What happened last night in Tina’s apartment? Did she sleep with Gianni willingly, or was she raped? And what was that other couple doing in the apartment with them? Tina, Gianni, Tina’s mother, and Tina’s peeping tom concierge all have differing opinions in this shagadelic sex farce from horror maestro Mario Bava! A spicy Italian variation on the multi-perspective storyline of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. – Amazon
Mario Bava was born in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. The son of Eugenio Bava, a sculptor who became a pioneer of special effects photography and subsequently one of the great cameramen of Italian silent pictures, Mario Bava’s first ambition was to become a painter. Unable to turn out paintings at a profitable rate, he went into his father’s business, working as an assistant to other Italian cinematographers like Massimo Terzano, while also offering assistance to his father who headed the special effects department at Benito Mussolini’s film factory, the Instituto LUCE.
Bava became a cinematographer in his own right in 1939, shooting two short films with Roberto Rossellini. He made his feature debut in the early 1940s. Bava’s camerawork was an instrumental factor in developing the screen personas of such stars of the period as Gina Lollobrigida, Steve Reeves and Aldo Fabrizi.
Bava co-directed his first genre film in 1958: Le morte viene dallo spazio (The Day the Sky Exploded… read more
A different kind of film for director Mario Bava, but this rollicking sex comedy is fascinating for the way it playfully eschews conventional narrative storytelling. It also presents a surprisingly frank attitude about sexuality for its time, and there's some great over the top characters and snappy dialogue. Like much of Bava's work, a strong argument for breaking down the distinctions between art and exploitation.