Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 4th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 1973
Director: Sergio Martino
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Pippo Franco, Gigi Ballista, Riccardo Garrone, Sandro Merli
DVD released: November 14th, 2006
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: No Shame
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A judge finds a pollutant in the river he was fishing in and after it is analyzed he soon finds out it came from the Straccolone Cheese Factory. Commendatore La Noce the owner of Straccolone Cheese is hell bent on changing the publics’ opinion about his company. La Noce soon learns that a high ranking government official has a thing for sleeping with other men’s wives. With the help of his inept assistant Mario Albertini (Pippo Franco) they come up with a plan where they hire a prostitute named Cocò (Edwige Fenech) to play the part of La Noce’s wife. Now with their plan firmly in place there problem should be solved in no time or have they opened up a new Pandora’s Box of problems?
By the early 1970’s in Italian cinema is one thing was for sure it was the successful collaboration between director Sergio Martino and actress Edwige Fenech by the time they worked on Giovannona Long-Thigh they had already worked together on trio of giallos The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, All the Colors of the Dark and Your Vice Is a Closed Room and Only I Have the Key. Sergio Martino is in top form as he never misses a beat or an opportunity to shows off Edwige Fenech’s ample assets. From the very first moment we are introduced to her while she is bent over by the side of the road with her ass point up at the sky and even more so as the film progresses the camera has one focal point and that is Edwige Fenech.
The films cinematographer was Stelvio Massi who would make his directorial debut with Halleluja to Vera Cruz around the same time he worked on Giovannona Long-Thigh. Edwige Fenech and Pippo Franco team up once again a year after making the film Ubalda, All Naked and Warm. Oddly enough their roles this time around are almost the same as they were in their previous collaboration. Pippo Franco has knack for playing the quintessential bumbling sidekick and Edwige Fenech is always good for eye candy. Fenech’s character also says every little so it is only natural that she would rely on her body to convey the words she cannot say.
The premise of turning a fool mouthed prostitute into sexual repressed wife who in return must seduce a man who that he can be blackmailed is ingenuous. The films score was composed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis and overall it is a huge departure from their later collaborations with Sergio Martino. This would also mark the first time Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis and Sergio Martino worked together. Overall Giovannona Long-Thigh is one of those rare instances where everything just seems to click.
No Shame presents Giovannona Long-Thigh in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This transfer was sourced from the original 35mm vault negative and as usual No Shame does an admirable job. Colors are vivid and faithfully reproduced through out. Black levels are strong and details are sharp as the image remains stable through out. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement in minimal. There is some minor print damage that while noticeable it never becomes distracting.
This release comes with one audio option an Italian language track presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Overall the audio is in great shape as dialog is crisp. Music and effects sound balanced. Outside of some very minor hiss the audio is free of any distortion or sound defects. The film opens with a disclaimer about the subtitles and how they have been specially adapted for this release. The English subtitles are removable and easy to follow.
Extras for this release include the films original trailer in Italian with English subtitles and a collection of Edwige Fenech sexy comedy trailers which includes the following titles “Cream Horn”, “Poker in Bed”, “Don’t Play with Tigers” and “Erotic Exploits of a Sexy Seducer”. Other extras include Revenge of Edwige’s Groovy Sexadelic reel which is essentially shots of Fenech shown via a groovy psychedelic back drop. The main extra for this release is an eight minute interview with Edwige Fenech titled “Days of Being Wild”. Fenech talks about Sergio Marino, Lucio Martino and doing nude scenes.
This release also comes with a collectible booklet that comes with liners notes about Italian sex comedies and bios for Edwige Fenech and Sergio Martino.
Italian sex comedies for the most part have never been released theatrically or on home video in North America. Giovannona Long-Thigh is one of the genres bonafide classics that now it can finally be seen uncut and uncensored via No Shame excellent DVD release.