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Author Topic: Fernando Di Leo's erotic dramas  (Read 4178 times)

Gary B.

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Fernando Di Leo's erotic dramas
« on: 12 Dec 2007 - 06:01 »

Anyone else a fan of Di Leo's non-crime/mafia films?
I'm mainly thinking of these 3:

'Amarsi male'
'Brucia ragazzo brucia'
'La Seduzione'

For the first two films, I bought the Japanese DVD's, and enjoyed them both immensely.  Both films deal with counterculture vs. middle or upper class society, while maintaining the dark humor and depressing nihilism normally found in all of Di Leo's films.  Not action packed by any stretch, the films, however never drag, and I was hooked from start to finish (I watched them both back to back as a "double feature").  Susan Scott fans will definitely want to see 'Amarsi male' as she's on display in various outfits/wigs/nudity throughout the entire movie.  (I recently scored a locandina for this film, and will post a pic when it arrives)

'La Seduzione' is great as well.  It's been a while since I've watched it, but remember it being filled with intense erotic tension, and having a really good Bacalov score.  The RARO DVD looks great too.

I just remembered 'Avere vent'anni' as I was about to finish this post....that's another I need to revisit, and definitely fits into the category of the films above.

What do you guys think about all of these?  I really wish he had made more films...


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Re: Fernando Di Leo's erotic dramas
« Reply #1 on: 12 Dec 2007 - 08:06 »

I was gonna start a thread on these movies, as I was thinking about getting those first two on Japanese DVD.

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Re: Fernando Di Leo's erotic dramas
« Reply #2 on: 12 Dec 2007 - 13:54 »

I have the Japanese AMARSI MALE disc but for whatever reason I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. I'll have to sit down and watch it some day. I'm a big Susan Scott fan after all!


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Re: Fernando Di Leo's erotic dramas
« Reply #3 on: 20 Dec 2007 - 16:53 »

I´ve only seen TO BE TWENTY of these mentioned, and seem to be the only one that doesn´t like it... sure has nice locations, clothes, music, sex etc. but i found it moralistic in a dull and reactionistic way, these things usually don´t bother me much but this time it did. Two young girls takes their life in thier own hands, have fun and have no worries, and sure they have to be punished in the end... but the ending is rather intense and grim, i´ll give it that. Was some years since i saw it, maybe was in the wrong mood...
Of his other non-crime films, i really like the super-sleazy SLAUGHTER HOTEL (Bestia uccide a sangue freddo), it´s dull in the right way!


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Re: Fernando Di Leo's erotic dramas
« Reply #4 on: 20 Dec 2007 - 17:29 »

About TO BE TWENTY being moralistic/reactionary... I understand that one might easily read it that way, that the girl are being punished for their sexuality, freedom etc, but for some reason I didn't. I can't really explain why, but it's all about the tone of the film I guess. And for me it was quite obvious that Di Leo's sympaties where with the girl all along... If a less skillful director had shot it in a slightly different way I would probably agree it was misogynic as hell but here I just didn't get that feeling. Instead of feeling that the director had "put the girls in place" I felt he (in a very exploative way) was making a comment about the impossibility of living totally free according to your own rules, because people are mean and you always rub some of them the wrong way and bad stuff can happen... Pretty nihilistic stuff.
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