Laura Betti

Private Vices, Public Virtues

Private Vices, Public Virtues

Private Vices, Public Virtues

IMDb: 5.9
1976
104min

The son of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Crown Prince Rudolf, is believed to have shot his female lover and himself in a tragic suicide pact in 1882 in Mayerling. Due to Imperial cover-ups, the full story may never be known. This story has been filmed several times, in French in 1935 and in English in 1968. Hungarian director Miklos Jancso recreates those events for his own purposes, continuing his favored theme of the rejection of paternal authority. In the film, which has very little dialog, Rudolf is a good-natured pan-sexual golden boy, who cavorts on his rural estate with a host of beautiful, aristocratic lovers and friends of both sexes. He refuses to leave his country idyll even though he has been ordered to by the Emperor, his father. Despite the fact that for a large part of the film, attractive young people go about unclothed and engaging in erotic encounters, the mood is one of melancholy rather than prurience.

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A Bay of Blood

A Bay of Blood

A Bay of Blood

IMDb: 6.7
1971
84min

An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate.

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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

IMDb: 6.5
1972
111min

Glimpses of Chaucer penning his famous work are sprinkled through this re-enactment of several of his stories.

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Lovers and Liars

Lovers and Liars

Lovers and Liars

IMDb: 4.9
1979
120min

American actress on vacation in Italy falls for her friend’s married Italian lover.

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Teorema

Teorema

Teorema

IMDb: 7.3
1968
98min

A wealthy Italian household is turned upside down when a handsome stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives, makes love to every family member and then disappears. Each has an epiphany of sorts, but none can figure out who the seductive visitor was or why he came.

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