Naughty Nun / La bella Antonia, prima Monica e poi Dimonia (1972)

2.5 out of 5

Despite assured direction from Mariano Laurenti, this unfocused Pasolini inspired Decamerotic ribaldry falls more than a little flat. Viewers would probably expect far more from the writer of the excellent, and superior, Giovannona Long-Thigh! Indeed, this is a disappointingly average comedy that tends to stray far too close to a weak, unfunny, sub-Carry On childishness.

However, there are positives. Because, for its flaws, Naughty Nun is nevertheless blessed with delightful costuming, a quirky and fun score, and a period-appropriate location of Gubbio, Perugia. It is incredibly easy on the eye. As, incidentally, is the delightful, disrobing, and ever professional top-billed Edwige Fenech. Yet, on this occasion, a nork-show is simply not enough to save the day.

Even cult favourites, Malisa Longo and Lucretia Love from The Devil Has 7 Faces, fail to put the boosters under this tepid attempt at funny.

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