Boccaccio '70 (Remastered Edition)
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BOCCACCIO '70 is presented in a widescreen anamorphic digital transfer, loaded with never seen before extras, including a rare behind-the-scene archival footage
Monicelli's story, Renzo and Luciana, is an agreeable tale, full of everyday Roman life: an office worker (Marisa Solinas) must marry her boyfriend when she gets pregnant--although marriage is against company rules. Fellini's segment, The Temptation of Dr. Antonio, is fantastical and big-scaled. It tells of a censorious bluenose (Peppino de Filippo) who becomes incensed at the presence of a billboard featuring a sexy portrait of Anita Ekberg (selling milk)--a portrait that comes to life. For this bizarre escapade, Nino Rota composed an advertising jingle that will stick in your mind whether you want it to or not.
Visconti's The Job is the best segment, tracking the emotional chess game between a playboy (Thomas Milian) and his wife (Romy Schneider at her most gorgeous) after he is publicly exposed in a sex scandal. Finally, the De Sica piece (The Raffle) is a fairly broad romp that uses Sophia Loren as the reward in a raffle. Sophia's delicious, needless to say.
The finished product weighed in at a whopping 208 minutes, and Monicelli's segment was lopped off before the film showed at the Cannes Film Festival. It has never been restored, until this DVD release. All the segments are frankly too long, and none qualifies as an essential gem, but they do give the flavor of Italy's best at an especially exciting cinematic moment. --Robert Horton
- Extensive poster and still gallery, including photos from backstage and the U.S. premiere of the movie
- Original U.S. theatrical trailer
- Original Italian theatrical trailer
- Archival footage
- Original U.S. main titles
- Collectible booklet with liner notes and reprint of the rare original U.S. press book
Top Customer Reviews
In 1962, the anthology film "Boccaccio '70' was released. Featuring an idea by Italian screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (one of the proponents of the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema), the film would focus on the style of Boccaccio, the work of 1300's Italian author and poet Giovanni Boccaccio.
In Italy, the film would feature four stories directed by Mario Monicelli ("Casanova 70', "The Organizer", "Caro Michele", "A Tailor's Maid"), Federico Fellini ("8 1/2', "La Dolce Vita", "Juliet of the Spirits", "I Vitelloni"), Luchino Visconti ("Rocco and His Brothers", "The Leopard", "Death in Venice", "La Terra Trema") and Vittorio De Sica ("Bicycle Thieves", "Umberto D.", "Marriage Italian Style").
While the Italian version featured all four stories, producer Carlos Ponti decided to make it a trilogy due to its 3 hour+ duration and decided to cut out Mario Monicelli's story for its worldwide release. So, for its Cannes Film Festival premiere, in support of Monicelli, the other three directors did not go to Cannes premiere.
So, while the world is familiar with the trilogy of films in "Boccaccio '70', for the Blu-ray release of this Italian anthology classic, all four films are presented.
"Boccaccio '70' is a film that probably will not look any better than what we see on this Blu-ray. While not a pristine print, the film does look its age but where it probably looks better than any of its previous counterparts is how well the film does look during the daylight.Read more ›
" The bet" is a demolishing, incisive and merciless of a decaying marriage, when the husband of a very rich wealthy and alluring woman (the exquisite and unforgettable Romy Schneider) in a role that fits for her to perfection. She personifies the woman of the sixties at the eve of the feminine liberation, and so did she when she notices has been cheated by his husband and so she will take her own and brutal revenge. This is by far, the most mature of the three portraits, with that exquisiteness so typical of Luchino Visconti.
"The temptation of Saint Anthony" is a cynical and mundane parable; a demolishing satire about the Freudian man, who suffers in his own flesh all the sins of the world, product of the voluptuousness emanated from Anita Eckberg in a huge poster with a suggestive semiotic lexicon. That portrait will become for him a true set of bad dreams, but the way in which is told a this acidic surrealistic and mordacious story is so brilliant that the rest of the plot runs for you.
Finally, "The raffle" is perhaps the less relevant and banal of the previous two. It has to do with the times and livings of woman in search of love in the middle of a raffle (a sharp metaphor of life), but the script is extremely weak to hold the previous entries of FEFE and Visconti.
Fortunately the first two justify plainly your purchase. A cult movie to enjoy over and over, due the pristine elegance and mordacity that have resisted the test of time.
Overall: 5 stars because Il Maestro overwhelms every single complaint...in fact I suggest that you first watch disc 2 (Visconti/de Sica combo) and then go to disc 1 (Monicelli/Fellini)...
Four segments: The first segmant, Renzo E Luciana: ("Renzo And Luciana") by Mario Monicelli (43 mins), cut of the U.S. version to shorten the film and the only part cut out of the film, the second segmant: Le Tantazioni Del Dottor Antonio ("The Temptation Of Doctor Antonio") by Federico Fellini (53 mins), the third segmant: Il Lavoro ("The Job") by Luchino Visconti (53 mins), and the fourth segment: La Riffa ("The Raffle") by Vittorio De Sica (47 mins).
Extensive poster & still gallery including photos from backstage and the U.S. premiere of the movie
Original Italian, U.S. theatrical trailers
Original U.S. main titles
Collectible booklet with liner notes and re-print of the rare original U.S. press book included (14 pg., REALLY REALLY COOL!, Why didn't it come with the collectibile booklet with liner notes and re-print of the rare original Italian press book? But who cares? It's still REALLY REALLY COOL!)
Langauges: Italian Digital Dobly 2.0, English Digital Dobly 2.0
Subtitles: English, English for some of the scenes that are in Italian
Two discs: Disc one, "Renzo E Luciana" (Renzo & Luciana) and "Le Tentazioni Del Dottor Antonio" ("The Temtations Of Doctor Antonio"), disc two, "Il Lavoro" ("The Job"), Il Riffa ("The Raffle") and Extras. Both digital remastered from the vault original interpositive!
REALLY REALLY COOL release by NoShame Films! This is my first pressbook I've ever have and my 3th NoShame Films release out 3 in my collection!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Light comedy and an interesting look at Italian films back in their heyday. Slow in places. Sophia Loren makes Act 4 fun to watch, but the guy who gets her in the end comes across... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Buddy1492
Nice to see al the bombshells form the past in one movie. Very slow and hard to follow...unless you are ItalianPublished 1 month ago by Grouper67
Best version and restoration of this classic anthological film I have seen ever. Plus it has the fourth episode (actually "Act I") which was deleted from the American... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter Kraemer
Wonderful quartet of movies by the Italian Greats. Sexy. Wonderful experience. Great to see some more of Fellini as well.Published 8 months ago by A. Binder
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