A scathing and entertaining film with a sprinkle of eroticism
Lando Buzzanca, the perfect scoundrel, as an object of adoration for sensual beggars
Lando Buzzanca appears the perfect choice for a role such as this: the slightly fraudulent sort, but in the end not all that bad; an opportunist, but not contemptibly so; and always ready to take advantage of the graces occasionally offered to him by beautiful maidens. This time the farce is set in the gullible environments of the deep countryside (the film was shot around Frosinone), pitting various types of holy men and healers against each other (one of whom is Gianni Cavina). As often happens in these Italian grotesque comedies, the entire plot revolves around sex: a series of generously proportioned young female stars are on show, all of whom can’t wait for the chance to overcome any obstacles preventing them from satisfying their carnal desires. With all due respect for their husbands and the prevailing hypocrisy, naturally. Many fans will be in awe of the various beggars who prostrate themselves before the altar of Buzzanca, and in particular the beautiful form of Orchidea De Santis. Rude without being crude, and scripted with care so as not to end up a simple series of thrown together sketches, San Pasquale Babylonne is a scathing and entertaining film with a large sprinkle of eroticism.
A conman arrives at a small mountain village in Central Italy and pretends to be an intermediary to a saint credited with the power of being able to solve women’s romantic issues: in reality, it’s a way to get women into bed and earn some money. But his gifts are contested by his competitor, the wizard of Bagnacavallo, and the parish priest.
In a remote village, a man pretends to have magical powers to get local women into bed. He is unmasked by the parish priest and forced to publically apologise.