10 November 2019 | brogmiller
No laughing matter!
Otherwise known as 'Jester's Supper' this film of Blassetti is adapted from the play by Sem Benelli and set in the nest of vipers which is the 15th Century court of Lorenzo di Medici. It looks stunning courtesy of the production design and art direction of Virgilio Marchi and Ferdinando Ruffo. Beautiful score by Guiseppe Becce. Heart -throb Amadeo Nazzari plays against type as an unconscionable thug and Clara Calamai is suitably seductive. She astonished everyone of course with her next performance as Giovanna in 'Ossessione'. I am none too sure if Oswaldo Valenti appeared on stage but judging by his performance in this as the vengeful Giannetto he would have made a marvellous Iago! Extremely popular at the time the film is mainly remembered now for the blink-or-you-miss-it topless scene and more shockingly for the summary execution by partisans of husband and wife team Oswaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida for collaboration with the Fascists. All-in-all a bizarre, outrageous and watchable film.