Frivolous Lola (1998)

Frivolous Lola (1998):

Lola (Anna Ammirati) is a tease who lives with her mother (Serena Grandi of Brass’ Miranda) and a decadent man who may or may not be her father (Patrick Mower) and is engaged to marry the baker’s son Tomasso (Max Parodi of Brass’ Trasgredire) but she’s not so sure she wants to get married until she’s satisfied some erotic urges (her fiance wants to wait until they are married). This is of course the perfect scenario for Lola to spy on or accidentally witness the sexual peccadilloes of various respectable and not so respectable citizens of her village and become intrigued by her father/stepfather’s erotic philosophy.

Like Brass’ Miranda, Frivolous Lola is another explicit comic romp set in the Po’ Valley (his other films set in his home city of Venice are populated with more philosophizing and intellectual – but no less lusty – characters). As in the post – WWII set Miranda, Brass once again uses the song “Mambo Italiano” in another dance sequence. This time Brass makes a cameo in the opening and closing sequences as a band leader. With the exception of Patrick Mower’s excellent performance, this one plays better in Italian with subtitles as the English dubbing of Ammirati’s character is irritating.

DVDRip | XviD @1068kbps | 560 x 336 | 25fps | English Dub MP3 (CBR) | no sub | 107min | 842MB + 5%

FSo: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 |

FSe: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 |


DVDRip | MKV @1629kbps | 720 x 432 | 25fps | Italian 5.1 AC3 (448) | EN sub | 110min | 1,45GB + 5%

FSo: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 |

FSe: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 |


Eloisa Cianni

Eloisa Cianni: Eloisa Cianni (1932) was Miss Italia 1952 and Miss Europe 1953. In the following decade the beauty queen appeared in 15 Italian films, mostly as herself.

Eloisa Cianni
Italian postcard by Fotocelere, Torino. Offered by Davide Bedarida 'Lane per materassi stabilimento', Livorno.

Beauty Contest Craze
Eloisa Cianni was born as Aloisa Stukin in Rome, Italy in 1932. She got her Polish surname from her stepfather, who had married her mother. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s beauty contests were the craze, and in 1952 Eloisa was elected Miss Italy in Merano. She then became Miss Europe in 1953 in Istanbul in Turkey. One of the prizes was a secondary part in the Italian-French comedy-drama Villa Borghese/It Happened in the Park (1953, Vittorio de Sica, Gianni Franciolini) starring Gérard Philipe. It was an anthology film about a day in the Villa Borghese park in Rome, consisting of five episodes. Eloisa appeared in the final episode, Beauty Contest. IMDb reviewer Gerald A. Deluca (a.k.a. Italian Gerry) calls the episode ‘racy’: “Beauty Contest is a Felliniesque dissertation about two rival Roman street–prostitutes, who as they are about to be rounded up by the police, wind up at a Miss Cinema beauty contest taking place in the park. The younger of the women (Eloisa Cianni) eludes the police by going off with an older man in his car. The other and older one (Franca Valeri) is not so lucky and the episode and the film end as she is driven off in a police vehicle.”

Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren. Belgian postcard by Bromophoto, Brussels.

I Loved A Diva
Eloisa Cianni’s film debut lead to more minor appearances in such Italian productions as the Peppino De Filippo comedy Peppino e la nobile dama/Peppino and the noble lady (1954, Piero Ballerini), the Racconti romani/Roman Tales (1955, Gianni Franciolini) with Franco Fabrizi and Totò, and the comedy-drama Il segno di Venere/The Sign of Venus (1955, Dino Risi) starring Sophia Loren. During the second part of the 1950’s she continued to work in the cinema, but she usually played just herself. These later films included Ho amato una diva/I loved a diva (1957, Luigi De Marchi), the comedy Amore a prima vista/Love at First Sight (1958, Franco Rossi) starring Walter Chiari, another comedy Adorabili e bugiarde/Adorable and a Liar (1958, Nunzio Malasomma) with Isabelle Corey, and Amore e guai/Love and trouble (1958, Angelo Dorigo) with Marcello Mastroianni. Finally, after a last role in the comedy Le magnifiche sette/The magnificent seven (1961, Marino Girolami) she gave up her acting career. At the time of her retirement, she was not yet thirty.

Italian singer Wilma De Angelis performs La storia di un amore sbagliato (1968), combined with clips from Le magnifiche sette (1961). Source: fardoneat66 (YouTube).

Sources: Pavel ‘Argenson’ Vlach (CSFD)(Czech), Wikipedia (Italian), and IMDb.


Senso ’45 (2002)

Senso ’45 (2002):

Directed by Tinto Brass, Senso ’45 takes place during the waning period of Nazi occupation in Venice, and is based on an 1882 novella written by Camillo Boito. When a wealthy, politically connected older woman named Livia (Anna Galiena) develops a relationship with Helmut (Gabriel Garko), a rakish, opportunistic SS officer, both are sucked into a state of moral decline similar to that which the country itself has gone into since the occupation. Senso ’45 also features Franco Branciaroli, Antonio Salines, Loredana Cannata, Erika Savastani, and Simona Borioni.

March 1945 Asolo, Italy. Livia Mazzion, the attractive wife of a top ministry official, slips into the car of lawyer Ugo Oggiano, Livia’s admirer and her husband’s informer. Livia must reach Venice and her lover Helmut Schultz, a Wermacht lieutenant, as beautiful and accursed as a pagan god, with whom she is having a burning love affair. During the trip she relives the high points of her devastating sexual abandonment gone adrift, one that has shattered her life and her destiny, swallowing her up in the ruinous vortex of a sybaritic and bituminous Venice.

The city, in the throes of the final months of the war, is rife with traffickers, officials, nabobs, military brass, sharks and adventurers of every kind. Yet a surprise awaits Livia upon her arrival in Venice, a surprise in which the heroes’ own personal defeats interweave with those public, as historical and political events now seek to settle accounts.

DVD | MPEG-2 @9000kbps | 720 x 576 | 25 fps | IT AC3 2.0 | EN subs | 102 min | 7.91GB + 5%


Eve Arnold - Marylin Monroe

Eve Arnold - Marylin Monroe:

Eve Arnold died last wednesday. She was 99. Born in 1912, she met Marylin Monroe in the first years of the fifties and then a decade of photographic friendship resulted in some of the most moving, intimate and eternal pictures of the absolute idol of the the last century (and not sure she won't stay the ultimate idol of the occidental history). The last series, captured during the dramatic filming of The Misfits, is one of the most harrowing of the star's career. Here some of her most famous, erotic or touching shots of Marylin. Eve Arnold is the photograph that we see on the last picture.