Tinto Brass, one of Europe’s masters of softcore eroticism, directed this examination of the joys of infidelity. Diana (Claudia Koll) is married to Paolo (Paolo Lanza), but while she loves her husband, she often finds herself tempted by other men. Rather than keeping her affairs a secret, Diana shares the details with Paolo, and the mingled excitement and jealousy keeps their relationship hot. However, Diana begins to wonder if she’s gone too far when she becomes involved with Alphonse, a writer who worships Diana’s derrière. Paolo is convinced Diana has crossed the line, and in a huff she goes on a tear with the help of her sisters. Is it too late to save Diana and Paolo’s marriage? Cosi Fan Tutte was released on home video in the United States under the title All Ladies Do It. —ovguide
Giovanni Brass (born March 26, 1933), better known as Tinto Brass, is an Italian filmmaker. He is noted especially for his work in the erotic genre, with films such as Così fan tutte (released under the English title All Ladies Do It), Paprika, Monella (Frivolous Lola) and Trasgredire.
Brass was born in Venice12. He is of Russian and Austro-Hungarian background. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s he created many avant-garde films, including Nerosubianco, L’urlo, and La Vacanza. However, he is best known for his erotic epics, Salon Kitty, The Key, Senso ‘45 and Caligula. The latter film was a collaboration with celebrated author Gore Vidal, Franco Rossellini and Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione. However, many consider Caligula not to be a true Tinto Brass film since post-production was not handled by Brass. The director demanded that his name be stricken from the credits after Guccione inserted hardcore sex scenes and recut much of the film’s story and theme structure. Despite… read more
It's tacky and incredibly dated at points, but as a cult film fan, I shamelessly enjoyed this, especially as my introduction to Tinto Brass. I enjoyed as legitimately sexy softcore - particularly the beauty, charisma (and body shape) of star Claudia Koll, even dubbed in a ridiculous English language track - but there is also something positive and intelligent to gleam from it too. Against the discomforting gender dominance games and aggressiveness of mainstream porn, this fluffy vulgarity is far more progressive. Even when Brass drools over the female buttocks bared onscreen, he's still showing men and women of all ages, shapes and types being able to enjoy being naked or having great sex with everyone, baring the husband character whose prudishness is seen as a bad thing. Even a young Catholic priest gets his end in and Brass doesn't show it as a sordid thing for him to be ashamed of. For kitsch, it has far more morally inspiring than a sex-is-bad misery fest we usually get with these films with explicit (even hardcore) erotica.