Tinto Brass... in London!
from London, UK
, 13 Jan 2005
You either love Tinto Brass for his cheesy OTT softcore porn, or you think it's a pile of poo. Friends of mine are obsessed with the works of this Italian master of exotica, I still need to see some more until I'm completely convinced however.
This is quite typical Brass... plenty of close-ups on female bottoms, plenty of unshaven bits.... but if it weren't for the fact that you see the Millennium Dome in all its glory, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was one of his films from the early 80s! It's so old-fashioned it's hilarious. Unusually for Brass, there is also some Lesbian love-interest in this film as well.
The best thing about this film is the complete and utter disregard for London's geography. Carla (Yuliya Mayarchuk) visits Moira's estate agent in Westferry (east London), and asks to rent a flat within a few minutes walk from Hyde Park (which is of course full of voyeurs, exhibitionists, and men with bowler hats). She recommends Surrey Docks (lol which is miles away from Hyde Park, but after all, Moira is an estate agent!) But when they go there, it overlooks the Millennium Dome, which is impossible (they're far too far apart). Then when Carla tells her boyfriend the address, it's Dock Street, London NW11 or something quite bizarre like that! Of course, this will mean nothing to a non-Londoner, but Londoners will crack up with this.
There are some other pretty hilarious moments, that you find it hard to know to what extent Brass is being tongue in cheek or whether he is being serious. The funniest bit of dialogue is when Carla asks Moira's ex-husband whether it's true that English men do not perform oral sex on women. I won't spoil it for you... this is a classic line leaving you confused, bemused and in hysterics.
Another great scene that leaves you going 'Whaaaaat??!' is one in which Carla's drip of a boyfriend arrives from Venice. We know he lives in an amazing flat in Venice overlooking some amazing domed cathedral. When he arrives at the riverside flat in NW11 (!) and sees the spectacle of the Millennium Dome, the boyfriend is amazed at the beautiful view. Now I'm sorry, I love London to bits but I know which dome I'd prefer to see out of my window. Is Brass being tongue-in-cheek here? Who knows!
Finally, a comment about the dubbing. Unfortunately, you cannot choose to see this film in the original Italian with subtitles. Normally I would say this is a very negative point. But I won't. The dubbing is so poor that it actually adds to the whole bizarreness of this little movie.
This is a film to get out when your mates are coming over and you've all had a bit too much and are a bit high. It's be the funniest couple 90 minutes you've spent in a long time. Enjoy! But don't expect to be needing to reach for the kleenex just yet. This is recommendable because of its weirdness, not because of its erotica.
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