Friday, July 12, 2013

Naughty Nun (1972)

Director: Mariano Laurenti

Starring: Edwige Fenech, Piero Focaccia, Riccardo Garrone, Dada Gallotti, Elio Crovetto, Luciana Turina, Fortunato Cecilia, Romano Malaspina, Umberto D'Orsi, Tiberio Murgia

More info: IMDb

Plot: Il Pittore (Focaccia) comes to town looking for work. He's a painter and a lover of women and he tries (and usually succeeds) to nail every woman in town.  He's commissioned to paint Antonia (Fenech), the daughter of a wealthy family.  The problem is she's in love with a man whose father is feuding with hers so she joins a convent.  If she can't have her man then she'll keep herself from all men.  Things don't go as she expects (to her delight) and she ends up marrying the man of her dreams. 

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Part of the Nunsploitation Project (July & August 2013). Click here for more naughty nun insanity!

This is a cute period comedy that dabbles in Nunsploitation.  It is rather silly but everything comes together (music, costumes, location, etc) to make a delightful picture.

I wish I were a painter. Unfortunately I can't even stay within the lines of a coloring book.

 This is how I have my girls present themselves...

I find it preferable this way, much like how food tastes better when it's presented properly on a plate.  A lot of people overlook details like this.  Not me.

Anyway, it doesn't take long for the Nunsploitation to kick in when Antonia joins the convent. It turns out EVERY nun, including the Mother Superior, is up to something with a man or each other which brings a few laughs.  Antonia's man disguises himself as a nun to be with her.

Her time at the convent doesn't last long and she's free to marry her man after the family differences are set aside (and this happens almost without happening - before you realize it, they're married) and the wedding banquet has commenced.

But don't get all mushy, especially for the groom, because Antonia shows that beginning on her wedding day she won't remain faithful as she bags the painter during the festivities.

NAUGHTY NUN is a short 78 minutes and it flies by.  The comedy is not as broad or slapstick-y as a lot that came from Europe at this time which is a relief, but it's not without some over the top silliness.  I rather enjoyed it.  It's a bright film with lots of outdoor, gorgeously sunny day scenes.  It's enough to almost make you feel like you're in Italy on a perfect summer day.  The perfect summer nights wouldn't be so bad, either.  Hubba hubba.  I can't leave without saying Edwige Fenech needs to have my babies.

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