A BOURGEOIS DRAMA (1979)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:    Florestano Vancini . Stars: Franco Nero, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Lara Wendel. 15-year-old Maria "Mimmina" leaves the boarding school in Genève to stay in the Bechten Hotel nursing her widower father, international journalist Guido, who is paralyzed by rheumatism. They haven't seen each other for several years. For some reason she is doing everything in her power to get him to have sex with her. She even brings herself to orgasm while next to him in bed. He nearly goes apoplectic trying to avoid her advances. Eventually, her school chum Therese who is 8 years her senior comes to visit, and at last Guido has a semi-suitable object for his seriously-overheated passions. Therese and Guido have a love affair with tragic consequences.

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THE COLD PATHS OF CRIME (1972)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Carlos Aured, Cast: Daniel Martin (Fred), Agata Lys (Helen), Frank Brana (Guy Malone), Georges Rigaud (Williams), Maria Perschy (Jane). Score: Jose Espeita. The film opens with a killer approaching a young woman’s apartment. She is reading a novel with one hand while she undresses for a shower with the other. After her shower, the killer, having made entry in the meantime, strangles her with a cord. She is the fifth victim to be killed in this way. Fred, is out riding his horse when he meets Helen, who has fallen off her horse. The attraction is there but Fred is married to a miserable rich alcoholic bitch of wife named Jane. She owns Farrell Publishing where she has installed Fred as the boss ( and there are plenty of people who resent it, like the older, more experienced Williams). The only person who doesn’t seem to resent his presence is editor Guy Malone. Jane is fooling around with her latest discovery, Gigi, an author of no talent that Jane is forcing the company to publish. The killer contacts Fred and offers to kill Jane for $100,000 which Fred instantly dismisses. To prove his authenticity, the killer tells him about his next victim, a dope smoking socialite who is embarrassing her rich father. With the murder carried out, the killer renews his offer to Fred. In the middle of an editorial meeting, he gets yet another call telling him in an hour, his wife ( who by now knows all about Helen), will be dead. Fred rushes home to what appears to be Jane's corpse. She however, has a laugh as she tells him she knows the killer and together they set this up so the killer could go after Helen instead. Fortunately Fred thwarts that plan, only to return home with Helen to find Jane really dead this time. The police are suspicious of Fred but have no real proof of his involvement. The killer calls to not only collect the money owed, but hatches a new plan to rid Fred of the burden of marrying Helen, so he can really live the life of a rich playboy. He seemingly agrees and that night throws a lavish party to announce his marriage to Helen. He drugs her drink and waits for the killer to show up and finish the deal. However, not everything is as it seems.

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IL GATTO MAMMONE (1975)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:    Nando Cicero, Stars:Lando Buzzanca, Rossana Podestà, Gloria Guida. Lando Buzzanca plays a man desperate to father a male heir. However, his wife (Roseanne Podesta) is apparently barren. They decide to use a surrogate mother, which, since this was in the days before artificial insemination, means Buzzanca will have to impregnate the surrogate the "old-fashioned" way. After a mishap involving a VERY unattractive but fertile widow, Buzzanca sets his sights on young girl (Gloria Guida) at an orphanage for unwed mothers (who has already given an illegitimate child up for adoption). They hire her as a maid, but she is under the impression they're going to adopt her, leading to some quasi-incestual misunderstandings. But after the fertile Guida eventually fails to conceive too, the plot takes a pretty predictable but pretty funny ironic turn.

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THE IMMORTAL BACHELOR (1975)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Marcello Fondato, Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Vittorio Gassman, Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Giannini. Tina is on trial for the murder of her lover, Gino. The violent nature of their relationship, revealed in the trial, seems to make obvious that she accidentally killed him during a fight. The lone female jury member compares her life to Tina's and, believing her to be innocent, sets out on her own to find a missing witness that can prove Tina's innocence.

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INDECENT PHOTOS OF A DECENT WOMAN (1971)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:Piero Sciumè, Stars:Marisa Mell, Philippe Leroy, Lea Massari. The unearthly beautiful Michèle (Marisa Mell) is married to grouchy and mean-looking banker Gilbert (Philippe Leroy). He has an affair, because Michèle totally neglects him, but his mistress and an accomplice then kidnap the couple's young son. While Gilbert stubbornly refuses to steal money from his employer to use for ransom, the accomplice - a photographer - becomes obsessed with Michèle and forces her to pose as a nude model for him.

