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Giovannona or Coco - whatever you call her, Edwige looks great,
This review is from: Giovannona Long-Thigh (DVD)
A new judge in Sicily goes out fishing by the river one day, only to find the waters to be polluted. An analysis shows it to be the result of industrial waste, and the culprit is determined to be the Straccalone cheese factory. What can its owner, Commandatore La Noce, do to keep the factory from being shut down for good?
The ever beautiful Edwige Fenech stars as the title character, a prostitute hired to help remedy the problem. La Noce had earlier enlisted the assistance of a monsignor, who determined that a particular politician might be able to help him out. Unfortunately, that politician seems to be a straight arrow - he's not corrupt and, even though he's from Sicily (as La Noce says), he's not even in the Mafia. They do, however, find one weakness in him: a propensity for helping out men who happen to have beautiful young wives. La Noce's own wife doesn't fit the mold, so enter Edwige as the luscious Coco (she used to be known as Giovannona), who is more interested in the Commendatore's bumbling secretary Albertini than in anyone else.
I really enjoyed this film from start to finish. Much of that credit has to go to the wonderful musical score written by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis - it's light, bouncy, Italianate feel gets the viewer in the mood for fun right from the get-go. What ensues is a sex farce that takes its situations from an overnight train ride to a romp at a Sicilian villa, culminating in a Benny Hill-esque chase sequence around a swimming pool.
Pippo Franco co-stars as Albertini and once again plays the poor schlemiel who can't seem to do anything right. I especially liked the scene where he's picked up hitchhiking, only to find that the speeding Maserati he's climbed into is being piloted by a complete wacko. Gigi Ballista is terrific, too, as La Noce, whose over the top performance works well and whose bulging eyes reminded me of Rodney Dangerfield.
Of course, Edwige is just glorious to behold. Even though her nude scenes were limited, she is so delicious as Coco that I almost didn't care.
The picture is presented letterboxed 2.35:1 and is enhanced for widescreen sets. The picture started out a little soft, but it soon improved and was fine to watch, with good colors and a clean image. Extras include the film's trailer, a collection of four other trailers of Fenech's sexy comedies (how I'm hoping they'll get good DVD releases here!) and a seven minute interview with Edwige herself. Much of the discussion deals with her admiration for producer (and former husband) Luciano Martino, but she also talks about doing nude scenes, her discomfort of doing them but how important those scenes were to the commercial viability of the films and finally how she stopped doing them. She is good natured and likeable throughout - and I defy you to find anybody of her current age who looks better.
As with other No Shame Films DVDs, there's an eight page booklet with quite a few nice still photos from the film. It includes an essay by Richard Harland Smith about the Italian sex comedy films of the 1970's and how they fit into Italian culture (though much of the essay is devoted to the history of Fenech as the leading lady of that genre), plus biographies and selected filmographies of Fenech and director Sergio Martino.
All in all, another good release from No Shame Films and another dazzling role for Edwige Fenech.