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The Key (1983)

La chiave (original title)
In 1940s Venice, after twenty years of marriage, a Professor and his younger wife witness the passion wane. Now, all that remains is to confess the rousing thoughts to an elaborate diary hoping to break free from ties and inhibitions.

Director:

Tinto Brass

Writers:

Jun'ichirô Tanizaki (novel), Tinto Brass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Finlay ... Nino Rolfe
Stefania Sandrelli ... Teresa Rolfe
Franco Branciaroli Franco Branciaroli ... Laszlo Apony
Barbara Cupisti ... Lisa Rolfe
Armando Marra Armando Marra
Maria Grazia Bon Maria Grazia Bon ... Giulietta
Gino Cavalieri Gino Cavalieri ... Don Rusetto
Piero Bortoluzzi Piero Bortoluzzi ... Memo Longobardi
Irma Veithen Irma Veithen ... The Nurse
Eolo Capritti Eolo Capritti
Maria Pia Colonnello Maria Pia Colonnello
Milly Corinaldi ... Giustina
Edgardo Fugagnoli Edgardo Fugagnoli
Luciano Gasper Luciano Gasper
Giovanni Michelagnoli Giovanni Michelagnoli ... Dr. Fano
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Storyline

As the rise of the Italian Fascism makes its visible presence in noble 1940s Venice, Professor Nino Rolfe and his much younger wife, the sumptuous Italian beauty, Teresa, sadly, after twenty years of marriage, witness their enthusiasm wither and the passion wane. Inevitably, all that remains now, is to let his imagination run wild and confess his boldly intimate and rousing thoughts to his elaborate diary, in the hope that Teresa will soon find it and read it. There, in his frank and unrestricted confessions, against all risk of being judged as a vile and corrupt man, Nino would admit all the things that he would never be able to say in person, urging his Goddess Teresa to finally get rid of her painful and revolting modesty. The faithful diary may be locked away in safety but the precious key is hidden in plain sight. Will innocent Teresa ever discover it, and with it, the way to unlock what quickens the faint, yet willing heart? Written by Nick Riganas

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An Erotic Masterpiece! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 October 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Key See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Stefania Sandrelli once said of this movie: "I like to play all parts. If I have to be nude, I have to be nude. But I never have the impression of being naked on the set. Yes, I was a little afraid of this film at first. The script shocked me - and amused me because the subject is nothing but sex. Nothing else is discussed in the film." See more »

Goofs

In the scene Laszlo shows Nino how to use an instant camera. That was not possible in the period the story takes place (Mussolini's fascist Italy). They are using a Polaroid Land Camera model 95 and its production was from 1948 to 1953. See more »

Quotes

Teresa Rolfe: Careful, Laszlo. I wouldn't follow my husband. You never know where you're going to end up!
Nino Rolfe: If only you knew! If only you knew the half of it...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema and 1987 video version was cut by 38 secs by the BBFC to remove a shot of a man's erection seen through his open shorts and a female masturbation scene, and additional edits were made to optically darken visible shots of female genitals. The 2001 Arrow DVD features the uncut print. See more »

Connections

Remake of Odd Obsession (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Inno dei giovani fascisti
Written by Giuseppe Blanc
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Don't throw away The Key
13 December 2017 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Just from the opening scene it's evident that Tinto Brass is in a class of his own as a filmmaker. A beautifully shot period piece in which an ageing husband gets aroused by his wife falling for her daughter's boyfriend (kind of a ménage a quatre), simply because it arouses him to see his wife aroused. I'm not into cuckolding, but it's actually a sweet, romantic film in a way, just with a lot of visual fawning over women's exposed buttocks. Tinto Brass is like that. I've heard about him but not really seen much so far. I'm glad this is beginning to change.


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