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La bella e la bestia (1977)

Decameron-style collection of entertaining short stories with such diverse themes as nymphomania, bestiality, and masochism.


Luigi Russo




Credited cast:
Lisbeth Hummel ... The slavegirl (segment "La schiava") / Varvara (segment "Zooerastia")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Maria Bottini Anna Maria Bottini ... Giovanna's mother (segment "La promessa")
Piera Maria Caretto Piera Maria Caretto
Brunello Chiodetti Brunello Chiodetti
Massimo Cosentini Massimo Cosentini
Franca Gonella ... Giovanna (segment "La promessa") (as Francoise Gerardine)
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... The Prince (segment "Zooerastia")
Robert Hundar ... The Tsar (segment "La schiava")
Brigitte Petronio
Nicolò Piccolomini Nicolò Piccolomini
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There are 4 stories: 1) The Slave: A sex crazed queen subjects the king to some degradation for one day and pays with her life the next day. 2) Zoorastia: The wife of a king is imprisoned by him with only a horse and two large dogs for company, leading to sexual antics that drive her mad. 3) La Fustazione: A boy spies on his mother while she masturbates or copulates with her lover and discovers he enjoys the pain inflicted by his all too willing cousin. 4) The Promise: Giovanna, a very young and spotless bride, appreciates the caresses of the female dressmaker who is sewing the dress and disdain her future husband. She would like to be deflowered by her cousin, Eric. Her persistence will have the desired effect, but Eric takes her virginity in a different way, thus preserves the honor of her cousin.

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Decameron rip off

Four part Decameron rip off with beautiful music and some beastly direction. None of the segments are entirely satisfactory with most changing course halfway through and some almost coming to a halt but the music helps carry us through. First part concerns a slave girl and some role reversal reminiscent of Venus in Furs but far too crass and made up for only by fine nudity.Second part concerns animals and sex and starts predictably with a couple cavorting in a barn with the sound of horses in the background but does develop into a very strange piece with the naked heroine sharing a stark cell with some dogs and a horse. A promising section entitled, The Whipping is more about a fat old male teacher rapping boy's bloody knuckles which seems to create a desire for such activity combines with spying on his mother. The final part is the best and concerns a girl on her final day and night before her wedding. Rather good scene with her being fitted for her dress by an over keen seamstress that moves into a scene with the young woman seeking guidance from a young man she used to play doctors with as a child. Always good to look at and listen to with that lovely music, just a shame more attention could not have been given to having the short tales be more consistent and flow more smoothly.

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18 April 1977 (Italy) See more »

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