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Venice: Roberta (Emily Crawford) is an attractive professor of some
sort or other who is so used to supressing her sexuality it almost hurts.
(Gualberto Parmeggiani) is an artist who's promiscuous, open-minded, but
nbot the least bit romantic, and actually a bit sleazy.
When the two of
them meet, they almost immediately hate one another - but before you know
it, they go out on a date that ends with him taking her to a swinger club,
and her storming out of the place once she realizes what he has gotten her
into ... and yet, she meets him again the very next evening, and soon the
two land in bed together and become a couple. Yet their relationship is
not like any other, because he's a very domineering man who likes to put
her into comprimising situations, and under his guidance, she finds her
submissive side and opens up sexually.
Then though Lorenzo invites
another woman over to have sex with the two of them, but seeing Lorenzo
with anothger woman proves to be too much for Roberta and she makes a
hasty escape. Yet she can't let go off Lorenzo, or is it the memory of him
that won't let go of her. Anyways, the very next evening, she visits the
swinger club from the beginning of the movie once more to have sex with a
random stranger. When Lorenzo catches them, he is overcome by jealousy -
and before the evening is over, she ends up back in his bed. The next
morning though, she decides to break up with Lorenzo and leaves rather
than continue this path of self-destruction ...
By and large, Venetian
Caprice is a remake of the 1980's sex smashhit 9 1/2 Weeks - an
unofficial remake of course -, with some scenes of that movie repeated
shot for shot. Now I have to admit I didn't like 9 1/2 Weeks to
begin with, so I don't know whether I'm the right man to review this film
at hand - however, at least in some ways, Venetian Caprice manages
to replicate 9 1/2 Weeks' approach to sexuality, as it presents sex
in a totally antiseptic, design-heavy and emotionfree way, and it turns a
fascinating master-slave relationship into nothing more than a series of
impersonal sexual vignettes.
'What I want to say in a nutshell: You
might like this one if you liked the earlier film, if you weren's into 9
1/2 Weeks to begin with, youo probably shouldn't bother, and whether Venetian
Caprice of 9 1/2 Weeks is the better film is hard to determine,
even, as, if nothing else, Mattei's new film is at least less pretentious
than the earlier movie ...