An absolute gem of international erotic cinema
A battle of sensuality between Laura Antonelli and Monica Guerritore, from an exquisitely refined master of cinematography
With exquisite refinement, Mauro Bolognini brings to the screen a handwritten 16th century play by an unknown author that was discovered less than a century ago in the Marciana Library of Venice. The director makes the original text his own, as he bewitches our senses with an elegant reconstruction of the carnival atmosphere in the city on the lagoon. But what shines through more than anything, is the absolute beauty of the two female leads: Laura Antonelli and Monica Guerritore, the “mature lady” and the younger rival, sculpted by the wonderful cinematography of Beppe Lanci, making the film a gem of international erotic cinema. It is a joyfully licentious work, that never gives into vulgarity. With a score by Ennio Morricone.
Venice in the 16th century. During carnival, a widow and a young bride from high society vie for the favours of a handsome foreigner.