Senator Likes Women, The / All’Onorevole piacciono le donne (1972)

4.0 out of 5

Although Lucio Fulci was an emerging giallo maestro in 1972, his love of ribald humor spilled over the top in a gangster spoof he cowrote that year and a sex romp with the understated title of The Senator Likes Women. Sicilian comic Lando Buzzanca plays an ambitious politician with an uncontrollable urge to grab the posterior of every signorina in his path. Worse, he often can’t let go. What better therapy than to send this proto-Berlusconi to a retreat in a monastery—full of devout young nuns? The setup may hew too closely to Pasolini’s bawdy blasphemy The Decameron, made a year earlier, but it’s just as hilarious.

But the screwball antics are much more than a Booty Call Italian Style. In a sendup of Italy’s eternally fractious Parliament, the senator is a rising star of “the left-wing fringe of a right-wing movement in the centre party.” He’s spied on by the police, who are spied on by Secret Services, who are spied on by the Sicilian Mafia, who misread the situation as a coup d’état. Fulci’s cynicism is underlined with an inspired bit of casting that doubles as a visual joke: ogreish Lionel Stander, a corrupt cardinal in red satin finery, defames his office with every raunchy outburst.

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