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Sweet Teen (L’adolescente) 
Written by: on April 16th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Italy, 1976
Director: Alfonso Brescia
Writers: Alfonso Brescia, Aldo Crudo, Piero Regnoli
Cast: Tuccio Musumeci, Daniela Giordano, Sonia Viviani, Raffaele Sparanero, Malisa Longo, Dagmar Lassander

DVD released: April 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: A young woman needing a husband to secure her inheritance seduces a older man who is infatuated with her.

Sweet Teen was co-written and directed by Alfonso Brescia a Italian filmmaker most remembered for his low budget Sci-Fi epics like War in Space, War of the Planets, War of the Robots, Space Odyssey and Beast in Space. The screenplay for Sweet teen was co-written by Piero Regnoli (Patrick Still Lives, Nightmare City, Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror) and Aldo Crudo (Beyond the Door, Beast in Space). The score for Sweet teen was composed by Alessandro Alessandroni, who’s other notable scores include Any Gun Can Play, Lady Frankenstein, Poker in Bed.

The film’s opening set up where a young woman named Grazia tricks a much older man named Vito into marrying her. Lays the groundwork for a film that is essentially a film about deception. Besides marrying a man she doesn’t love. Grazia is having an affair with a the man she really loves, he also happens to be married. Not to be out done Vito has mistress, his secretary. As much as this initial set up offers up plenty of humorous situations. The arrival of Grazia’s niece Serenella is where things start to get real interesting. First off her niece is much older than Vito expected her to be. This sets up another woman who gets Vito all wound up. Is he just a horney all man or is she deliberately teasing him?

This film’s strongest assets is its leading ladies Daniela Giordano (Four Times that Night) and Sonia Viviani (Nightmare City), who are cast in the roles of Grazia and Serenella, respectively. Two other performances of note include Dagmar Lassander (The Frightened Woman) and Malisa Longo (The Way of the Dragon). The camera never misses a opportunity to showoff these ladies more than ample assets. The film’s leading man Tuccio Musumeci iin the role of Vito provides much of the film’s comic relief. The scenes in which his character interacts with the Serenella are the most enjoyable moments, especially a scene in which she is scared and asks to sleep in his bed. What starts off innocently enough quickly turns sexual as Vito’s dirty mind takes over.

When compared to other Italian sex comedies from the same era Sweet Teen is not on the same level as film’s like La Pretora, Malizia and Being Twenty. These film’s ranks as some of the best sex comedies to emerge out of Italian during the 1970’s. At best Sweet Teen is an above average film that has a satisfying mix of erotica and humor.

The DVD:

Sweet Teen is presented in a 4:3 full frame aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Even though the image does not look overly compromised. A few instances where faces appear slightly off screen suggests that this film should be at least a 1.66:1 aspect ratio and not the 4:3 aspect ratio which it is presented in. The source appears to be VHS based as a few anomalies that are associated with VHS crop up. The image lacks crispness and during darker scenes the image tend to look muddy. Colors and flesh tones fare slightly better even if they do look at times slightly off.

This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been included. The subtitles are easy to follow and there are few instances where the characters names are oddly spelled. The bulk of the subtitles are error free. The audio sounds tiny and there is background noise that varies in degree throughout.

This release comes with no extra content. Overall Sweet Teen get a lack luster audio / video presentation from Mya Communication.

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