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LOVES BEDS AND BETRAYALS (1975)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:    Alfonso Brescia, Stars: Marisa Mell, Don Backy, U go Bologna, Malissa Longo. Rome. The land-speculator Guido is looking for all ways to put his paws on the land of a young shepherd, Baldo. But stubborn Baldo refuses to sell it and Guido has to come to a compromise with the help of his sexy wife, Greta: he is given a permission to live freely Guido's residence in exchange for the sale of his property. After entering the house unmannerly Baldo has privileges in sexual encounters with his wife and daughter Paola. Baldo and Guido gambles and Baldo wins Guido's all assets. The conclusion is that Baldo is currently the owner of the villa and the lover of his wife and daughter, but, above all his a new business partner.

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THE MATTEOTTI CRIME (1975)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:    Florestano Vancini. Stars: Franco Nero, Mario Ador, fRiccardo Cucciolla. In 1924, socialist member of Parliament Giacomo Matteotti was kidnapped and later murdered by the Black Shirts after a no-nonsense, straightforward speech at the Chamber in which he called the new government's bluff and the systematic use of terror, violence and treachery during the electoral process. At this point though, fascism had not completed the transformation of the Italian State into a totalitarian Leviathan. Justice, for one, was still operating outside of fascist control and despite many difficulties and attempted intimidation, the investigation of the murder, led by judge Mauro Del Giudice, came circle by circle dangerously close to Benito Mussolini's immediate entourage. Mussolini's own press attaché, Cesare Rossi, was eventually heard by the judge who managed to get a full confession of Rossi's participation in the kidnapping and murder of Matteotti. But King Vittorio-Emanuele III, disregarding the insistence of liberal-to-conservative politicians such as Giovanni Amendola (later murdered), count Carlo Sforza and the Association of War Veterans, refused even to READ the famous Rossi memorandum, even if it was published in the press (which, like justice, was not yet fascistized, or at least not completely). And then, on January 3, 1925, in a sadly famous speech, Mussolini let the mask(s) fall and claimed for full responsibility - thus establishing an open dictatorship.

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ROMA BENE (1971)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Carlo Lizzani, Cast: Senta Berger (Princess Dede), Vittorio Caprioli (Baron), Franco Fabrizi (Nino), Mario Feliciani (Teo), Phillipe Leroy (Giorgio), Virna Lisi (Silvia), Nino Manfredi (Commissioner Tartamella), Michele Mercier (Wilma), Gastone Moschin (Monsignor), Umberto Orsini (Prince Rubio), Irene Pappas (Elena), Enzo Cannavale (Tognon), Ely Galleni (Vivi), Score: Luis Bacalov. The film opens at a party given by Silvia at a very posh hotel. It’s the film’s opportunity to introduce a plethora of characters who come and go throughout the film. Silvia is married to a very rich businessman, Giorgio, who is currently in China closing a big deal. Princess Dede and Prince Rubio own most of the land in the area and are looking to expand their horizons. They do this by pimping out Dede to whatever government official is in charge of the permits they need. The Baron is an inveterate kleptomaniac that everyone puts up with because he comes from a very powerful lineage. Wilma, a closet lesbian is married to Nino who is trying to ingratiate himself to everyone so he can finally pull off some type of business deal. Lando and Vivi are the spoiled children of Silvia and Giorgio who have no sense of the value of money as Lando ends up deep in debt to some gamblers. Elena is married to an old rich Greek named Teo. She has tried three other times to kill him, each time failing to finish him off. When Silvia’s emerald earring is stolen Commissioner Tartamella is introduced to find the culprit. He takes the obvious suspect, the Baron, back to headquarters where he feeds him castor oil so as to make him shit it out (he swallowed it after using his mouth to remove it from Silvia’s ear). Next up everyone goes on a hunting trip. They kill a lot of birds, just for the Hell of it, never bothering to do anything but let them rot on the ground. Vitozzi’s young son shoots a dog and a fellow hunter. Instead of there being any repercussions, the corrupt bastard promises the ten year old a red Ferrari to overcome his trauma (nevermind the dog or hunter). Because Giorgio wouldn’t help his son payoff his gambling debt, he and his sister are kidnapped and held for ransom. When Commissioner Tartamella is called onto the case, he soon figures out it was a scheme concocted by Silvia to get the money to pay off Lando’s debt. Next up Elena, along with her 5 times widowed mother, finally succeed in killing off her husband Teo. Tartamella figures out how she did it and is just about to arrest her, when he is suddenly promoted and taken off the case. Thus Elena gets off scot free and a scandal is avoided. To wrap things up, everyone, except for Tartamella, Giorgio and the Monsignor go out on Silvia’s yacht to celebrate Elena’s widowhood. Drugs, alcohol, indiscriminate screwing, you name a vice and it is occurring. However there’s a final twist at the end that is very appropriate for this tale of murder and corruption.

