Reviews for Appassionata ( ) 720p

IMDB: 5.4 / 10

Passion that last to life.

Frayed, once said, in my thirty years of research, I did not search out, what a woman really wants. This film is a eye opener, how man and woman exploits the situation of eventuallity, and how they try to judge their own principal point. The pathetic site of our life is, in this ever recycling process, we get attached and detached from each other.

Those Kinky Italians

An Italian kink fest that has a dentist involved with his daughter's friend. The dentist is married to a professional pianist who appears to have suffered a mental breakdown leaving a mostly empty shell. Their daughter is reckless and walks all over the mother and is always trying to seduce her father. The daughter's friend has a screwed up life as well and tries to find solace by banging older men.

Mental illness, incest, and all kinds of other things keeps this one from being boring. If you miss the seventies fashion its all here. Not a bad film overall and was definitely an inspiration for American Beauty. You will have to read subtitles as it's Italian.

Almost restored but not quite ...

There does not seem to be an undamaged and complete print of this film. At several points scenes break off (although nudity or violence is not being shown) and the film jumps to a quite unconnected scene. It would seem that the original censored versions have survived more or less unscathed, but that the franker original director's cut has not. Those hoping for pubic hair and full frontal Ornella Muti will not be totally disappointed, but if you were hoping for a properly restored version of the director's original intention, I fear that we will never see it. A scene where the father is out hunting, for example, has obviously been so radically cut that it makes little sense. In a few other places scenes are cut off before they have properly ended. This is unlikely to have been the work of the director... Still worth watching, however.

Teen Love!

"Appassionata" tells the story of a family – the father is Dr. Emilio Rutelli (Gabriele Ferzetti), a dentist; the mother, Elisa (Valentina Cortese), a psychologically unstable woman; the daughter Eugenia (Ornella Muti), who feels attracted to her father and jealous of her mother, and finally Eugenia's friend, Nicola (Eleonora Giorgi), a girl who lives with her aunt – her father is a diplomat and hasn't time for her, and her mother...(?). Anyway, one day, Nicola goes to Dr. Emilio's practice and seduces him. Nicola needs love. And Eugenia, she will also try to catch her father in her net. Dr. Emilio feels puzzled, it is as if suddenly he were on a roller-coaster. As to the mother, the emotionally unbalanced Elisa – crises, the need to smile and a desire to cry?.

"Appassionata" has not the sleaze that some people may have imagined – but it is nonetheless a very sensual film. It has some sex and nudity scenes (taboo-breaking for their time) - the beautiful starlets Ornella Muti and Eleonora Giorgi were the main reason why I've ordered this film. But the film has more to offer than sleaze – there is an interesting story and good performances all around; besides the stunning Eleonora Giorgi and Ornella Muti, one should also mention particularly the very good performance of Valentina Cortese, as the mother on the verge of a breakdown.

The story in the film is not as well developed as it could have been, the film is somewhat irregular, but I've enjoyed it quite a bit. Well, I've seen "Appassionata" in the original Italian language, and that certainly makes a difference.

Three beauty and a Boccaccio plot. Titillating.

If it wasn't performed by three of the top sensual Italian actress of the seventies/eighties this movie wouldn't be of any worthy. Belli, Muti and Giorgi act in this typical sexy fake-drama to pay the admission ticket to the show business. The nasty plot is basically in the service of having some nudity and (very) savagery scenes. The story is a typical Boccacio, and the dramatic cut given by the director simply avoid to fall to the 'sexy-commedia all'italiana' genre (70's Italian sex comedy). I wouldn't say if it is the classic Italian-trash so loved by Q. Tarantino, but it is very close.

My vote is 5 (out of 10)