The Oscar nominated Italian comedy Casanova ‘70 comes from the celebrated director Mario Monicelli. It stars smouldering male lead Marcello Mastroianni as the infamous and spontaneous ladies man, Major Andrea Rossi-Colombotti.
This upbeat Italian romp sees Major Andrea narrowly escaping prison and even death due to his strange libido, which will only allow him to seduce women in the most dangerous and life threatening situations.
Posing as a doctor he seizes the opportunity to try and seduce a Sicilian girl who comes from an honorable family, unfortunately he is caught in the act and is chased away by the girl’s family only just managing to escape. In another escapade he is caught in the middle of a lovers’ feud and again marginally escapes a murder sentence.
The film stars the Cannes and César award winning actress Virna Lisi (La Reine Margot, How To Murder Your Wife) as Andrea’s first ever sweetheart. Director Monicelli is renowned for his masterpiece I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal On Madonna Street) and the Oscar nominated La Grande Guerra.
Although associated with the 1950s period of commedia all’italiana, Mario Monicelli’s career hearkened back to Italy’s silent era; being in fact a predecessor to Italian neorealism rather than succeeding it. Born in Tuscany in 1915, Monicelli gravitated to cinema early in his life, entering the film business in the early-30s. His first films were co-directed with Alberto Mondadori, most notably a silent film adaptation of Ferenc Molnar’s The Paul Street Boys which won an award at the Venice Film Festival. Monicelli alternated as an assistant director and writer for other film-makers along with his own projects. His first solo feature was Summer Rain, made in 1937. He first achieved renown for a series of films starring Italy’s famous comic Totò. Initially co-directed with Stefano ‘Steno’ Vanzina, Monicelli went solo with Totò e Carolina.
His first major film also marked his first collaboration with the screenwriting duo, Age & Scarpelli. I soliti ignoti (1958), better known… read more
Some films should not be watched twice. This one is a fairly good example. Saw it when I was 6 or 7, on TV. Was blown away by it. Seeing it again and on film, showed me a new film, but a disappointing one at that. When I first saw it, seemed so very sexual. Presently it found it to be almost shy. I dunno. I guess some films are better off reminded. It was great seeing Marco Ferreri acting though, and I loved the sets