Velvet Hands (1979)

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Engineer Quiller has become rich by selling his completely indestructible shop-window glass to jeweleries around the world. But this got him lots of enemies too: the insurance agencies, ... See full summary »


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28 November 2013 | lazarillo
Good cast, good story, and pretty entertaining (even in Italian)
It's kind of an interesting story how I got into watching 70's Italian sex comedies. Like many other people, I'm a big fan of Italian gialli and Italian crime thrillers, and I followed a couple of the alluring actresses that appeared in those--mainly Edwige Fenech and Gloria Guida--into some of their other Italian films (even though these were much less likely to be legitimately released and/or available in English-friendly editions). The vast majority of 70's Italian sex comedies are quite stupid and the only thing they really have going for them is a generous helping of female nudity. At some point though, I got to actually kind of LIKE these movies, especially the ones featuring comedians like Lando Buzzanco or Renzo Montagnini, but even some of the more infantile Italian buffoons like Alvaro Vitali or Lino Banfi have their moments. I've seen very little of the work of Adrian Celentano, who probably has the most laconic style of any of the male Italian comedians of that era, but this is by far the best of his movies that I've seen.

Like your better Italian comedies, this one actually has a PLOT! Celentano is an engineer who has invented a kind of theft-proof glass that has wreaked havoc in the criminal underworld. By chance, he meets a beautiful female thief (Eleanora Giorgi) who robs him on the subway and then later takes care of him after he gets in a bicycle accident. He gets mixed up with her crazy family, who are all thieves, and pretends to be a thief himself, all the while trying to hide his true identity.

This movies is actually pretty entertaining despite being in Italian and having pretty much no female nudity. Giorgi is a little higher class then most actresses that appeared in these movies (even if she rarely leaves her clothes on for an entire movie like she does here). She is actually quite good in this. Olga Karlatos (most famous from Lucio Fulci's "Zombi") doesn't have much to do though as Celentano's wife. The sexiest actress though might be Ania Pieroni, Centano's mistress in this, who had small but important parts in Fulci and Dario Argento movies (she was the original "Mother of Tears" in "Inferno"). She is smoldering hot in this movie even with her clothes on, but if you want to see a lot, um, more of her check out "Stay the Way You Are" where she plays the college roommate of a young Nastassia Kinski, but never actually shares the screen with her because I'm pretty sure it would have melted the celluloid in the camera. But enough rhapsodizing about sexy Italian actresses--suffice it to say this movie has a good cast, a good story, and is pretty entertaining (even in Italian). I'd recommend it.

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