Sex, love, and Italian culture experience a period of upheaval in the four short stories of the landmark Boccaccio 70. Seen together, these four featurettes, spanning comedy, melodrama, and fantasy, form a sharp tour through Italian society.
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Producer Carlo Ponti brought together four of the biggest directors in Italy for this collection with mostly positive results. Best of the bunch would be the Monicelli (cut for original US release!) followed closely by the De Sica/Sophia Loren comedy. Fellini's first foray into colour is included and is quite amusing though quickly runs out of steam. Least would by the Visconti peace despite a great turn from Romy.
A sultry classic anthology from Italy's filmmakers De Sica, Visconti, Fellini and Monicelli. Each of these four films showcase different styles of love, Italian style in the early 1960's. While each of these films were enjoyable, my favorite would have to be Visconti's "Il Lavoro". Romi Schneider's performance was delightful! I applaud Kino Lorber for including Monicelli's "Renzo e Luciana" in the Blu-ray release.
4 different takes on life & love in 60's Italy, with 4 great directors and 4 beautiful women. My pick for best segment is tied between Fellini's "Temptation of Dr. Antonio", a technicolour fantasy featuring a 50 ft Anita Ekberg, and Visconti's "The Job" - the most dramatic of the bunch, with Romy Schneider's great performance & the strongest ending overall. The other two pass for good lightweight entertainment, too.