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.
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.
How I loved the priest that was cruelly beat by his instinctual, sexual arousal towards Anita Eckberg. All of the four acts were weirdly comical and carried on a style of their own. Credits in particular to Visconti's set: marvelous. It was certainly a fun watch, although not something essential.
Monicelli's part was the most dramatic and straight-forward, and I cared enough about the characters. Fellini's was (as can be expected from him) the weirdest and wackiest, and it was great fun and very amusing. Visconti's was the best written and the most engaging. De Sica's was probably my least favourite, but Sophia Loren... oh my goodness, that woman was absolute perfection.