(Image taken from Tintos web site, and I hope I dont get in trouble for using it here) Ziva lisola che non cè
(Ziva Never-Never Land)
All I know is what I read on the Internet, especially at Tintos site: http://www.tintobrass.to/news.htm and http://www.tintobrass.to/film/ziva/ZIVA_ING.pdf. It has yet to be made. If youre rich and you want to fund it, youll earn a handsome profit, guaranteed! Go for it!
If this is the sort of movie you like, then for heavens sake dont pay any attention to me. Go out, enjoy it, have fun. I do not wish to rain on your parade.
This is not the sort of movie I enjoy, though, not at all. Rather than gripe, what if I look for the positive qualities? One positive quality is that the movie got made and shown, despite the absence of commercial sponsorship. It is an independent production by Louis Nero, Francos son, done on something like no budget though it still looks slick and professional. Another positive quality is the cast, which is almost a reunion of sorts: Franco Nero (from Tintos earlier movies Dropout and La vacanza), Philippe Leroy (from Tintos earlier Yankee), and Corin Redgrave (from Tintos earlier La vacanza). Then, of course, theres Tinto himself. Best of all, though, is Faye Dunaway, who in real life has infinite enthusiasm for EVERYTHING (I heard her give a presentation once and I was completely enchanted; unfortunately I had to dash away right afterwards and so there was no time for me to introduce myself oh well, next time...), and she has the most magical rôle which is all too brief. Shes dubbed but so beautifully dubbed that youll actually prefer it that way. A third wonderful quality is the off-kilter English subtitling. For instance, when Tinto, playing an absurd caricature of himself, castigates the young protagonist for not emphasizing tette e culi in his proposed movie, the subtitles render that phrase as boots and boops. And I wouldnt have it any other way. The title music is by Luis Bacalov, who did such a wonderful job on La città delle donne back in 1979. Despite those good qualities, though, I found it painful to get through this dreary, self-absorbed, life-sapping dreck. Well, thats just me. Some people really like this movie, and if youre one of them, you can fantasize about telling me to shut up.
Rather hard to find, as it doesnt seem to be sold in stores or online except through the occasional eBay copy, which might be its only marketing tool. Its Region 2 PAL and so it wont play on most US/Canadian equipment.
Frame grabs from the preview:
The New Maid
I could tell such fun stories about this because I know some of the people involved and they told me such fun stories about this, but I better keep quiet because I dont want to steal their thunder. This movie has yet to be completed. When finished, it will be four episodes, each by a different director. I have only seen Tintos episode, Kick the Cock, which is really quite funny and despite being strongly influenced by the rudest Internet-porn, its really too silly to be offensive and ends up being quite innocuous. It got nonstop chuckles when I attended a screening. It runs about half an hour and it will eventually open the anthology feature. Heres a clip.
|...and there are more in the works....|
...that I really dont think I should talk about quite yet.
|...well... Ill talk about one...|
...now that its finally out in the open. Last summer, maybe around June or July, I heard the top-secret news that Tinto had found a producer or a producer had found Tinto (Im not sure which) to make something called Who Killed Caligula?, to be shot on high-definition video in 3D. I was sworn to secrecy but then a friend this last Thursday asked if I had seen the news in that days edition of The Hollywood Reporter. I hadnt, and so he told me how to find it on the Internet. Click on the link and youll be able to find it too. What this will be, I dont know. Despite the title of the article, Im quite sure it wont be porn, but rather some sort of Brassian erotica. Despite what Tinto is quoted or misquoted? as saying, it will NOT be the first 3D porn movie. There have been plenty of 3D porn movies. But it WILL probably be the first erotic movie in 3D. And it WILL probably be the first Italian movie in 3D. What script will it use? Will it really be a remake of the earlier movie? Will it be a joke about a harried filmmaker trying to make a movie about Caligula? I dont know. But I see from a few Google searches that this is getting a lot of nasty commentary from people who disliked the earlier movie. Well, what can I say?
Eventually more news about this title was made public:
The Roman emperor Caligula, who is exposed to continuous conspiracies,
is no longer safe even in his palace,
and as humiliating as it may seem,
he is forced to go to a luxurious brothel to satisfy his sexual appetite.
Nevertheless, it is there where he loses his life to an absurd accident;
That plot summary sounds as lousy as any of those miserable 1970s sex comedies. But what can we discern from a plot summary? Im sure Tinto had some delicious tricks up his sleeve, but...
In August 2010 Tinto had a change of heart.
His traumatic illness forced him to rethink things,
and he no longer wants to make sex-obsessed movies.
He wishes to return to his roots with
Tinto has made brief appearances in at least two more movies of late:
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