My Sister in Law / La pretora (1976)

3.0 out of 5

In the 1970s it seems that Lucio Fulci really had his finger on the pulse and able to read the mood of the times. As with his giallo earlier in the decade La pretora was perfectly timed to the wave of sex comedies that were being made in Italy. He also here got to direct one of the great stars of this film wave, the beautiful Edwige Fenech.

In La pretora Edwige portrays a conservative and puritanical lady magistrate and her floozy twin sister. This makes for comedy of mistaken identity in the style of farce along with a tale of blackmail and corruption.

As with The Eroticist the movie's humour is used to make some serious points as it calls the establishment on it's corruption and hypocrisy as we meet censors who love pornography in a world where bribes grease the wheels of the judicial machine.

La pretora is a pretty sweet film with a comedy that hits the mark more than it misses. It is also pretty sexy. The film includes a scene where Edwige Fenech is posing for some Snow White themed dwarf sex stills for an adult comic. Priceless.

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