Blonde in Black Leather / Qui comincia l'avventura (1976)

2.5 out of 5

Harmless and silly, seldom hilarious, Blonde in Black Leather is a road movie comedy that succeeds in winning over an audience on the strength of the charms of the delightful pairing of Monica Vitti and Claudia Cardinale under the direction of Carlo Di Palma, a man better known as a cinematographer. Each shot is well thought out and seems to be selected and composed to provide the most interesting backdrops to the lead pairing as they interact on remote bridges, in pleasant valleys, on beaches, before sunsets and in an illuminated creepy forest. It all looks nice, is paced well and even moments of slapstick are used sparingly enough to be forgivable.

Guido Leontini, henchman extraordinaire, appears briefly while Riz Ortolani provides a quirky genre compatible soundtrack.

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