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RIMINI RIMINI (1987)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Sergio CorbuccI, Stars:Paolo Villaggio, Serena Grandi, Laura Antonelli, Elvire Audray, Sylva Koscina. THANK YOU SERGIO CORBUCCI FOR ALL THE NUDITY!!Serena has never been nudier!! The film is divided into episodes set on the beaches of Rimini. Gildo (Paolo Villaggio) is a moralistic magistrate who shuts down red light districts but his enemies conspire to photograph him in a compromising position with sex goddess Lola (Serena Grandi). Laura Antonelli plays a wealthy woman who believes her husband has drowned. A priest is forced to put his mouth on a topless nun as the battle of morality verses misbehavior unfolds. A shy girl is forced to fall in love with a hefty; a priest falls in love with a nun; and a poor employee is forced to do menial jobs to his master for not being fired.

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THE UNLEASHED (1967)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director: Franco Indovina, Cast: Vittorio Gassman (Bob), Martha Hyer (Luisa), Gila Golan (Emma), Massimo Serrato (Agent), Carlo Bene (Priest), Jacques Herlin(Professor of Entymology), Claudio Gora (Prime Minister), Score: Luis Bacalov. Bob Chiaramonte is an actor well known for his face in commercial work.While filming a commercial for HAG coffee, his concentration is ruined when a dog chooses an inopportune time to piss on his leg. Upset, he heads to his trailer to eat an egg, when in walks a chicken who goes postal on him. Next a BULOVA watch commercial is filmed ( a hilarious parody of Spaghetti Westerns) when the ending can’t be filmed because Bob was thrown off a horse 8 times. He confesses to his long suffering girlfriend, Luisa, that he thinks the animal kingdom is out to get him. He shows up to film an outdoor segment for MONTANA MEATS when he noticed cows are being used. He refuses to continue unless they are removed, and after some negotiation, the director complies. However, a rogue bull shows up and it forces Bob and a shapely actress to hide inside the giant prop can. The bull attacks and down the hill goes the can, with Bob and the actress inside. As the can rolls, the action causes the two inside to lose their clothing, stripping them down to their undies. As they roll into a river, they decide they might as well make out while waiting to be rescued. Now considered box office poison, Bob visits an eccentric zoologist to try and find out what is going on. The professor is no help (he gives Bob a copy of MEIN KAMPF to read) and so while wandering through a park, a pretty young blonde wants to know if he wants to watch a striptease. Of course he does so with a telescope aimed at the apartment of young ladies who do this for a living, Bob is all set. Just as it’s getting good, a fly shows up on the lens, obscuring the naughty bits. Freaking out he chases the fly across town causing him to slap a priest and accost a traffic cop. He finally traps the fly in a phone booth and empties a can of bug spray inside, inadvertently causing him to poison himself. Flies continue to bug him ( sorry about that), causing such chaos as trashing his apartment and even bringing about the overthrow of the local government! At wit’s end, he heads to the local zoo where he challenges a chimp to match wits with him. As he smugly convinces himself that he has the upper hand,

the tables are turned and he ends up in the cage and the ape goes free. He’s reduced to catching peanuts from a little kid who continually pelts him with nuts.

