Virgin Wife, The / La moglie vergine (1975)

3.0 out of 5

It may well be coincidental that Edwige Fenech has a scene in a floral skirt and red top just as does Anna Ammirati in Monella but nevertheless that would not be the only similarity between the two features. It has to be wondered whether The Virgin Wife was, even up to a point, an influence upon Frivolous Lola.

Ray Lovelock, in Paul Calf mode, has married Edwige Fenech but sadly proves unable to consummate the union as he suffers a bout of erectile dysfunction, an idea itself that could have made for a flaccid comedy. Luckily the film was co-written by the writer of the genuinely funny Giovannona coscialunga, disonorata con onore. So the film is anything but limp.

Direction and writing duties fall to Marino Girolami, who was responsible for Zombie Holocaust, as his next project after Lover Boy with which this film shares a keep it in the family theme. In this case an Oedipus complex.

While the scenes of seduction of Lovelock and his failure to perform are repetitive it does allow for some sexy scenes for Edwige but it is to cheeky uncle Renzo Montagnani that the funniest lines go. Carroll Baker also stars in this solid farce that manages to rise to the occasion.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics