Lola (Anna Ammirati) delights in turning heads in her village, engaging in such antics as riding her bike with her skirt billowing up behind her. The men all think she’s great, while the women aren’t so fond of her (though the woman working on her wedding dress would clearly like to get to know her better, if you catch my drift). Her main problem is her fiance, who, much to her frustration, refuses to have sex before their marriage. Then there’s her stepfather, who seems more than appro…riately interested in Lola, too.
Stopping just short of hardcore, this presents itself as a frothy, erotic comedy. As withdirector Tinto Brass’s other works, the production values are strong, though the effect ischeapened somewhat by an over-reliance on the zoom lens. As well, the film is simply not asfunny, smart or erotic as it thinks it is.
The 2.0 audio has some surround elements, but they tend to be few and far between. Theseare primarily connected with the music, but once in a while there are some surround sound FXas well (insect calls and the like). There is some buzz on the dialogue.
The picture (presented in non-anamorphic 1.66:1) is rather inconsistent. There is very little grain, but there is some ghosting. The image is often very soft, though much of the time this is a deliberate gauzy effect. The colours are horribly washed out in the opening, then improve after the credits. The blacks could be darker. Most of these issues, however, have more to do with the quality of the available print than with the transfer itself.
As with the other Tinto Brass releases, this DVD features a 25-minute interview with the director about the movie. He really is a character, puffing away on his cigar and expounding on the ‘feminine’ view of his movies. He’s so close to be a caricature of a sex-film director, tha the is, in fact, rather engaging. There is a photo gallery, and the trailers for this and the other Brass DVDs: All Ladies Do It, The Key and Miranda. The menu is basic, butloads with a 2-minute preview of most of the Cult Epics catalogue.
The movie is no great shakes, but kudos nonetheless to Cult Epics for presenting the film respectfully, and a commitment to a director who may not be a giant talent, but still has his place in cinema.
Special Features List
- Interview with Tinto Brass
- Photo Gallery
- Trailer Gallery