Nest of Vipers

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A heated sex melodrama set in Fascist Italy just before World War II, this isn't bad at all. About a provincial innocent who comes to Venice to study music, befriends a fellow student (gay), has an affair with the friend's mother (attractive), then casts her aside in favour of a millionaire's daughter (attractive and rich), it boasts handsome production values recalling the sunbathed settings of Bertolucci and of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. The Fascist context may be incidental, but Cervi makes some headway against the sexploitation elements in his tale of a passionate and jealousy-driven bourgeoisie, keeping things the right side of interesting up to his Chabrol-style climax of brutal murder and complicity in its cover-up.

By: RM

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tonino Cervi
Screenwriter: Tonino Cervi, Goffredo Parise, Cesare Frugoni
Cast: Paolo Bonacelli
Maria Monti
Eros Pagni
Giuliana Calandra
Ornella Muti
Senta Berger
Stefano Patrizi
Christian Borromeo
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