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In 1974, when Lurlo was finally cleared and released to critical accolades, Brass began negotiations to collaborate with Lurlos star, Gigi Proietti, on a film called Punch, which was based on the Punch-and-Judy shows. This never got off the ground. But in 1976 Proietti appeared in a gigantic theatre for a one-man show called A me gli occhi, written by Brasss frequent collaborator Roberto Lerici. Fortunately some producer was foresighted enough to film the event, and a friend of mine taped it when it played on Italian television. He sent me the tape, and my jaw dropped toward the end of the program when I saw Proietti put on puppet-like make-up, squeeze into a Punch-and-Judy stage, and do a solo show as Punch.
Here is the reference:
Variety (28 August 1974), p. 30:
Luigi Proietti is set for male lead in Punchmarking re-emergence of helmer Giovanni Tinto Brass.
Theres more beginning in 1977, when Brass tried to revive this project with Malcolm McDowell in the lead.
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