Fernando Di Leo – Brucia, ragazzo, brucia AKA Burn, Boy, Burn (1969)

The film starts with a dream sequence, wide-angled lens deformed characters, where the main actress, named Clara, is running away from male pleasure and taking refuge on a female companion and once again running away sensing in the female a reciprocal attraction.

The themes of the movie are the emancipation of women and the female pleasure, the breakdown of the typical family and its hypocritical values, brought forward by the sexually liberated youths influenced by the sexual revolution initiated in the States.

The movie portrays two social settings; on one side the old conservative patriarchal bourgeois family where the madonna mother figure, enclosed in the domestic space, is denied marital sexual pleasure so that order and control can be maintained in place and on the other side the sexually emancipated, fully ‘completed’ younger generation that lives their sexuality in the open, ‘under the sun’.

The film is very stereotypical in the treatment of generational differences and it is divided into four age groups.
The first age group is represented by the eldest woman, who is present in the film but only begs to be there, she wants to participate in this sexual education by offering money in exchange for sex.

Followed by the sexually asleep middle class woman, ten years younger, portrayed devoid of passions and self contained, who is charmed into physical pleasure by the politicized body of a young and attractive bay watcher.

The third age group is the bay watcher, representative of the rebellious youths, constituted in a communality of shared hedonistic goals, who ‘contaminate people with freedom’.

Then, the daughter, the youngest representative of the age groups, who is too young to go through the practice of sexual education, she is initiated by a coetaneous boy, himself a representative of ‘Baby Power’, into loving and preferring a modern cartoon character, Snoopy and to forget and demystify Mickey Mouse.

Stylistically the film is full of close ups, unusual angles and very colorful images. Some very fast cuts are used to give the cinematic sense of the comical and fast music is added to accompany the sequences and enhance the comedy feel.

The title of the film, Burn Boy Burn, is a phase that was first chanted by rioters in the Watts of Los Angeles in 1965. It is reminiscent of the Black Panther Party and the Black Power movement.

1.20GB | 1h 17m | 720×416 | avi



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  1. your site continues on posting films that are not english-friendly… what is the point in it?

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