This romantic and sometimes ribald historical farce finds nobleman Guerrando (Tony Curtis) knighted in the days before the Crusades. He inherits a castle, tax-collecting rights, first choice of all the fair young maidens of the region, and a draft notice from the King. Boccadoro (Monica Vitti) is the liberal-minded forest woman who catches the eye of the young nobleman. Courtship, love and marriage follows, but the wedding night is interrupted by a call to arms. Guerrando and Boccadoro are unable to consummate the marriage, and a chastity belt is used to insure her virginal status. The young bride follows her husband’s troop at a distance hoping to get her hand on the coveted key to the lock. Comedy ensues as the key changes hands several times before Guerrando ultimately regains possession and is able to unlock the passions of his love-starved wife. This overlong film can best described as a punchline in search of a joke. One gets the feeling that the producers had wanted to title the film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Crusades. As it stood, On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who… was too unwieldy for most theater marquees, necessitating the film’s title-change to The Chastity Belt. —Moviefone.com
There’s no biography which resembles Horace’s as does Pasquale Festa Campanile’s. Like Horace, who was forced to move to Rome by his father, Pasquale Festa Campanile was forced to move to Rome to reach his father, a ministry official. He was born in 1927 in Melfi. There he spent the first part of his childhood with his grandmother, his mother being away. Perhaps, Horace was motherless, too, but he did not have a grandmother, but only a wet-nurse.
After the third year in primary school, Pasquale Festa Campanile turned his back on his town, to return every now and then. A page from Nonna Sabella, his first and most important novel, is very revealing in this regard: on a torrid day of July 1944 Michele, Pasquale Festa Campanile’s alter ego, makes return to Melfi on occasion of his aunt Carmelina’s death. A few days after his return to Rome, Nonna Sabella, typical Horacean name, joins him. She is shrew and strong-willed, willing, as much as her nephew, to reach the city at last… read more