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Summer Night

(Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico)
Italy 1986. Dir: Lina Wertmüller. 98 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! Wertmüller returned to form in the mid-1980s with this bawdy, completely-brazen battle-of-the-sexes comedy, which revisits, in high-camp fashion, the same contentious terrain as her 1974 smash Swept Away. As in that steamy two-hander, the politics of class and gender are explored — and exploded! — by way of a rich, capitalist blonde (Mariangela Melato, reuniting with Wertmüller for the first time since Swept Away) and a hunky, bearded proletarian (Michele Placido) cut off from society on an exotic Mediterranean isle. This time round, Melato is a bronzed business tycoon who, with the help of a cycloptic secret agent, kidnaps and holds captive a notorious Sicilian extortionist. When the libidinous, leather-strapped prisoner demands sexual services — less he be denied his basic male needs — she hires prostitutes, then offers herself. “It's terrific to see Wertmüller back in control ... The heat is on!” (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times).


NUDITY; SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENES; COARSE LANGUAGE
PERSONS UNDER 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT