LA MOGLIE PIU BELLA (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WIFE / 1970) (BLU-RAY)
Company: Twilight Time
Starring: Ornella Muti, Alessio Orano, Tano Cimarosa, Joe Sentieri, Enzo Andronico, Amerigo Tot
My Review and Thoughts:
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Yet again this is another blinded choice on my part. Never heard of or even knew this movie existed. That’s a total bonus for me going into this. I love going into to movie's with no knowledge of them. Twilight Time has done a great job in picking forgotten about films. Movies that seem to need dusting off and given a new chance, and this is one of those films.
This 1970’s crime drama is another fantastic choice for a special edition Blu-ray. I have often said in the past when reviewing some of the Twilight Time titles that I hope they adventure into some of these forgotten about Italian films, or obscure films that never see the light of day on a proper outlet like a Blu-ray. I was super excited to adventure into this reality with their release of the forgotten film 1974’s Appassionata, which might not be everyone’s taste but for a diehard movie lover it’s always a must. Also Twilight Time’s shocking adventure of resurrecting the forgotten 1969’s giallo film The Doll of Satan, I love overlooked films.
Directed by a one of a kind person. Screenwriter, director, actor, writer, Damiano Damiari. His films no matter of the style, drama, crime, Spaghetti Western, always tended to have a political or moral statement. The films always had a statement to say in one way or another. From 1966’s Spaghetti Western Classic, A Bullet for the General, to the Italian Crime drama films like Confessions of a Police Captain, to the one I am reviewing, The Most Beautiful Wife, which Twilight Time has lovingly brought out on a new outlet so this generation can experience it in a fresh way with a top quality high definition transfer.
Starring the very young, sweet, gorgeous Ornella Muti as the main character. This was her first movie and you can see her newness and yet as I have stated before in the Twilight Time Review of another release starring her, (which was her 12 movie Appassionata 1974) even with her newness you can see the sophisticated talent that shines on screen. She is still acting strong today, and as of this writing has a new movie coming out this year. She really captures in LA MOGLIE PIU BELLA and Appassionata truly dramatic role’s. Many will know her from the 1980’s Cult Classic Flash Gordon playing the character of Princess Aura.
To me I have a diehard movie loving need for these classic 70’s Italian crime drama’s. For some reason the Italian’s always did the right choices of crime stories, creating a whole world around themselves that only they could, and this film is a prime example of that overall reality of storytelling and filming.
The plot to this is a unique and perfected storyline. It’s really based on a real life event that happened in 1965. The life of a young teenage girl named Franca Viola who decided to take on the world by denying the Mafia and denying to go along with what her community wanted. She was supposed to submit to a young Mafia Don. She was kidnapped and raped over and over again and would be forced into marriage. Instead she said no, and would not go along with this horrible unspeakable secret that had been allowed to happen as a tradition. She went to the police and so begins her story of raging mobsters and her town looking down upon her. She refused to be a victim. What is so great about this film is the main star Omella Muti was only 14 years old at the time, giving her that authentic teenage reality, yet her amazing beauty and stunning model like image is flooring for someone of that age. Her talent is amazing. Raw, new and so authentic in this film. The movie comes across as very believable and dramatic in a way that people feel the raw emotions from the characters, and the haunting situation that is happening.
I have to mention the legend and master of the cinematography behind this film. He was and possibly is one of my favorite cinematographer’s, or at least Italian Cinematographer’s. The one and only Franco Di Giacomo. He was an award winning master. Sadly, he just died this year April 30th 2016, at the ripe old age of 83. He left a world of countless examples of his mastery and The Most Beautiful Wife is one of those. Many of his movies are some of my favorite films to return to over and over again. 71’s classic Four Flies on Grey Velvet. One of my personal favorites is 1972’s Who Saw Her Die? which starred the child actress Nicoletta Elmi who was in one of the greatest Italian Giallo horror films ever Dario Argento’s Deep Red. Giacomo did so many amazing features and it was fantastic as always to see his mastery at work on this lovely Blu-ray.
Audio: 4 out of 5
Video: 3.5 out of 5
What’s really great about this Special Edition is you get both an Italian and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks. It’s also a plus to hear the original language of any feature film. Now one can listen to both versions. The audio is spot on. Crystal clear. Pure ear candy. The visuals are crisp and vibrant at times. There are some small moments of deeper grain, but for an older film, lost by time or never given the proper treatment, it has never looked any better. Twilight Time has done a great job in both Audio and Video, as they always tend to do.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: Italian 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
1970 / Color
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Isolated Score Track: Now what makes me giddy with excitement, is who, is behind the music, to the soundtrack of this film. The one and only master himself, extraordinary, top-notch of all things music, Ennio Morricone. And one of the extra features as in most Twilight Time Blu-rays, is the extraordinary isolated music. You get to listen to just the music, and trust me, any music by Morricone is listening perfection, at its, crystal clarity. The special features are pivotal to this Blu-ray, and this extra is worth the purchase of the Blu-ray just to listen to the master and his wonderful ways.
Sicily, Ornella, the Mafia, and Beyond: This is an older feature, little over 45-minute retrospect on the film. Great interviews. A really wonderful program specially listening to the cast and crew about the film.
Introduction by Director Damiano Damiani. Runtime of about a minute. Great to hear the thoughts of the director about his film.
Original Theatrical Trailer
Again Twilight Time has chosen an important film to restore and give to a newer generation of film buffs. Diehard film lovers will take to this classic Italian crime drama. Fantastic direction, amazing performances, thick, believable plot. Twilight Time always amazes with the high quality care they give to their Blu-ray’s.
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