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Enzo Milioni – La sorella di Ursula AKA Curse of Ursula AKA The Sister of Ursula (1978)

Ursula Beyne and her sister Dagmar are two Austrian women on a trip through Italy to find their mother who abandoned them as children, so that they can give her news of their father’s recent passing. Ursula has really taken the news of her father’s passing to heart and is reeling from the loss. So much that she has even developed slight psychic intuition. The two sisters wind up at an incredibly fancy hotel that is run by a man named Roberto Delleri, who is in the process of his own internal power dispute with his wife. Read More »

Federico Fellini – I Clowns (1971)

SYNOPSIS
The Clowns is part drama, part fantasy, part pseudo-documentary, and all about the mind of Federico Fellini. Even only having gathered bits along the way, I am aware of Fellini’s penchant for clowns, circuses, grotesqueries, and the absurd. The Clowns is his way of exploring this one corner of his mind and why clowns and the circus had such a great hold on people in the 20th century. This is a phenomenon which saw its greatest heights in the 20th century, after all, the art of clowning is less admired now than it once was. Read More »

Tinto Brass – Miranda (1985)

Miranda is a beautiful woman who runs a local tavern. After the loss of her husband in WWII, she tries out a variety of men. Over the course of four seasons she meets four men: in Winter the rich old council; in Spring there is the young chauffeur; in Summer the American G.I.; and in Autumn, the servant of the Tavern. Now she has to make a decision, who would be the best lover as well husband. Read More »

Lucio Marcaccini – Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire AKA Hallucination Strip (1975)

Lucio Marcaccini’s only film, Hallucination Strip is a psychedelic trip with a social commentary. Bud Cort, in his debut performance, plays Massimo Monaldi, a student involved in political protests and juvenile delinquency. When Massimo steals a valuable tobacco box, he quickly becomes tangled in a dangerous web between the police and the mafia. Culminating in an extended and elaborately choreographed party sequence, underscored with an excellent soundtrack by Albert Verrecchia, Hallucination Strip excels with it’s not-so-subtle mix of sex, drugs, religion, politics and corruption. Read More »

Tinto Brass – Fermo posta Tinto Brass AKA P.O. Box Tinto Brass (1995)

This film is a series of letters, photos and video cassettes which women often send in to certain newspapers. By visualizing their story-telling (the name given by the psychologists to their fantasies) the film portrays the confessions, the secret longings, the adventures, recollections, dreams, desires and fantasies of these women. It is an open secret that most women dream of forbidden affairs, secret lovers and hasty encounters but when it comes down to it they lack the courage to pursue their dreams. Read More »

Luigi Magni – In nome del papa re AKA In the Name of the Pope King (1977)

In 1867, with Garibaldi’s forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves’ barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years’ before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth’s release, hides him, and then engages in doomed battles of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to free the other two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith? Read More »

Harald Philipp – Blonde Köder für den Mörder AKA The Blonde Connection AKA Death Knocks Twice (1969)

Synopsis:
While looking for a stolen diamond necklace,the private investigator Bob Martin uncovers a smart serial killer.

Review:
DEATH KNOCKS TWICE is an excellent vehicle for both leading man Dean Reed (in this film he reminds me of a cross between James Franciscus, Tab Hunter, and the pre-burnout Jan-Michael Vincent), who plays a detective out to solve a murder and robbery while stumbling across other corrupt activities, and for leading hunk Fabio Testi, who opens the film with a semi-nude outdoor love scene and seems to play half the film without his shirt on. Read More »