A Beautiful Print of this Notorious Parody!
Italian Title: ULTIMO TANGO A ZAGAROL [Last Tango in Zagaol]
director: Nando Cicero
starring: Franco Franchi · Martine Beswick · Gina Rovere
· Franca Valieri · Ciccio Ingrassia
Nando Cicero said he hoped to show the absurd pretension of Bernardo
Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris with this film. He succeeded
wildly. But he also created a very funny, sexy, irreverent motion picture
which stands on its own and delivers-the-goods far beyond the parody
level. Inexplicably, the film manages to ignite the same erotic sparks
as the original source material, perhaps amplified by the wicked performance
of Martine Beswick, but also undeniably due to Franco Franchi's restrained
- even endearing - presence.
leaving his shrewish wife, Franco is exploring an apartment where he
runs into an unusually quirky young woman. They have sex on the floor
and agree to meet again at the same place for a no-strings-attached
affair. Each time they get together, their sexual antics become more
and more outrageous, stretching into S&M and 'butter' antics. Meanwhile,
Franco meets a New Wave television director who uses him for one dangerous
stunt after another. And - oh, yes - there's also that discomforting
mess with Franco and his wife Margerita, the owner of a run-down hotel,
having an affair with the homosexual on the top floor. It's all there
in this parody of the Marlon Brando classic fim. But this time, director
Cicero sets the scene and then brilliantly twists it into a different
- albeit, cockeyed - direction.
Beswick had the distinction of being a Bond Girl in two different James
Bond films: From Russia with Love and Thunderball.
That notoriety introduced her to Hammer Studios where she starred in
numerous films including PREHISTORIC
WOMEN and Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde. She also
made a couple Spaghetti Westerns (BULLET
FOR THE GENERAL and JOHN
THE BASTARD). Martine will always be remembered to Cult Fans
for her performance in Peter Collinson's THE
PENTHOUSE. After 65+ films and television shows, Ms Beswick
retired from the Entertainment Business in 1995. She owns a moving business
in London where she continues to work today.
Franchi starred in over 100 projects as part of an Italian comedy duo
with partner Ciccio Ingrassia. He died in December of 1992 at age 64.
Nando Cicero was best known for his Spaghetti Westerns, especially RED
BLOOD, YELLOW GOLD. He passed away at age 64 in July 1995.
An Italian film
with English subtitles; fullscreen format (4:3), uncut (91 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include theatrical
Sexual Theme /Nudity/S&M/Violence/Sexual
For Mature Audiences