Innocence and Desire / Innocenza e turbamento (1974)

3.0 out of 5

Massimo Dallamano, before his death in 1976, excelled as a director in pretty much every genre he engaged with. He would, in the course of little over a decade, work as cinematographer on the excellent Leonne westerns A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More before going on to helm such gems as Devil in the Flesh, What Have You Done to Solange? and Dorian Gray. Here, however, he enters the disreputable milieu of the sexy Commedia All' Italiana.

With a premise not unlike that of the painfully creepy Lover Boy Dallamano manages to lend Innocenza e turbamento a certain touch of sweetness and style that is often lacking somewhat among the whole Sins Within the Family type film. As a result, the film feels closer, in quality, to the wonderful Malizia.

A typecast Edwige Fenech gets to take her clothes off as a seductive stepmum while veteran Eurocrime favourite Vittorio Caprioli is cuckolded. Lionel Stander supports as a sex mad grandfather. However, it is neophyte Roberto Cenci who is the real revelation in this. He is great as an Oedipal seminarian.

Fans of Tinto Brass comedies would probably find much to like in this.

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