Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 10th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2000
Director: Tinto Brass
Writers: Tinto Brass, Carla Cipriani, Nicolaj Pennestri, Silvia Rossi, Massimiliano Zanin
Cast: Yuliya Mayarchuk, Jarno Berardi, Francesca Nunzi, Max Parodiodi
BluRay released: September 25th, 2012
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo Italian, DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.98
Carla (Yuliya Mayarchuk) goes to London for a four week internship. Her boyfriend Matteo is the jealous type and he is going to join her at a later time in London. Carla shortly after her arrival in London has several suitors’ men and women who want her affection. Will Carla be able to remain faithful or will she crumble to her desires before Matteo arrives?
Tinto Brass original started his career directing art house films before shifting into erotic cinema in the 1970’s. His films have always been soft core romps that come close but never cross the line into full blown hard core sex films. A lot has changed in the thirty plus years Brass has been directing these types of films as the soft core market has all but dried up except for may be cable TV with the focus going towards making hardcore films. There is almost too many hardcore films being produce and might I add poorly being directed by talent less hacks who have no idea how to direct erotic scenes without ever being vulgar. Tinto Brass is the last of dying bread as his film are not only beautifully photographed they are also some of the most sensual images ever committed to celluloid.
Trasgredire also known as Cheeky! is a film about a temptress named Carla. The film opens with a scene where a man flashes his penis at Carla as she walks through the park. No fazed or bashful in the least Carla shows him her privates before turning around and flashing him her ass. This scene quickly establishes the Carla character as a sexual being that obsesses over sex. Brass also fleshes out the rest of the main character like Carla’s boyfriend Matteo and her lesbian lover Moira. This film also marks the first time Tinto Brass fully explored in any of his films a lesbian relationship between two main characters.
Two stand out scenes in the film are one when Clara and Moira are at a party and when they arrive they are several women with their asses in the air bent over a couch as men walk by choose which one they want. Brass is truly knows the beauty of woman’s ass as he captures this moment in a breath taking tracking shot. The other stand out moment is when Clara is having a playful romp of the beach with a former French lover. This scene is actually told as a flashback; still it is by the far the most erotic moment in the film.
Pino Donaggio supplies a playful score that is just so damn catchy the motifs will stay with you for days. The films also boasts some lavish sets and locations that really open up this film. Every composition is artfully done by Brass who uses every inch of the frame. Brass proves with Cheeky! that his still has the Midas touch as he creates another erotic masterpiece.
Cheeky! comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 Progressive anamorphic widescreen. Once again Cult Epics creates a new transfer that is miles ahead of the transfer that they used for this previous, albeit a DVD release for Cheeky!
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD Stereo mix in Italian and a DTS-HD Stereo mix in English. It should be noted that during the Italian language track that there are a few instances where characters speak in English. Both audio mixes are in great shape. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film in HD (3 minutes 23 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in English), a photo gallery and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment (8 minutes 18 seconds – 4:3 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles).Tinto has many interesting things to say especially about women’s asses and he comes off as someone who truly looks like he enjoys what he is doing. Overall Cheeky! makes its way to Blu-Ray via a solid release from Cult Epics.