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VIOLANTA (1977)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director:Daniel Schmid, Cast:Lucia Bose (Dona Violanta), Maria Schneider (Laura), Lou Castel (Silver), Ingrid Caven (Alma), Gerard Depardieu (Fortunat). Score:Peer Raben. Silver is returning to his ancestral home to attend his stepsister’s (whom he’s never met) wedding. He learns from nearby neighbors that his stepmother, Dona Violanta, is known as The Judge as she has ruled the valley with an iron hand to keep bloodshed to a minimum. Alma, Dona Violanta’s sister, admits to her she is slowly going insane and reveals that she poisoned her husband on her wedding night and was pregnant by another man who disappeared soon after the man’s death. Dona Violanta dismisses her confession claiming that it happened so long ago, no one cares anymore. Silver arrives and lets Dona Violanta know that he holds her responsible for causing his mother to go insane. Once Silver meets his stepsister, there is an instant attraction between the two. They leave together on horseback for a trip to a supposed haunted lake. While gone, Dona Violanta flashes back to a horrific event from her past. Her drunken lout of a brother loses a bet and allows a local scumbag to rape and marry her. Meanwhile, the brother kills her lover with a shotgun. A thunderstorm interrupts a passionate situation involving Silver and Laura. He heads for a cave where he meets the ghosts of the haunted pasts. First his mother tells her tale of her descent into insanity, Adrian, Dona Violanta’s young lover appears telling him about his murder, a younger version of Dona Violanta hands him a shotgun and tells him if he can shoot her, he can have Laura, Laura appears as a seducer, begging for his attention, crazy Alma admitting the murder of her husband and finally Simon, the dissolute Klaus Kinski clone who raped Dona Violanta and was ultimately the one who fathered Laura. They return home and Laura overhears her mother admit to Simon’s ghost that she poisoned him on their wedding night and even though she too drank the poison, she had also taken an antidote that allowed her to survive. The wedding takes place the next day between Laura and David, the local Dona Violanta handpicked to marry her daughter. However, there’s still one more poisoning that must take place.

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VAMPIRISMUS (1982)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS

Director: Giulio Questi, Cast: Antonio Salines (Count Ippolito), Roberto Tesconi (Cipriano), Maria Grazia Marescalchi (Baroness Valobra), Francesca Archibugi (Aurelia).

Count Ippolito, a. confirmed bachelor, has just returned from one of his numerous trips to England. While gone, he has had his estate remodeled with hopes of adding a pagoda to the grounds. He is soon visited by the Baroness Volobra and her daughter Aurelia. The Baroness was previously involved in a criminal scandal, for which she was acquitted, but the stench has remained. Her visit was two fold. She claims she was a great admirer of the Count’s father, but her real reasons are much more devious. When a storm suddenly appears, the Count insists they stay, which plays right into the Baroness’ scheme. Count Ippolito has taken a liking for the virginal Aurelia, allowing the Baroness to live in comfort. Turns out the Baroness suffers from seizures and once this is witnessed by the Count, it appears they will be allowed to stay for an infinite amount of time. The Baroness reveals what a real pervert she was as she allowed her lovers to rape Aurelia at a young age and tells her daughter, even after she is dead, she will return from the grave to haunt her. No sooner than she makes this proclamation, then sure enough, she dies while walking the grounds. Aurelia freaks out and the Count instantly asks her to be his bride. The day of the wedding, as Aurelia is visiting her Mother’s grave, her veil is caught on a bush, but she faints, insisting it was her Mother’s hand. Aurelia slowly begins to waste away, refusing to eat any meat, becoming pale and listless. A visit from the doctor determines she is pregnant, causing the Count to now discount his worries about her health. However, when the butler reveals that Aurelia has been seen in the local graveyard with a bunch of women from the village, he soon relaizes she has been drugging his tea at night. The next evening he pours out the drugged liquid so as he can follow her nocturnal journey. What he discovers shocks him to the core resulting in her death and him a raving madman.

This TV movie was part of a series, IL FASCINO DELL’INSOLITO, that lasted three years and had 14 episodes. It included works by Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft and M.R. James. This story was based on a story by E.T.A Hoffmann. Director Questi supressed his wild chaotic directorial hand here to allow for a slow buildup to a shocking conclusion, which works all the better for that approach. In fact, the only nod to his past occurs at the wedding ceremony where he has composer Fiorenzo Rizzone ape the violin track that was used in ARCANA. The acting here is flawless, purposely on the low end of the histronic scale, until as we near the end, things get ramped up. Antonio Salines and Francesca Archibugi are near perfect in their roles. Interestingly, Archibugi went onto to a very prolific career as a writer/director. Maria Grazia Marescalchi as the twisted Baroness, looks very much like Alida Valli in Bava’s LISA AND THE DEVIL, as does this production as well. For some this will be too slow and not worth the 71 minutes to finish, however, for those who have the patience and love of classic horror literature, this should be right up your alley.

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THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR (1984)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:Paolo Quaregna, Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Marzio Honorato, Dina D'Isa. Fabio and Manuela know each other about the picturesque carnival of Ivrea, famous with its battle of orange and start an intense erotic relationship. The meeting leads to three days of senseless and unbridled love, of discoveries and confessions: the two perfectly know that they will leave and this leads them to the search for the most complete transgression. But even the battle with oranges has a limit: Fabio and Manuela will leave the city to return to their lives, aware of a new wealth of experience gained. OH YEAH, SANDRELLI IS NUDE…A LOT!

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