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|WIFE FOR A NIGHT (MOGLIE PER UNA NOTTE) (director/writer: Mario Camerini; screenwriters: Franco Brusati/Paolo Levi/ from the play "L'Ora della Fantasia" by Anna Bonacci; cinematographer: Aldo Giordani; editor: Adriana Novelli; music: Alessandro Cicognini; cast: Gino Cervi (Count D'Origo), Gina Lollobrigida (Ottavia), Nadia Gray (Geraldine), Armando Francioli (Enrico Belli), Paolo Stoppa (Agusto), Galeazzo Benti (Maurizio), Paolo Panelli (Gualteri), Eugenia Tavani (Grand Duchess), Nietta Zocchi (Yvonne), Marisa Pintus (Bettaldi), Silvio Bagolini (Silvio); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Angelo Rizzoli; Ivy Video; 1952-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
comedy of errors period film."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
This upbeat lightweight comedy of errors period film never did anything for me, except it was good seeing Gina Lollobrigida in an early role before she gained international fame. It was remade in a darker light by Billy Wilder as "Kiss Me Stupid" (1964). Italian film director Mario Camerini ("Ulysses"/"The Captain's Daughter"/"Run With The Devil") has some fun playing around with the film's emotional themes of love, jealousy and adultery. It's based on the play "L'Ora della Fantasia" by Anna Bonacci and is written by Franco Brusati and Paolo Levi.
In the 18th century,
country outside Parma, the married lecherous Count D'Origo (Gino Cervi) while traveling
over a country road, on official government business,
falls for the
evasive sexy courtesan Geraldine
doesn't realize that
she's the famous courtesan Geraldine. She uses her
guile to run away
from him in her carriage. When the horny Count D'Origo, free
for the next
three days from his ugly wife the Grand Duchess (Eugenia
up in the house
of cunning village mayor, Agusto (Paolo Stoppa),
asking only to find the hottie he met on the road, the
mayor decides to
take advantage of the situation in order to help his
Enrico (Armando Francioli), a struggling composer of
convinces Enrico to enact a charade that could lead to
the Count's patronage. The ruse has the willing
playing the part of Enrico's wife Ottavia (Gina
Lollobrigida) for one night, and she will use her
tricks of the trade
to seduce the Count and get him to sponsor Enrico's
opera. But the plan
backfires when Enrico falls for the courtesan and in a
kicks the Count out when he makes sexual advances.
dowdy virtuous housewife Ottavia
staying at loose-living Geraldine's house and is given a makeover by
wardrobe mistress (Nietta Zocchi), and
now looks foxy. But when the
horny Count suddenly shows up, Ottavia has to contend with him courting her seriously
when he mistakes
her for the worldly Geraldine
The farce asks if wifey
faithful to her disappointing hubby or will she
advance hubby's musical
career by using her newly acquired feminine charms to
sex-starved count. Since this is a harmless film with
no bite, the
predictable outcome is a safe one that leaves everyone
beleaguered Count getting what they want.
REVIEWED ON 2/4/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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