Monella (1998 Italy)

The uncut and uncensored Italian version of Frivolous Lola (if you prefer it in English) was another classic Tinto Brass soft-core erotic comedic-drama that possessed a light-heartedness that only Brass can achieve so effortlessly. Grubby and tedious as this all is, there is a certain panache in the way it has been constructed. It looks beautiful, like the scenes set in Sicily in The Godfather, it has that same woozy, sultry sensibility. A veneer of quality that the film may not deserve, like a Caravaggio painting with a cock crudely drawn on it. If the best scene in a film is a woman urinating in the rain, should it be considered a failure? Not really. NSFW… [Read more…]

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Maleficarum (2011 Bolivia)

Here we slip into one man’s trash maybe another man’s pleasure territory. I’ll try (and fail) to be respectable for this one…The technical quality of the cinematography, and the authenticity of the sets and costumes gives this film a definite sense of “big budget theatrical release,” which is completely unexpected for a product in this genre. Particularly one made on a stated budget of only $105,000.The name of the film is an obvious reference to The Malleus Maleficarum, also known as the witches’ hammer – which is a guide on how to prosecute witches. It was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer, a German Catholic clergyman, and it describes the process of how to interrogate and extract a confession from a witch, its proposed methods include horrible and savage tortures in order to get a confession. [Read more…]

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