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Un Capolavoro Erotico Moderni.......di Tintoretto......
on April 2, 2011
This is what intelligent and well-made Erotica should strive to be! "L'uomo che guarda" ("The Voyeur" from 1993), was directed by Tinto Brass and, based on the novel of the same title by Alberto Moravia. As luck would have it, even in the empty and vapid landscape of the 90's (the sex-comedy and Erotica were dead), we still had a master filmmaker ('Tintoretto') plying his craft. Tinto Brass could have literally made dozens of this type of film between the 80's and 90's, but thankfully he dedicated himself to quality and not quantity, and it paid-off.
This story is about 'Edoardo' (Francesco Casale) a college lecturer who is separated from his beautiful wife 'Silvia' (Katarina Vasilissa) and who has unreconciled issues with his enlightened father 'il professore' (Antonio Salines). The poor 'old-professor' is looked after by his hot-to-trot nurse 'Fausta' (Cristina Garavaglia) who cares for his every need! Did I mention how funny this film is!! Early on, there is a scene where 'Dodo' asked 'Fausta' in the kitchen (she was wearing the smallest and tightest of shorts you can imagine), "......morning, Fausta......is my father up yet?......"---and she replied---"......you bet!......"---and taken aback he asked her---"......what's......you bet......mean?......"---and she replied---"......that's for me to know!......" The actors were very good: the old professor, Dodo, Fausta and Silvia, they were really professional and showed no signs of being uptight or inhibited with the material (now that's professionalism). I also learned something while watching this film, besides being a "cinephile", I am also a "scopophile" it seems (see the film to find out), makes a lot of sense too. There is also a very funny scene on the beach (this is one of the film's most hedonistic moments), where 'Dodo' is walking along the sand, when suddenly an old-looking bum yells over to him---"......protected zone......access by payment only......"---to which Dodo replied---"......isn't this a free beach?......"---after a small exchange of words Dodo said---"......oh, I get it......you're kind of a park supervisor......"---to which the bum answered---"......pork supervisor is more like it!......" Too funny!
From start to finish, this film has some well-conceived erotic imagery (from the 'peek-a-boo' shots, to the well composed: Art Direction, Lighting and Cinematography). 'Tintoretto' is a genius for getting it right. Fans of the sex-comedy and Erotica in particular, but even the "art house" crowd would appreciate this film. This really is a modern erotic masterpiece. An excellent job all-around. The DVD picture quality by Cult Epics is excellent, they did a fantastic job on this special edition. NTSC, Italian (English subtitles), English (dubbed), NR 99 mins. (BTW: There is a scene involving 'Fausta' and a Cuban cigar from the professor, simply hilarious and prophetic!)
Love and Peace,