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Crazy Desire (1962)

La voglia matta (original title)
A middle-aged and slightly conservative businessman meets a band of rowdy youths and is smitten by one named Francesca. He is pursuaded to join their party and even pay for most of it, as ... See full summary »

Director:

Luciano Salce

Writers:

Franco Castellano (story and screenplay) (as Castellano), Giuseppe Moccia (story and screenplay) (as Pipollo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Antonio Berlinghieri
Catherine Spaak ... Francesca
Gianni Garko ... Piero
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Carlo Alberghetti
Fabrizio Capucci Fabrizio Capucci ... Francesca's Friend
Oliviero Prunas Oliviero Prunas ... Veniero
Margherita Girelli Margherita Girelli ... Marina
Diletta D'Andrea Diletta D'Andrea ... Maria Grazia
Stelvio Rosi ... Biondo
Carlos Pes Carlos Pes ... (as Carlo Pes)
Corrado Pantanella Corrado Pantanella ... Flavio
Margherita Patti Margherita Patti
Elisabetta Marlo Rota Elisabetta Marlo Rota
Donatella Ferrara Donatella Ferrara
Lilia Neyung Lilia Neyung ... La 'cinese' (as Lylia Neyung)
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Storyline

A middle-aged and slightly conservative businessman meets a band of rowdy youths and is smitten by one named Francesca. He is pursuaded to join their party and even pay for most of it, as he finds himself strangely attracted to Francesca, who seems his complete opposite. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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There are 25 years between them... a man too old to go so fast... a girl too young to go so far! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 March 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Sabaudia, Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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D.D.L. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second ever film score by Italian master Ennio Morricone. This was his second collaboration with director Luciano Salce. The first was Il Federale (The Fascist) in 1961 also staring Ugo Tognazzi. See more »

Goofs

Antonio explains how he met his female partner on a plane. The seat layout of the "plane" in the scene looks more like a train because there is no plane with seats facing each other. See more »

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Un filo
By Armando Romeo
ediz. A. Romeo
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Depressingly unfunny comedy
3 October 2019 | by michaelnothingSee all my reviews

Voglia Matta is virtually lacking in any redeeming qualities, apart from occasionally competent if uninspired cinematography. Aside from Tognazzi, the acting is substandard and even he seems to be going through the motions. The characters and motives of nearly everyone lack credibility, and none are likeable or sympathetic much less amusing. The scenarios are beyond absurd, unintentionally. The gang of adolescents are extremely grating - some middle-aged writer's idea of what today's spunky youth (ca. 1961) probably kind of ought to be like, with a double helping of casual indifference towards others. The scene of Spaak forcing Tognazzi to careen at high speed down a small winding road, threatening dozens of people's lives in the process, is treated as a grand and clever jape. And that's about the highlight of the film. Almost every comic gag falls flat. It's hard to see why even a contemporary audience was supposed to find humor in a 39 year old father repeatedly pawing a 15 year old girl.

If the film can be said to have had a purpose at all, it was to show off Catherine Spaak's beach body. That is the one thing it managed to do.

The older, positive reviews of this film are puzzling. It is one to avoid.


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