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THE
WORKS
OF
TINTO
BRASS

IN MARCH 2002 I CONTACTED ALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS I COULD LOCATE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN PERMISSIONS. IF YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO ANY IMAGES OR QUOTES ON THIS WEB SITE PLEASE CONTACT ME. THANK YOU.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

APPRENTICESHIP

Chagall (1958)
Spatiodynamisme (1958)
L’India vista da Rossellini
(India Seen by Rossellini, 1958)
10-part TV miniseries
and
India matri bhumi
Les noces vénitiennes
(a.k.a. Venetian Honeymoon, 1958)
Il Generale della Rovere (1959)
L’Italia non è un Paese povero
(Italy Is Not a Poor Country, 1959–1960)
3-part TV miniseries

WINNING ACCOLADES

Ça ira, il fiume della rivolta
(a.k.a. Tell It Like It Is, a.k.a. Thermidor, 1962)
Chi lavora è perduto — in capo al mondo
(Whoever Works Is Lost — To the Ends of the Earth, 1963)
La donna è una cosa meravigliosa
(Woman Is a Wonderful Thing, 1964)
Imago (1964)
Unproduced film
Il tempo lavorativo
(Work Time, 1964)
Il tempo libero
(Leisure Time, 1964)

MAINSTREAM

Il disco volante
(a.k.a. The Flying Saucer, 1964)
La mia signora
(My Wife, 1964)
Yankee (1965–1966)
Heart in His Mouth
(a.k.a. Col cuore in gola,
Dead Stop: le coeur aux levres,
Deadly Sweet,
En cinquième vitesse (In Fifth Speed),
Escalation,
Heart Beat,
I Am What I Am,
Ich Bin Wie Ich Bin: Das Mädchen aus der Carnaby-Street,
With Bated Breath, 1967)

AVANT-GARDE, UNDERGROUND,
AND GUERRILLA FILMMAKING

NEROSUBIANCO
(a.k.a. Attraction — Black on White, 1968)
A Clockwork Orange
(Arancia meccanica, 1968)
Unproduced film, later made by Stanley Kubrick
L’urlo
(Howl a/k/a The Cry, 1968–1970)
Barbarella Goes Down (1969)
Unproduced film
Dropout (1970)
DNA (1970)
Unfinished film
L’evasione
(The Evasion, 1971)
Unproduced film
La vacanza
(The Vacation, 1971)
Untitled thriller (1971)
Unproduced film
I Miss Sonja Henie
(a.k.a. Nedostaje Mi Sonja Henie, 1972)
Order and Sex Discipline (1972)
Unproduced film
History of Italy (1972)
Unproduced film
Le sardomobili
(The Sardine-Mobiles, 1972)
TV commercial

BIG BUDGETS AND BIG HEADACHES

The Borgias (1972–present)
Unproduced film
Pranzo di famiglia
(Family Lunch, 1973)
Stage play by Roberto Lerici
Punch (1974)
Unproduced film
Sturmtruppen (1974)
Unproduced film, later made by Salvatore Samperi
Salon Kitty
(a.k.a. Madam Kitty, 1975–1976)
Pranzo di famiglia
(Family Lunch, 1976 revival)
Stage play by Roberto Lerici
L’uomo di sabbia
(The Sand Man, 1976)
Stage play by Riccardo Reim
Gore Vidal’s Caligula
(a.k.a. Io Caligola, 1976–1977)
A Documentary on the Making of
“Gore Vidal’s Caligula”
(1976–1981)
Punch (1977–1978)
Unproduced film
The Pig Advantage (1978)
Unproduced film

AFTERMATH:
THE LAST GUERRILLA FILM
AND THEN RICHES

Action (1979)
Boudoir
(1981–1982)
Unproduced film, later adapted for the stage (1985)
Tinto Brass’ “Fanny Hill” (1982–1983)
Unproduced film, later made by Harry Alan Towers
Lord Byron (1982)
Unproduced film
The Key
(a.k.a. La chiave, 1983)
Pranzo di famiglia
(Family Lunch, 1983 revival)
Stage play by Roberto Lerici
3-13-33 (1983)
Untitled British Film (1985)

EROTICA — THE FIRST PHASE

Miranda (1985)
Capriccio
(a.k.a. Love and Passion, 1987)
Snack Bar Budapest (1988)
Calze Levante (1990)
TV commercial
Paprika (1991)
Lulù (1991)
Stage play by Frank Wedekind
Così fan tutte
(a.k.a. All Ladies Do It, 1992)
Tenera è la carne
(Tender Is the Flesh, 1993)
Unfinished film
L’uomo che guarda
(a.k.a. The Voyeur, 1994)
Reggiseno Infiore (1994)
TV commercial

EROTICA — THE SECOND PHASE

Fermo posta Tinto Brass
(a.k.a. P.O. Box Tinto Brass, 1995)
Venezia Erotica (February 1996)
Foreword to a book
The Big Strip !
uptight9.".Mama Oliver.eastwest
{the Shantel Remixes}
(1996)
45rpm vinyl
Quando l’Italia non èra un Paese povero
(When Italy Wasn’t a Poor Country, 1997)
Monella
(a.k.a. Frivolous Lola, 1998)
Lucignolo
(Cute Little Luke, 1999)
TRAsgreDIRE
(a.k.a. Transgressing, 1999–2000)
Corti circuiti erotici
(Erotic Short Circuits, 1999–2000)
Untitled Ukrainian project (1999)
Unproduced film
EuroTrash (2000)
TV interview
Così come sono
(That’s the Way I Am, 2000)
Introduction to a novel
Senso ’45
(a.k.a. Black Angel, 2001–2002)
Fallo! “Honni soit qui mal y pense”
DO IT!, 2003 )
Monamour (2005)
Afterword

