There’s plenty of heat and heart in this charming Argentine tale of love, lust and copious nudity.
Laura (Isabel Sarli) needs men – and women – because she’s a nymphomaniac. Spotted on the beach from afar by a wealthy industrialist, the immediately enamoured Carlos (Armando Bo), Laura decides he is the only man she loves – but he’s not the only person who can satisfy her. The tension between Laura's needs and her emotions make for an inevitably tragic ending.
Sarli is Argentina’s own Sophia Loren and her appeal is extraordinary; her wardrobe of fur coats, plunging necklines and her birthday suit shows that she’s a woman fully conscious of her own power.
It’s this confidence from Sarli, combined with the Catholic moral dilemmas of the late 1960s that makes for such a potent mix. The melodrama might well make us giggle, but that core tension – between what women want and how they should be – is still worth exploring.
Argentina 1969 Dir Armando Bo 90 min
In Spanish with English subtitles
Screening from a brand new 2K digital restoration provided by GOTIKA® Imaging Science and Technology
Cheap Thrills: Fuego (15*)
28 October 2016