Miranda (1985)

4.0 out of 5

Miranda, her husband missing in action, runs a hotel and tavern and is a strong, independently minded, sexually confident woman who has the measure of her numerous suitors. Until she is content that she has found the right man for marriage material she is happy to try out various options and enjoy the fruits of sexual liberation.

The film, a Tinto Brass sex comedy, is set in the immediate aftermath of the second world war and it presents an Italian rural idyll as a slideshow of almost picture postcard images representing the seasons of a year as winter snow gives way to spring flowers in bloom and hazy lazy summer sun casts long evening shadows upon cornfields.

Brass cinematic trademark fetishes are present as the camera explores the gorgeous Serena Grandi as the eponymous Miranda.

Co starring Andrea Occhipinti, star of Lucio Fulci's Conquest, this is a nostalgic and at times sentimental film from Brass and the setting adds a classy touch of romance to the whole affair. It's all pretty sweet.

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