Sunday, 17 September 2017

Boccaccio '70


Tales of women (Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider) by Italy's leading filmmakers. Stories include The Raffle, The Job and The Temptation of Dr. Antonio. Directed by Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. Based on an idea by Cesare Zavattini, Boccaccio ‘70 is an anthology of four episodes, each by one of the directors, all about a different aspect of morality and love in modern times, in the style of Boccaccio.

Part one was replaced for audiences outside of Italy and I didn't enjoy it so I have not included that one.

In Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio (The Temptation of Dr Antonio), an elderly citizen is fed up with too much immorality in the form of indecent content in print. His anger knows no bounds when a provocative billboard of Anita Ekberg advertising "Drink more milk" is put up in a park near his residence. Little does he know how that billboard will go on to change his life. Throughout the film, children are heard singing the jingle "Bevete più latte, bevete più latte!" ("Drink more milk!") The image begins to haunt him with hallucinations in which she appears as a temptress and Dr. Antonio as St. George to spear the dragon – he is pursued and captured by the buxom Swedish star in a deserted Rome and at one point, his umbrella falls between her breasts.

Anita Ekberg & Federico Fellini by Elio Sorci, Boccaccio '70, Rome, 1961

Anita Ekberg & Federico Fellini

Anita Ekberg on the set of Boccaccio 70 by Marcello Geppetti

Federico Fellini supervises a poster of Anita Ekberg being hung (for the film Boccaccio 70)

For me, Romy Schneider stole the show...

La Fiancée de la Nuit: based on Guy de Maupassant, Romy Schneider plays a count's wife, the daughter of a rich German oligarch

Il lavoro (The Job) is about an aristocratic couple coming to terms with life and marriage after the domineering husband is caught visiting prostitutes by the press. Stars Romy Schneider and Tomas Milian


Mademoiselle Coco taught Romy Schneider how to be the most elegant figure in the early 60's. Visconti and Chanel, who made all of her clothes, created the miracle

Director Luchino Visconti with Romy Schneider

In La riffa (The Raffle), a timid lottery winner is entitled to one night with the attractive Zoe (Sophia Loren). Zoe, however, has other plans.

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