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Tinto Brass's Cheeky and Frivolous Lola on dual format in February

14 January 2013

Arrow Video has announced the UK release of Cheeky and Frivolous Lola from director Tinto Brass (Salon Kitty, Caligula). Both titles will be available to own in the UK on 10th February on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD and feature packaging that will showcase the original poster artwork as well as a reversible sleeve with newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress. These editions will also include collectors’ booklets featuring new writing on the film by critics Maitland McDonagh and David Flint respectively, both of which will be illustrated with original archive stills. Both will retail at £19.99.

Cheeky (2000 – original title Trasgredire)

When free-spirited beauty Carla (Yuliya Mayarchuk) moves to London, her search for a flat leads to a lesbian seduction by estate agent Moira (Francesca Nunzi), much to the horror of Carla’s boyfriend Matteo (Jarno Berardi) still stuck in their native Venice. And then he discovers a cache of letters from an ex-boyfriend, accompanied by a highly revealing and very public photograph of her...

Ravishingly shot in two of the world’s great cities, bouncily scored by Pino Donaggio, and crammed with wall-to-wall nudity and casual sexual flings, Cheeky is as lighthearted as its title suggests, but it’s subtler and more philosophical than the average sex romp. In particular, it’s a genuinely moving look at problems arising when a desire to remain scrupulously faithful collides with the lure of baser instincts. Carla genuinely loves Matteo, but how can she reassure him when he spots temptation around every corner?

Featuring high definition Blu-ray and standard definition DVD presentation of the film, uncut and in widescreen for the first time and with optional English and Italian audio and newly translated English subtitles for the Italian audio.

Extras will include:

  • Featurette on the film with director Tinto Brass
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly designed artwork by The Red Dress
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Maitland McDonagh, illustrated with original archive stills.

Frivolous Lola (1998 – original title Monella)

One of the sunniest of Tinto Brass’s erotic comedies, this sets its breezy tone from the opening scene in which Lola (Anna Ammirati) cycles around a small Po Valley town in a flapping skirt that leaves nothing to the imagination. But it’s the 1950s, and her baker fiancée Masetto (Max Parodi) is determined that Lola remains a virgin until their wedding night. However, she is equally set on establishing whether or not he’s a good lover before they tie the knot. His dough-kneading technique seems promising, but how can she be sure without an expert to compare him with? In short, can Masetto live up to the erotic ideals professed by Lola’s mother’s lover (Patrick Mower)? Fortunately, the outwardly innocent town turns out to be a hotbed of licentiousness, with opportunities for voyeurism and maybe more around every corner – all in the interests of self-improving research, of course.

Featuring high definition Blu-ray and standard definition DVD presentation of the film, uncut and in widescreen for the first time and with optional English and Italian audio and newly translated English subtitles for the Italian audio.

Extras will include:

  • Original Trailer
  • Alternate Italian language opening and closing credits
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly designed artwork by The Red Dress
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Flint, illustrated with original archive stills