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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Boccaccio 70 (1962)

An anthology of four short films by four different directors: 1) A young married couple (Marisa Solinas, Germano Gilioli) must keep their marriage a secret in order to keep their jobs. Directed by Mario Monicelli (BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET). 2) The self appointed judge of public morality (Peppino De Filippo) is outraged when a sexy billboard of Anita Ekberg is put up in front of his building. Directed by Federico Fellini. 3) After her husband (Tomas Milian) is caught in a public scandal involving call girls, his wife (Romy Schneider) devises her own revenge. Directed by Luchino Visconti. 4) In order to help out a friend who owes taxes, a statuesque beauty (Sophia Loren) offers her body in a raffle. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. The first segment was originally cut from the release print but has been restored which pushes the movie's running time past the three hour mark! It's actually the best of the bunch. The other three feel extended beyond their welcome with the Visconti segment particularly chatty without much of a payoff. Not among their directors best work but there are worse ways of spending one's time than with Loren, Ekberg and Schneider at their most beautiful.

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