Brass Before Ass

Exploring Swinging London with Deadly Sweet

On Diabolique:

Before Salon Kitty redirected his career toward sex films, and before Caligula became the most infamous movie in the world, Tinto Brass was just another idealistic young director looking to capture the zeitgeist of the 1960s. His 1967 film Col cuore in gola (Deadly Sweet, aka I Am What I Am) was inspired and influenced by Antonioni’s Blow-Up but also markedly different. Deadly Sweet is experimental but still commercial. Bleak but still bubbly and colorful. Tinto Brass seems to think that Swinging London is still, you know, swinging.

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