THE SLEAZY UNCLE
DIRECTOR: FRANCO BRUSATI
CINEMATOGRAPHY: ROMANO ALBANI
MUSIC: STEFANO MARCUCCI
CAST: VITTORIO GASSMAN, GIANCARLO GIANNINI, Andrea Ferreol, Simona Cavalari, Beatrice Palme
SUPER FEATURES: VITTORIO GASSMAN
There was a time when Marcello and Vittorio ruled the Italian Cinema. A bit later, Gian Carlo appeared with the help of Lina Wertmuller. Usually many of these stars last for a while, and then fade into obscurity, playing bit parts here and there, and rarely improving their work ... SURPRISE... and I mean surprise. Vittorio Gassman, is the only reason
to see this show. The rest of it all just isn't as much fun, or as crazy, or as out of it.
It is the story of an uncle that has become a lecher in his old years, and still has a roving eye for the ladies. And his nephew gets to inherit him, since there is no one else to help the old fart. Well, the nephew's life stinks, and is not fun, and eventually he has to learn a thing or two from the old man. The old man is full of life, and jokes for everyone, and even keeps a young girl, whom he tries to pass off to another old friend for a fee. But if he is sleazy, and a neurotic dog ( carefullllll , there is one in this movie ), he is also the most inspiring person, who also helps many people out of their miseries, and helps them appreciate life a little. He is worth it, even if he seems to be a pain the rear. And all of this
may just be because of Vittorio Gassman, whose excellent performance takes on all comers.... the others just follow along.
GIAN CARLO Giannini, is a bit insecure in his character, but he is good, but not enough to keep the film alive. And Vittorio towers above them all because he has found a role, similar to Marcello's in USED PEOPLE and EVERYBODY'S FINE, where he can pretty much just rule the screen... and very well he does.
And it is fun to watch an old man get his jollies....
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