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One of the few Brass films also available with subtitles, not dubbed in English,
This review is from: The Key   [DVD] (DVD)
TAKE NOTE THAT THE DVD SHOWN IN THIS LISTING ONLY HAS THE DUBBED ENGLISH AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED. But my star rating is for the Italian version. This version should only get 2 stars.
In fact this is one of only three films of Tinto Brass that I have been able to obtain with English subtitles, leaving the original soundtrack intact. All the others I have seen were completely ruined, as films usually are, by the clumsy dubbing from the same old dubbing studio and the same old bunch of actors. They have also ruined hundreds of other films and TV series and should have been put out of business decades ago.
But beware that you don't acquire the 'English' version of this by mistake. This listing here on Amazon is actually for the English dubbed version and should be avoided.
The well known English actor Frank Finlay in the main male part appears with his own voice in the Italian version.
Although there is, strictly speaking, really no single 'great erotic scene' in the film, there are a great many very well handled 'candid' erotic scenes generously distributed throughout the entire film and the cumulative effect is truly joyous especially if seen on a projection screen from which it gains a great deal, as of course do many arthaus films despite the intimate small scale subject matter. This film shares the same life-affirming, earthy life-force that is found in some other Italian films such as those of Fellini.
What do I mean by 'candid': I mean 'real' and honest, not idealised as in Hollywood love scenes; I mean an almost detatched documentary style not avoiding the clumsyness and awkwardness found in real life; I mean distanced and yet intimate at the same time; I mean that such scenes can be occasionally a little sordid or sometimes a little absurd. That's the sort of thing I mean - and it's all too rare while still retaining an erotic quality and not alienating the viewer (in the sense of vitiating any sexual response).
A very fine example of this which is fully satisfying as an erotic poem is the scene on the plane early in the first 'Emmanuelle' film. I have reviewed this on Amazon too.
Another example is the kitchen scene in 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', which I have also reviewed.
Any more examples please?