Boccaccio '70

1962, Movie, NR, 150 mins

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Three unconnected episodes dealing with modern stories the producers would have you think Boccaccio might have written if alive; from the lack of content and characterization, Boccaccio would have used a pseudonym for these turgid tales. The film is only an excuse to parade the Amazonian attributes of Ekberg and Loren, with Schneider thrown in for dramatic license. In one story, Ekberg is a billboard image that comes to life in a dream conjured by a middle-aged lecher. In "The Raffle," Loren plays a woman who operates a shooting gallery and is the sex prize of a Saturday night raffle. To accommodate a country bumpkin who begs to win the raffle, she fixes the drawing but does not deliver the goods; to show she is a noble slattern, however, Loren spreads the word that she has dallied with the clod so he will become a hero to his crowd. Schneider's segment is almost lost between these two stories; she plays a secretary in love with the boss and sacrificing her personal life for the ungrateful wretch. Contrived and spotty. leave a comment

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