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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Viaggio Con Anita (aka Lovers And Liars) (1979)

Set in Italy, a married businessman (Giancarlo Giannini) wants to take his girlfriend (Lorraine De Selle) with him on his auto trip to see his dying father. When she refuses, he spontaneously takes the girlfriend's visiting American friend (Goldie Hawn) instead. Directed by Mario Monicelli (BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET). First off, I watched the English language version which is some 20 minutes shorter than the Italian cut. No doubt that is to the film's disadvantage. That being said, I can't imagine my opinion being vastly different unless the English language version eliminated all the positive qualities of its characters. Giannini's character seems more interested in getting laid than seeing his dying father (when he finally gets there, the father is dead). Hawn is on the rebound from the lover she left when she finds out he was married. So what does she do? Gets involved with another married man! Who can care about people like these two? Hawn and Giannini are very appealing actors but while Hawn manages to hold onto her charms, Giannini is so irritating that when he gets punched out in a bar I could have cheered. The underscore is by Ennio Morricone. With Claudine Auger (THUNDERBALL), Laura Betti, Aurore Clement and Andrea Ferreol.

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