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Exploring love, sex, and marriage in mid-’70s Italy.

Dino Risi‘s 1973 Italian anthology erotic comedy film Sessomatto (internationally marketed as How Funny Can Sex Be?) The major focus of all the parts is sex and sexual perversions.

Here is the translation of the Italian article into English, with important names in bold:

The film, whose protagonists are Giancarlo Giannini and Laura Antonelli, consists of a series of episodes centered on the theme of “bizarre” sex. In the film, both Giannini and Antonelli engage in the interpretation of the most varied characters, from newlyweds in the northern provinces to the slum dwellers of Rome, from the gerontophile who pursues the seventy-year-old Paola Borboni, to the client-prostitute ménage, to that between a sperm donor and a Danish nun.


Signora, sono le otto
A waiter does not know how to wake up the lady of the house and takes advantage of the situation to sexually abuse her.

Due cuori e una baracca
Two spouses living in a shack with many children suspect each other of infidelity and therefore, every time he comes home, they fight. Then they quickly reconcile and make love, excited by the argument and the beating.

Non è mai troppo tardi
Enrico, a lawyer married to a young and beautiful woman, actually has a gerontophilic passion for women over seventy and desires one in particular, Esperia. After an intense courtship, Enrico manages to conquer her and make love with her; shortly after, however, Esperia notices that Enrico enters her house even when she is not there, and suspects that the man is actually interested in the young maid Valeria; instead, she finds Enrico cheating on her with her ninety-year-old mother.

Viaggio di nozze
Two newlyweds, a Venetian woman and a Romagnol man, go on a honeymoon to Venice but, although he appears as an extremely passionate man, he cannot consummate the marriage. The wife discovers that the husband can only make love on moving vehicles, so they do it for the first time in the elevator of their condominium.

Torna piccina mia
A man left by his wife asks a young and beautiful prostitute to dress up like her, making herself fat and unattractive, to try to deceive himself in some way to have the woman he is still so in love with.

Lavoratore italiano all’estero
An Italian emigrated to Denmark works as a sperm donor. One day he masturbates thinking about the beautiful nun of the hospital. The episode is acted in Danish, without subtitles.

La vendetta
In Collesano, Sicily, a gentleman has been killed following a slight to the powerful local mafia boss, Don Alvaro Macaluso. During the mourning period, the young and beautiful widow receives Don Alvaro, a known womanizer, and lets him understand that she is willing to become his mistress. The boss does not hesitate to bring the woman to his house and subject her to extraordinary sexual performances, until he dies of a heart attack. In reality, the young widow had devised this plan precisely to avenge her husband.

Un amore difficile
Saturnino, a young man from Puglia who has just arrived in Milan in search of fortune, believes he can count on his brother Cosimo who has been settled in the Lombard capital for several years, but the sister-in-law informs him that Cosimo has been untraceable for a long time. Before returning to the village, Saturnino enters a popular dance hall, where he meets Gilda, a charming Milanese lady with whom he falls in love, and is immediately reciprocated. The relationship turns out to be rather stormy and has a first setback when Saturnino realizes that Gilda is a professional prostitute. Just enough time to reconcile and the couple suffers a new break when Nino discovers that Gilda is not a woman, but a transvestite. Even this obstacle is overcome, but the situation becomes heavily complicated, as Saturnino realizes that he has fallen in love with his brother Cosimo.

The beautiful wife of an industrialist tries to seduce a guest invited to dinner. In the end, the woman’s husband drives the guest away and thanks his wife for having played her role of seductress well. Now excited by the woman, the guest leaves, throwing himself at the maid, who complains about how these dinner invitations for “foreigners” always end this way, with her paying the price.

Starring: Laura Antonelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Alberto Lionello

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