JOE D’AMATO WEEK: Vizio e provocazione (1996)

One of the hardest things about a week of D’Amato films is finding SFW box cover art that won’t get flagged by Facebook. So if you see a lot of pictures of Joe’s smiling face instead of the actual poster art, that’s why.

A period drama set in the 1920s, Provocation is about Carlo (Gianni De Martis, who is in a bunch of Tinto Brass movies), an inn owner at odds with his sexually curious grandson Gianni. While they try and keep the inn in business, Carlo’s wife is sleeping with a guest while her husband sleeps with every woman that stays there — while his grandson secretly watches.

Then Marilena (Erika Savastani, who was also in plenty of Brass movies and Zora the Vampire) visits the hotel and people lose their minds. Like they can’t even look at her without starting to go insane. I mean, I get it, but they turn into wolves from a Tex Avery cartoon.

Man, I feel like a broken record but the 90s softcore D’Amato films are rough to get through because you can see the talent is there. However, he’s just going through the motions now. In the last three years of his life, D’Amato would make nearly a hundred adult films. That’s an insane schedule to be on, but he did it, and he wasn’t really worried with making art.

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