Acknowledgments

I am forever indebted to my Milanese friend Massimo Polidoro, who will probably never understand why I like Tinto Brass’s films, but who has nonetheless been gracious enough to send me some Italian VHS releases that are unavailable on this side of the Atlantic. I am also indebted to Walter and Carmen of Buffalord in Bettole di Buffalora, Brescia, who have been kind enough to go far out of their way to keep me apprised of Tinto Brass news, to find still more and more and to tell me about VideoPark in Genova, which I would probably never have learned about otherwise. Thanks also to Joyce Elliott of Conyers, Georgia, for allowing me to see La mia signora, Jönas of Sweet Cozy Video in Sweden for allowing me to see NEROSUBIANCO, and to others in England, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Australia, who sold invaluable items on eBay and who otherwise rounded up videos and articles for me. Thanks to their collective efforts, my Tinto Brass collection has grown from four VHS tapes of terrible quality to dozens of tapes and DVDs, many of excellent quality, over just the past year and a half. Ultimately, I’m grateful to the blossoming Internet, without which most of the information and products I’ve gathered would literally have been unobtainable. And thanks to Kevin Christopher for taking three hours out of his schedule to teach me the basics of html and PhotoShop.

— 2 March 2002


SOURCES: This web page is based upon an enormous number of newspaper and magazine clips, along with several books, most notably Stefano Iori’s Tinto Brass and Antonio Tentori’s Tinto Brass: Il senso dei sensi, both of which are available through Tinto Brass’s official web site. Another invaluable source is a paperback from 2005 called Obiettivo Brass, consisting largely of a lengthy interview conducted by Mario Gagliardotto.

The Major Publications
Notes added on 28 April 2007

Hard to find, but I finally got a copy on Thursday night, 26 April 2007. Incredibly good info, and it has transcriptions of those wonderful lyrics that I had so much trouble understanding! Includes the treatments for the unmade movies!!!!!! Click on the picture above to see the front and back covers, the masthead, title page, and copyright page.

Not as hard to find, and it still pops up on eBay once in a blue moon. Click on the picture above to see the front and back covers, the masthead, title page, and copyright page.

Still pops up on eBay. Click on the picture above to see the front and back covers, the masthead, title page, and copyright page.

Oh this one is sweet. It consists largely of affectionate tributes to Tinto Brass from those who have known him and worked with him. Click on the picture above to see the front and back covers, the masthead, title page, and copyright page.

Apparently Nocturno is regularly shipped to subscribers in a plastic wrapper that includes a separately bound supplement entitled Nocturno Dossier. This particular Dossier was devoted entirely to Tinto Brass, and it includes information and photos you won’t find anywhere else. Click on the picture above to order a copy.

The most recent book, which apparently borrowed a bit from my web site. (But then, hey, my web site borrowed from some of the books I’m advertising here.) Click on the picture above to see the front and back covers, the masthead, title page, and copyright page.
Now, how do you get hold of these publications? Well, except for the Nocturno Dossier # 25 it will be a bit tricky to get these items. Keep trying Tinto Brass’s web site, as well as the Internet Bookshop, Hoepli, and BookFinder. Good luck!



Giovanni Brass was born in Milano on Sunday, 26 March 1933, but was raised in Venice. His grandfather, painter Italico Brass, gave the youngster the nickname of Tintoretto, which was itself the nickname of painter Jacopo Robusti (1518–1594). (Incidentally, Gore Vidal, in a TV special called Artful Journeys: Vidal in Venice, referred to Tintoretto as the Cecil B. De Mille of Venetian painters.) Tintoretto was soon shortened to Tinto. Tinto’s father Alessandro was a noted and well-to-do attorney, and Brass originally planned to pursue that same career. He completed his university law degree but then moved to Paris in 1957 and got a job as a projectionist at the Cinémathèque Française, where he also apprenticed to film archivist/curator Henri Langlois through 1960.

Family tree:
Italico Brass (b. 14 December 1870 in Gorizia, d. 16 August 1943 in Venice) married Lina Rebecca “Nina” Vigdoff, originally of Odessa.
Children: Italico and Alessandro.
Alessandro (b. 20 January 1898, Venice; d. 1968) served as Vicepodestà of Venice.
He married Carla (last name unknown, birth and death dates unknown, died at age 97).
Children of Alessandro and Carla: Italico, Giovanni “Tinto,” Maurizio, Andrea.
Tinto (b. 26 March 1933) married Carla “Tinta” Cipriani (b. 30 March 1930, Verona, d. 9 August 2006, Merano), of the famous Cipriani family of restaurateurs, owners of Harry’s Bar in Venice (made famous by Ernest Hemingway) and the Locanda Cipriani on the island of Torcello.
Tinto and Tinta’s children: Beatrice (b. 1960) and Bonifacio (b. 1963).
Any further information is most welcome!