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Come Play with Me (1968)

Grazie zia (original title)
Young Alvise's body is paralyzed, or at least he thinks so. He is infatuated by his beautiful aunt Lea. What starts as innocent therapy and care soon develops into strange erotic and psychological battle between them.


Salvatore Samperi


Salvatore Samperi (story) (as S. Samperi), Salvatore Samperi (as S. Samperi) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Lisa Gastoni ... Lea / Alvise's Aunt
Lou Castel ... Alvise
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Stefano / Lea's lover
Luisa De Santis ... Nicoletta / the singer
Massimo Sarchielli ... Massimo
Nicoletta Rizzi Nicoletta Rizzi ... Alvise's father's secretary of
Anita Cacciolati Anita Cacciolati ... Barbara (as Anita Dreyer)


Young Alvise, the only heir of a wealthy industrialist thinks he is paralyzed. He receives treatment for his psychological problem. His father leaves him for a few days in the care of Lea, Alvise's mother's sister. She is a beautiful psychiatrist and tries to heal him her psychopathic, impotent nephew. Alvise becomes infatuated with her and she also reciprocates gradually. She breaks off her relationship with Stefano to be with her nephew. Alvise promises to make love to Lea if she plays with him and beats him at any of the games. She is intelligent, youthful, full of style and charm, becomes a toy in the hands of the boy and indulges in the murky game. They play a number of games leading to the ultimate game of euthanasia. Written by lament

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A woman and a boy find a way to inflict pleasure upon another!


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Release Date:

9 July 1968 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Gracias tía See more »

Filming Locations:

Padua, Veneto, Italy

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Production Co:

Doria Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Farewell to the Summer Light (1968) See more »


Guerra e pace, Pollo e brace
Written by Audrey Nohra (as Audrey Stainton Nohra) and Ennio Morricone
Chorus of treble voices by Renata Cortiglioni
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GRAZIE, ZIA (Salvatore Samperi, 1968) **1/2
22 November 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Samperi's directorial debut is also the first film of his I've watched and it seems that his other films - culminating in MALIZIA (1973), which made an international star of Laura Antonelli - are more or less along the same art-house erotica lines with the added benefit of having, at least initially, a decent array of international performers appearing in them. Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s yielded several obscure gems and, while this is certainly not one of its shining examples, it is intriguing enough to warrant at least one viewing.

Leading man Lou Castel, repeating his brooding, handicapped hero act from Marco Bellocchio's FIST IN HIS POCKET (1965), is an ungrateful, mischievous, wheelchair-bound teenager who is hopelessly infatuated with his sensual aunt Lisa Gastoni, much to the chagrin of her journalist fiancée Gabriele Ferzetti. The three actors acquit themselves well enough under the circumstances given that the material is rather too thin (and, in hindsight, rather pretentious and not terribly compelling either) to sustain even a moderately long film such as this one. Still, the film's depiction of the tragic downward spiral their lives take once the two relatives give in to their baser instincts makes for some powerful if mildly titillating footage. The ubiquitous Ennio Morricone contributes yet another typically quirky and effective score which, given the film's adult theme, ironically relies much on children's vocals.

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