Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 25th, 2006
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 Parodi
DVD released: May 30th, 2006
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
“Pornography is there to give you an erection. Erotica is there to give you emotions.” – Tinto Brass
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 maybe cable TV with the focus going towards making hardcore films. There are 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 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 film 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.
Cult Epics presents Cheeky! in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The black levels look exceptional as there is an exceptional amount of detail in the background and foreground of every frame. The film is filled with lush colors that look vibrant and nicely saturated. Overall this transfer is nearly flawless as there are no signs of print damage or any other flaws.
This release comes with one audio option the films original Italian language soundtrack which is presented here is a Dolby Digital stereo. There are also few instances in the film when characters speak in English. The dialog is razor sharp and the music is evenly balanced with the rest of the mix. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other sound defects. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Extras for this release include trailers for Cheeky!, Private, Frivolous Lola, All Ladies Do It, Miranda and The Key. Other extras include a photo gallery with twenty nine stills and a cardboard DVD insert with pictures from the film and chapter selections. Rounding out the extras is a eight minute behind the scenes segment for the film Cheeky!. 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.
Cult Epic’s presents Tinto Brass’ Cheeky! Uncut and Uncensored for the first time ever in North America. This DVD comes with a solid audio/video presentation and few juicy extras. Overall Cheeky! is Tinto Brass best films in many years and fans of Tinto Brass will want to pick up this special edition DVD ASAP.
Note: Cult Epic’s is also releasing the English language unrated producers cut of Cheeky! separately.