Il gatto mammone (1975)

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Sicilian Lollo Mascalucia, a small pasta factory owner has been married to Rosalia for seven years, pretending to all his fellow villagers that he doesn't want a child.


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31 October 2010 | lazarillo
Worthwhile Italian sex comedy
Lando Buzzanca plays a man desperate to father a male heir. However, his wife (Roseanne Podesta) is apparently barren. They decide to use a surrogate mother, which, since this was in the days before artificial insemination, means Buzzanca will have to impregnate the surrogate the "old-fashioned" way. After a mishap involving a VERY unattractive but fertile widow, Buzzanca sets his sights on young girl (Gloria Guida) at an orphanage for unwed mothers (who has already given an illegitimate child up for adoption). They hire her as a maid, but she is under the impression they're going to adopt her, leading to some quasi-incestual misunderstandings. But after the fertile Guida eventually fails to conceive too, the plot takes a pretty predictable but pretty funny ironic turn. . .

Lando Buzzanca was one of the best (perhaps THE best)Italian male comedy actors of the 1970's, playing hapless buffoons in films like Lucio Fulci's "The Senator Likes Women", "The Slave", and "Il Domestico". Gloria Guida is, well, Gloria Guida, and she has a long shower scene, which provides pretty much all of the movie's on-screen sex and nudity. But if you've ever seen Gloria Guida take a shower, you know you probably won't be too disappointed. Besides, this is pretty funny and entertaining as far Guida sex comedies go (usually she was paired with the even more buffoonish, but generally less funny actors, Lino Banfi and/or Alvaro Vitali).

Some things here are perhaps not too believable, like Buzzanca is having sex six times a day with his adopted "daughter" while trying unsuccessfully to procreate (only six times a day?--c'mon!), but these movies are not exactly known for their realism after all. Buzzanca, Guida, and third lead Roseanne Podesta are all good, and that and the sexy, absurd story (with Buzzanca also playing the role of the ghost of his deceased father) make this a pretty worthwhile Italian sex comedy.

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