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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Golden Girls

1968 was a very good year in the career of Marisa Mell, not only did she make the cult classic Mario Bava's "Danger: Diabolik!" , a movie called "Stuntman" but also "Le Dolci Signore" or in English "Anyone Can play". The movie was directed by Luigi Zampa and co-written by the famous Italian director Ettore Scola and his writing partner Ruggero Maccari.

In this movie Marisa Mell plays the role of "Paola" together with some of the best known female stars in European cinema at that moment: Claudine Auger, Virna Lisi and Ursula Andress.

Ursula Andress has top billing on this movie and does not really need any introduction because she was the first Bond girl as "Honey Rider" in the first James Bond movie "Dr. No". Another Bond girl is also part of this team of liberated women, Claudine Auger from France. She was Bond's inside girl "Dominique - Domino - Derval" in the movie "Thunderball". And finally Lisi Virna from Italy, famous from euuuhhhh..., maybe from the Richard Burton starrer "Bluebeard" in 1972.

The movie is build as a comedy around these four ladies with their stories involving the men in their lives played by Jean-Pierre Cassel, Frank Wolff, Mario Adorf and Lando Buzzanca. Although the movie has these four beautiful women as stars, the movie itself did not make any headlines. As a publicity vehicle it did do its job. The four sirens got tons of media attention in the latino world ranging from France, Italy, Spain to all the countries in Central and South America. Each and every magazine got them on the cover and had some kind of articles about them in their editions. For Marisa Mell the movie will be remembered for her sensual striptease. In the movie she is addicted to do stripteases and in the end her husband agrees with it and stimulates her.
Forty years later, the stars have matured into golden girls with a golden movie memory. Although the movie has some of the 60's best loved female stars, the movie was never, by my knowledge, released on DVD, officially or unofficially. Maybe the time is right to do so!


Keith said...

I would love to see this film. I'm a big fan of these women. Hopefully it will find its way on DVD. Thanks for the post on it.

Jeremy Richey said...

Just wanted to say how pleased I am to have found this blog. Love Marisa and she deserves such a great tribute...

Mirko di Wallenberg said...

Hi Keith, It sure is a mystery why this movie is still lost in movie history while other terrible films have more than several editions on dvd. Maybe someday, who knows, I keep my fingers crossed.

Hi Jeremy Richey, Thanks for the nice words it is highly appreciated. I 'll try to do my best to keep the standard as high as possible and finding new angles to complete her life story. I'll always found it strange that no one else had the idea to do a tribute to this great much missed lady.

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to see this one... it must be one of her best! *sigh*