Gianfranco Mingozzi

Gianfranco Mingozzi – Flavia, la monaca musulmana AKA Flavia, The Heretic (1974)

After a cult besieges her convent, a young nun goes with an army of Muslims to destroy the convent and kill who wronged her.

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★★★½ Rewatched by Ian West 06 Apr 2021

Nasty little italiano revenge jam—complete with my girl Florinda Bolkan, all the nunsploitation tropes you’d want, and a feminist message. Not as stylized as some other sub genre offerings… but nevertheless, Flavia the Heretic is up there with The Devils, Alucarda, The Transgressor, and Satanico Pandemonium as far as my favorite crazy nun movies go. Read More »

Gianfranco Mingozzi – Il frullo del passero AKA The Sparrow’s Fluttering (1988)

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Young and beautiful Silvana (Ornella Muti) has reached an impasse in her life after the
death of her lover. She is approached by a friend of the deceased, Gabriele (Philippe
Noiret), who proposes to keep her in luxury at his manor house, as long as she will keep
him company and listen to his stories of past love affairs. Initially, Silvana is not attracted
to the older man, and only reluctantly, and in stages, accepts his strange offer. What
follows is a very different tale of seduction and awakening for Silvana, as Gabriele’s tales
impress themselves upon her, and even in a way enter her own life. As much of the film
rests on the verbal stories that Gabriele tell Silvana, a real understanding and
appreciation of the film is of course not possible (for me personally) without an English
translation of the dialogue. However, Muti and Noiret are wonderful to watch, and the film
as such looks good (as photographed by Luigi Verga). Read More »

Gianfranco Mingozzi – L’iniziazione AKA Les exploits d’un jeune Don Juan (1986)

Roger is a 16-year-old who seeks to lose his virginity in this softcore erotic drama. His initial efforts are unsuccessful, but World War I breaks out and men are seen marching off to battle. Roger goes overboard when he is presented with several amorous opportunities. Read More »