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Memoirs of a Gigolo (1970)

Memórias de um Gigolô (original title)
Man raised in a brothel tries to earn his living as a pimp, but gets in trouble when his girlfriend cheats him with an older man.


Alberto Pieralisi


Alberto Pieralisi, Marcos Rey (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cláudio Cavalcanti ... Mariano
Rossana Ghessa Rossana Ghessa ... Guadalupe
Jece Valadão Jece Valadão ... Esmeraldo
Fábio Sabag Fábio Sabag ... Alceu
Afonso Stuart Afonso Stuart ... Gumercindo
Milton Carneiro Milton Carneiro ... Fernando Franco
Neuza Amaral ... Madame Iara
Mara Carvalho Ferro Mara Carvalho Ferro
Almir Look Almir Look
Roberto Argolo Roberto Argolo
Leda Valle Leda Valle
Angelito Mello Angelito Mello
Joseph Guerreiro Joseph Guerreiro
Paulo Serrano Paulo Serrano
Fernando José


Man raised in a brothel tries to earn his living as a pimp, but gets in trouble when his girlfriend cheats him with an older man.

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Nostalgia of Rio in the 70's with the Ups and Downs of a Gigolo
12 July 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The gigolo Mariano (Cláudio Cavalcanti) recollects his life since his childhood. Mariano is raised by his fortuneteller aunt Antonieta that foresees that he will fall in love with a Queen of Clubs, but he will have problems with a Jack of Clubs. When Mariano is twelve years old, Antonieta dies and her best friend, Madam Iara (Neuza Amaral), brings him to live with her in her brothel. Mariano is prematurely introduced to the sexual life, writing letters for the prostitutes to their relatives and having sex with them in return. When the sweet courtesan Guadalupe (Rossana Ghessa) comes to work in the whorehouse, Mariano falls in love with her and he concludes that she is his Queen of Clubs. However, sooner her gigolo Esmeraldo (Jece Valadão) comes to the brothel to stay with her and Mariano concludes that he is the Jack of Spades. When there is a police raid in the brothel, Mariano tricks Esmeraldo that is arrested by the police and Guadalupe moves in together with Mariano. When their money ends, Guadalupe works as street girl and Mariano is her gigolo. After a while, Esmeraldo returns and the woman leaves Mariano and goes with him. Along the years, each gigolo outwits the other to stays with Guadalupe for a period but sooner the other discovers where she is and gets her back.

"Memórias de um Gigolô" is a "pornochanchada" (witty and erotic comedy usually in Rio de Janeiro") from the early 70's with the ups and downs of a gigolo that gives the sensation of nostalgia for those like me that lived this period in Rio. It is great to revisit Rio de Janeiro when the Brazilian population was only ninety million people and life was safer and with higher quality. The Brazilian-Italian Rossana Ghessa is extremely gorgeous and sexy as usual. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Memórias de um Gigolô" ("Memoirs of a Gigolo")

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31 August 1970 (Brazil) See more »

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