Renato Castellani, Marco Ferreri, Franco Rossi – Controsesso (1964)


The Italians continue their penchant for gang-directed features in this sexploitation comedy. Part one is entitled “Cocaine On Sunday” in which a husband (Nino Manfredi) and wife (Annamaria Ferrero) start snorting the stuff after the friend who owned the bottle is arrested. In part two, Ugo Tognazzi plays a professor who feels he is becoming too much like his elderly maiden aunts. In the final episode, a businesswoman agrees to meet a street musician, but he is frustrated when she is delayed by her vocational priorities. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide Continue reading

Renato Castellani – Due soldi di speranza AKA Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)


The film is the third in director Castellani’s “young love” trilogy (the first two being Sotto il sole di Roma and E Primavera). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart’s desire. Once he’s “hooked,” Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.

The movie shared the Grand Prix prize with the film Othello at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952. Continue reading