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How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973)

Sessomatto (original title)
Exploring love, sex and marriage in contemporary mid-'70s Italy.

Director:

Dino Risi
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Cast overview:
Laura Antonelli ... Madame Juliette ('Signora sono le 8') / Celestina ('Due cuori e una baracca') / Enrico's Wife ('Non è mai troppo tardi') / Grazia ('Viaggio di nozze') / Tamara ('Torna piccina mia') / The Nun ('Lavoratore italiano all'estero') / Donna Mimma Maccò ('La vendetta') / Tiziana ('L'ospite')
Giancarlo Giannini ... Domenico ('Signora sono le 8') / Cesaretto ('Due cuori e una baracca') / Enrico ('Non è mai troppo tardi') / Lello ('Viaggio di nozze') / Giansiro ('Torna piccina mia') / The Donor ('Lavoratore italiano all'estero') / Michele Maccò ('La vendetta') / Saturnino ('Un amore difficile') / Dottor Bianchi ('L'ospite')
Alberto Lionello ... Gilda / Cosimo ("Un amore difficile")
Duilio Del Prete ... Vittorio / ('L'ospite')
Paola Borboni ... Esperia / ('Non è mai troppo tardi')
Carla Mancini ... Rosario / Maid - ('L'ospite')
Lino Puglisi Lino Puglisi ... Don Alvaro Macaluso / ('La vendetta')
Cinzia Romanazzi Cinzia Romanazzi ... Grazia's Friend / ('Viaggio di nozze')
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Grazia's Mother / ('Viaggio di nozze')
Pippo Starnazza Pippo Starnazza ... Peppino / Gardener - ('Un amore difficile')
Patrizia Mauro Patrizia Mauro
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
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There are nine segments in this softcore. **** Segment 1 (10') - Signora, sono le otto (Madame, it's eight o'clock): Domenico, a male servant does not know how to wake up the landlady, Madame Julitte and takes advantage of the situation to make love with her. **** Segment 2 (5.30') - Due cuori e una baracca (Two Hearts and a Shack): The poor couple suspects of betraying each other and therefore, every time he comes home, they hit each other. Then in a short time they reconcile and make love, excited by the quarrel and the beatings. **** Segment 3 (7.30') - Non è mai troppo tardi (It's never too late): Enrico, a lawyer married to a beautiful young woman, actually has a gerontophilia passion for women who are over seventy and craves one in particular, Esperia. After a tight courtship he manages to conquer her and make love with her; shortly thereafter, however, Esperia notes that he enters her house when she is not there, and suspects that he is actually interested in the young maid, ...

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Giancarlo Giannini, star of "Swept Away", plays 8 beauties See more »

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The "Torna Piccina Mia/My Piccina Returns" segment is missing from the Simitar Entertainment VHS. See more »

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Enthusiasts film and acting should watch this
25 July 2019 | by mrnunleygoSee all my reviews

Sessomatto ("Sex Madness," but released in English as "How Funny Can Sex Be?") is comprised of a series of eight comic sketches, each on average 10-15 minutes long, all having to do with sex, and all featuring two of the giants of Italian cinema in the 1970s, Giancarlo Giannini and Laura Antonelli. The sex in the movie is pretty tame by 21st century standards, and much of its humor comes from things that would have been shocking in the 1970s but aren't any more, a lot of that humor having been diluted over time. However, what interested me most was the sharp contrast between the acting styles of the two talented leads. Giannini is consistently cartoonishly exaggerated, following in the tradition of many great comedians, from Chaplin to the Marx Brothers to Jerry Lewis to Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Carrey, and Jackie Chan. Antonelli, on the other hand, takes a completely opposite tack bu trying to ealistically portray how someone might actually act if caught in a ridiculous situation. This follows the style of equally wonderful comic actors like Carole Lombard, Jimmy Stewart, Bill Murray, Julia Roberts, and Will Smith. Antonelli is also one of the finest examples of how to act with just one's eyes. I rated this based on how most audiences will see it, which is as mildly amusing and mildly sexy. But for those with a special interest in comedy acting, I would rate it much higher: maybe even a 10.


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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1973 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.85 : 1
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