Quante Volte ... Quella Notte
Four Times that Night
Italy/West Germany 1972
Alfredo Leone, Claudio Rainis, Dick Randall, Zeljko Kunkera for Delfino Film, Hape-Film
directed by Mario Bava
starring Daniela Giordano, Brett Halsey, Dick Randall, Valeria Sabel, Michael Hinz, Rainer Basedow, Brigitte Skay, Calisto Calisti, Pascaled Petit, Sante Lucerlini
written by Mario Moroni, Carl Ross, dialogue by Guido Leoni, music by Coriolano Gori, assistant directors: Lamberto Bava, Claudio Rainis
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As much is certain: Gianni (Brett Halsey) and Tina (Daniela Giordano)
have met that day. Whatever happened later is left at anybody's guess:
- She says he has tried to rape her.
- He says he was way too shy to try anything but she seduced him -
- The doorman (Dick Randall) says Tina wanted to have sex with Gianni,
but since he's gay, he has invited his boyfriend over - and a lesbian,
to have fun with Tina.
- A psychiatrist (Calisto Calisti) - no idea how he got into the
equation - claims nothing has happened at all, they just went to the
beach to see the sunrise ... but then needed a good excuse why they've
been out all night.
With this film, two things about Mario Bava thaqt didn'y actually need
clarification become clear anyways: 1) He's a very stylish director who
knows how to make architecture, interior design and costumes part of his
directorial effort rather than regarding them as mere necessities, but 2)
erotic comedy merely was not his forte, since this is the one genre that
does not really need a director of his talent.
Having said this, Four Times that Night is not a bad little
film, no better or worse than many other films of its kind, it's just that
though, a little film that's certainly one of the most elegant films of
the genre and is actually pretty cute - but then again, it's also about as
insignificant and easy-to-forget as most other erotic comedies, and a far
cry from the masterpieces Bava graced especially the horror genre with.
Ah yeah, since this film tells the same story from four different
points of view, I feel obliged to namedrop the movie Rashomon
- and I figure all of you have long figured out why.