Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 21st, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: Vittorio De Sisti
Writers: Sandro Parenzo, Norberto Valentini, Vittorio De Sisti
Cast: Emilio Servadio, Carmine Benincasa, Luigi De Marchi, Patrizia Carrano
DVD released: February 9th, 2010
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Sex Advice was co-written and directed by Vittorio De Sisti (The Private Lesson). One area where this film excels is its rapid fire editing and the editor for Sex Advice was Ruggero Mastroianni, whose other notable film’s include Juliet of the Spirits, The 10th Victim, The Damned, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and Death in Venice. The score for Sex Advice was composed by Ennio Morricone a prolific film composer who has worked with many of cinema’s greatest filmmakers throughout his career. This is yet another remarkable score that superbly captures the mood of the subject matter at hand.
Sex Advice is a Mondo film that examines sexuality’s place with in religion. Some other subjects discussed include sex out of marriage, birth control and homosexuality. From the opening moments up until the film’s Montague ending, things move along quickly from one story to the next. The narrative is made up of a series of moments related to sexuality and religion, which are interspersed with comments from doctors, psychologists and priests. The narrative is in many ways very similar to the narrative structured employed in the School Girl Report films.
The subject matter while controversial for its time, it comes off as dated into today’s world. Despite its outdatedness this film does serve as an interesting time capsule into how things were and how much they have changed over the years. The most fascinating moments are the confessional moments and the priests’ replies to those confessing to him.
Sex Advice is presented in a 4:3 full frame aspect ratio. The opening and closing credits are presented in a letterboxed widescreen. Judging by the framing of the image, it appears that this film’s was intended to be framed in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. For the most part the cropping of the image is never too intrusive as the majority of objects that should be in frame are. Print damage is minimal and colors and flesh tones generally look accurate. During darker / night time scenes the image does look a tad too dark at times. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. It should be noted that the listed running time of eight seven minutes on DVD back cover is incorrect and the actual running time is seventy nine minutes.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included. The audio sounds clear and balanced with only minimal instances of background noise.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Mya Communication rescue another film from obscurity and while the presentation is serviceable at best. It is most likely as good of a presentation as is possible considering the rarity of this film which has had a limited exposure since its initial release.