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Author Topic: Action (1980, Tinto Brass)  (Read 10284 times)

Gary B.

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Action (1980, Tinto Brass)
« on: 01 Jul 2008 - 05:45 »

A completely unique and bizarre/comedy/art house film by the master of Italian erotic cinema, Tinto Brass.  Dreamlike and hallucinatory, the story is nearly impossible to follow as the film drifts throughout the 2 hour running time into various bizarre situations.  This stars Luc Merenda as a failed actor whose agent (a very sleazy John Steiner!) tricks him into the porn industry when he can't find a job in normal film productions.  The opening scene shows Merenda acting in a crime / gangster film directed by Tinto Brass himself who is berated and fired after improvising his own death scene with a cheesy 'Singing in the rain' style death dance!  We then follow Merenda's character as he ponders the meaning of life while strange and unusual events keep occuring...  Hard to explain and definitely polarizing, this film is barely erotic, and closer to surreal comedy than anything.  It is also completely absurd, and a bit overly long - it definitely does stick in the mind for a long time after viewing it thanks to some very memorable scenes (including a hilariously degrading porno shoot where the crew forces a woman to shit in a toilet for the scene, and another scene in a junkyard where a very post-apocalyptic looking gang makes an appearance and forces Merenda to play Russian roulette!  - "We're gonna play Deer Hunter, but I'm not stupid, only you're gonna play!").  Worth a look for Merenda/Brass fans looking for something completely out of character from both of them.

Stuart Chivers

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Re: Action (1980, Tinto Brass)
« Reply #1 on: 01 Jul 2008 - 20:08 »

I really enjoyed this - although 'bizarre' is certainly an applicable term. I'm far more likely to revisit this than any of the interchangeable softcore films that Brass is best known for.

Gary B.

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Re: Action (1980, Tinto Brass)
« Reply #2 on: 02 Jul 2008 - 05:20 »

Definitely worth re-watching, and although I still do still enjoy his later softcore films, you're right about the replay value with this film compared to those.  It's also a good one to throw on for the uninitiated!


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Re: Action (1980, Tinto Brass)
« Reply #3 on: 02 Jul 2008 - 06:47 »

The Ripley's DVD has English subtitles even though they are not mentioned on the cover.
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