Malizia (Malicious) - The Erotic Comedy-Drama Film You Need to See
Malizia: A Controversial Italian Classic
Malizia, or Malicious in English, is a 1973 Italian erotic comedy-drama film directed by Salvatore Samperi and starring Laura Antonelli, Turi Ferro and Alessandro Momo. The film is about the sexual desire of a widower and his three sons for their new housekeeper, Angela, who is played by Antonelli. The film was a huge box office success in Italy, with over 11 million admissions, and was also popular in other countries. It won two Silver Ribbons awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, and was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.
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The film was inspired by Samperi's own childhood memories of growing up in a Sicilian family with a beautiful maid. He wanted to explore the themes of sexuality, innocence and corruption in a humorous and provocative way. He co-wrote the screenplay with Ottavio Jemma and Alessandro Parenzo, basing some of the characters and situations on real people and events.
The casting of Laura Antonelli as Angela was a crucial decision for the film's success. Antonelli was already a popular actress in Italy, known for her beauty and sensuality. She had worked with Samperi before in his previous film Beba Loncar (1971), where she played a similar role of a seductive maid. She accepted the part of Angela because she liked the script and trusted Samperi's vision. She later said that she felt comfortable playing such a daring role because she knew that Samperi would not exploit her or make her look vulgar.
The role of Nino, the middle son who blackmails Angela into having sex with him, was played by Alessandro Momo, who was only 14 years old at the time. He was chosen by Samperi after auditioning hundreds of young actors. Momo had some previous acting experience in TV shows and commercials, but this was his first major film role. He said that he enjoyed working with Antonelli and Samperi, who treated him like an adult and helped him overcome his shyness. He also said that he did not feel embarrassed or ashamed by the explicit scenes he had to perform with Antonelli, because they were done professionally and respectfully.
The film was shot in Catania, Sicily, in the summer of 1972. The production faced some difficulties due to the hot weather, the lack of facilities and the interference of local authorities. Some scenes had to be filmed secretly or at night to avoid censorship or protests. The film's cinematography was done by Vittorio Storaro, who later became famous for his work with Francis Ford Coppola and Bernardo Bertolucci. The film's music was composed by Fred Bongusto, who also sang the main theme song "Malizia".