Bubù (1972)

4.0 out of 5

Based on the novel Bubu de Montparnasse this sort of a precursor to Giuliano Carnimeo's The Secrets of a Callgirl is a period drama makes wonderful use of locations around Milan to create a visual feast that at times seems to be inspired by the work of Renoir and in particular Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Ottavia Piccolo is incredible as Berta who is cajoled then bullied into prostitution by her manipulative boyfriend played by Antonio Falsi.

While the message from Sex Madness that syphilis is bad is repeated here this is not exploitation cinema. Instead it is a heartbreaking costume tale, one in which despite the interests of philanthropists Berta's destruction is as tragic as it is inevitable.

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