8 sept. 2013

Dimenticare Venezia, when Ingmar Bergman met gay Italians

Oscar Nominee, Franco Brusati's  (Bread and Chocolate) Dimenticare Venezia is a powerful drama about a strange family reunited in a villa near Venice, the city they want to visit but never is seen on film.
A Swedish actor (Erland Josephson), flashbacks and memories like in Wild Straberries, the golden colors of the cinematography, all recall to Ingmar Bergman. But with a big difference, sexual orientation.
This film was banned to minor of 18 years old (as we can see on the Italian film poster), now, Berlusconi's company Medusa has released the film on DVD and changed the Age, it's banned to minor of 14 years old: may be it's too queer for Italian homophobics, I don't know. May be it's what Putin will call "gay propaganda".

Mariangela Melato offers the only nude scene of her I know.

Mariangela Melato is a lesbian, she is love with the pretty and blonde Eleonora Giorgi

Male nudity in the Oscars finale ! It was 1979, imagine now.

Yes, we've got a male gay couple. Two gay couples in a film ! 

 Even the young gay tries something with the lesbian 

But remember, it's a very Bergman picture, it's not John Waters.

Older gay man memories: a trip to his childhood, we know his best friend (red hair), his first love.  They talk about masturbation, nudity in art (there were no porn in the past), even he smells his friend's costume. Too much queer for Italians.

The hate to the parents, a lesbian flashback

Mariangela Melato's mother is also played by her in other flashback

In a restaurant, in a forest, we discover the old friend, a father now.

Un amore a Roma, Dino Risi's unknown masterpiece

Roma in 1959 - 1960, black and white, Jet Set in the city, a moneyless Count with intellectual interests (a writer wannabe) finds a cat in a Roma street, and meets a blond. No, it's not La dolce vita 

Dino Risi filmed a  bitter love (and sex attraction) story, a man with three beautiful women: his ex rich girlfriend (Elsa Martinelli), another rich girl (Maria Pershy) and a poor Cinecittà starlette with no talent except for making love.

Alberto Moravia esprit of being empty and bored is not so far (La noia). In a superficial (but beautiful) society, don't call it  love, named it sex. I wish I could live in that gorgeous late 50's Rome.

Mylène Demongeot has got the main role, a late 50's girl alla Brigitte Bardot, open to love, open to sex. Where are you from? the Count asks, I am from Veneto, cannot you notice that ? she replays. (That northern reference is the excuse for our heroin being so, so blonde).

peplum at Cinecittà, Vittorio de Sica is the film director
Elsa Martinelli appears in only 4 sequences (3 nights, wearing always a little black dress, and one during daylight:

love break out at Piazza Spagna

Maria Pershy looks very good, she reminds me to Virna Lisi in the film
la Perschy
 Piazza Navona, the square where Dino Risi filmed his trilogy Poveri ma belli 

A trip to shoot in Capri, with the hot blond Jacques Sernas:

Bed troubles.

Blond French Lithuanian Sernas, more than Italian (and US) peplums

He even worked in Spain in a Spanish film, starred by Anna Maria Ferrero, both are dubbed.

Jacques Sernas & Ana Maria Ferrero

All with Rosanna Podestà

with Brigitte Bardot

at Cannes

with Shelley Winters

con Carla del Poggio