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Bali (1970)

Incontro d'amore (original title)
Glenn and Carlo are in the beautiful and exotic island of Bali where they work on writing a photo book. Glenn is in the grip of a mystical crisis, influenced by the magical rituals of the place, converted to Hinduism.

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Fulvio Gicca Palli (story), Pier Giuseppe Murgia (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Steiner ... Glenn / Guide
Laura Antonelli ... Daria / Carlo's Wife
Umberto Orsini ... Carlo / photographer
Petra Pauly Petra Pauly ... Brigitte / Reverend's daughter
Johannes Schaaf Johannes Schaaf ... Bradford / Black magition
Ettore Manni ... Police Commissioner
Lydiawati Lydiawati ... Glimuk / Carlo's mistress (as Widyawati)
Mila Karmila Mila Karmila ... Ilsak / Glenn's Balinese Wife
Fifi Young Fifi Young ... Bali Woman
Ida Bagus Njana Ida Bagus Njana ... Tillem / Sculptor
Renato Spera Renato Spera ... Reverend / Brigitte's Father
Tjokorde Gde Agung Sukowati Tjokorde Gde Agung Sukowati ... Tjokorde / Tourist Agent
Tienpeka Blanco Tienpeka Blanco
Mila Kamilki Mila Kamilki
Carla Mancini
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Storyline

Glenn and Carlo are in beautiful and exotic island of Bali where they work on writing a photo book. Glenn is in the grip of a mystical crisis, influenced by the magical rituals of the place, converted to Hinduism, attends a holy friend, Tillem and lives as a polygamist with two indigenous wives. Carlo is skeptical, he doesn't believe in anything, only in his work, even if he doesn't disdain the company of a faithful indigenous lover. When his wife Daria joins him in Bali she makes a great friendship with the mystic Glenn and ends up falling in love with him. Daria and Carlo have an open marriage. Despite the love of Daria, Glenn kills himself after having performed a magic ritual that binds him to the Hindu holy man. Carlo returns to Rome alone in the throes of a depressive crisis, after three years he thinks he is seeing his wife again, but it is only a prostitute that he identifies with his wife. Tragic ending with Carlo who kills the alleged wife and commits suicide, after ...

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 December 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Avventura a Bali See more »

Filming Locations:

Bali, Indonesia See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Alfredo Bini, who had had experience with his Bora Bora film, bought the rights to the film from the producers who were frustrated with the box office of Bali, wrote additional scenes for Umberto Orsini and a new character featuring Ilona Staller in Rome, with new director (Paolo Heusch) and cinematographer (Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli), and re-edited the film entirely, with several scenes cut to keep the running time circa the 90 minute mark. The film was re-released as Incontro d'amore, only, though some posters show this title superimposed to the earlier Bali title. See more »

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Referenced in I Am Self Sufficient (1976) See more »

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Absurd hoodoo-voodoo on Bali!
18 February 2014 | by Darkling_ZeistSee all my reviews

Ugo Liberatore has fashioned a rather unusual confection in Bali. Part- murder mystery; part-existential melodrama; part-metaphysical erotika; part-exotic travelogue; that ultimately cannot help be be somewhat less than its rather exploitative parts. There is a bloody, giallo-esque murder at the beginning which engenders a rather clunky conceit of the ostensible wife-slayer, Umberto Orsini, relaying the heady Bali-bound tale of marital infidelity, Balinese hoodoo-voodoo; and the great, existential woes of the preternaturally sulky, blonde bombshell, John Steiner; who, unsatisfied with his two slinky, Asian honey-pot wives, finds the satiety he desires among the considerable, sun-warmed bosom of Orsini's voluptuous wife; played in rather somnambulist fashion by the super-sexy Antonelli; who does little more here than brood, and look inordinately delicious in her snug black bikini; which, as you might well imagine, is more than adequate compensation for her minuscule character development, and vapid stare. Again, highlighting the sterling plot; or lack thereof; or mentioning the spurious motivation of the comic book characters does the film no good deed at all: it is better to immerse the noggin with suitably robust libations, and then glory at this sunny bounty of giddy nonsense.

The story is hysterical, and palpably absurd, and can only be enjoyed if taken with an enormous pinch of hallucinogenics; but, miraculously, all the film's myriad faults do finally coalesce into a remarkably entertaining yarn; this is because A) it is all wholly, and unrelentingly absurd and B) The location and photography of the impossibly beautiful island paradise of Bali is truly sensational; and C) (a jolly good C it is too!) Giorgio Gaslini's score is lushness personified; slathering unctuously over the steamy proceedings like a sublime application of warm, slippery coconut oil, across the magnificently burnished busts of Laura Antonelli.


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