyfriend. She thinks that is the easiest way to make money. I do agree. Mr. Tinto Brass centered the view in Debora Caprioglio, who plays the roll of Paprika. Hell, she is very hot, sensual... but as nothing is perfect in her life she will go from one place to another and this is a kind of repetitive. She is filmed from every angle you can imagine. You can imagine that with the view centered on Caprioglio the other ladies are not seen in plenitude. Doesn't matter Caprioglio is the hottest woman in the movie and is a well chosen actress for the leading actress. Her performance is very good. Finally I would like to say that this movie is far from pornography. Brass actual is close to porno. But this one has a simple plot, is funny, long but could be seen. 6/10 Andrés.


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