(Martine Brochard, Francesco Casale, Tinto Brass, Franco Branciaroli, Cristina Garavaglia, et al / DVD / R / (1994) 2008 / Cult Epics)
Overview: THE VOYEUR (ITALIAN LANGUAGE, UNCENSORED VERSION) features Italian director Tinto Brass is at his erotic best. The sensual tale follows the lives of Dodo, a young university professor; Sylvia, his beautiful but unfaithful wife; Alberto, Dodo's roguish father; and Fausta, Alberto's uninhibited maid. As the film's voyeur, Dodo watches the bedroom affairs of his father and his maid and also features Dodo's own sexual encounters with his oft-absent wife. This classy Brass production features beautiful settings and excellent cinematography.
DVD Verdict: I would not hesitate to rank 'The Voyeur' among the best of Tinto Brass' films available outside Italy, on a level with Cheeky and All Ladies Do It (Caligula is a category in itself), both in terms of its general filmic qualities and of its sensuality. The film is a feast of voluptuous and juicy female flesh embraced with the warmth and sincere admiration characteristic of Brass.
Brass' films are devoid of even a second of nastiness: this is erotica, which far from being degrading for women or propagandistic of male stereotypes, can even be seen as feminist. Among the film's characters, Fausta, the Professor's maid, steals the show with her playful and totally guilt-free naughtiness.
Sylvia, the wife, is somewhat colourless, but still a knock-out. The incestuous undertow, with Sylvia having an adulterous affair with her husband's father and resembling his mother, is another fine touch. The Professor himself is a caricature and as such remains shallow, while Dodo, Sylvia's husband is convincing as the hapless shadow of a successful father, who bears the marks of a traumatic childhood.
As with most of Tinto Brass films the story is light and the English is dubbed. The story (what there is) told mostly in flashbacks has one twist but consists mostly of the male lead watching naked women and missing his wife who is having sex with someone else. Compared to most soft core the cinematography and lighting are excellent. With plenty of full frontal nudity, attractive leads and cheesy humour you couldn't want for more. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Interview with Director (2007)
Introducing new starlet Angelita Franco (2007)
Tinto Brass Trailers