Scandalous Masterpiece for director Luciano Ercoli
Italian title LUCREZIA GIOVANE [Young Lucrezia]
German title SÜNDEN DER LUCREZIA BORGIA [Sins of Lucrezia
starring: Simonetta Stefanelli ˇ Massimo Foschi ˇ Ettore Manni ˇ Elizabeth
Turner ˇ Fred Robsham
years of the 15th Century, the Borgia family of Italy are the most powerful
force in Europe. They were corrupt, sinister and deadly. The patriarch
was Rodrigo. In 1470, he managed to take over the Catholic Church and
become Pope Alessandro VI. His lecherous brother Sisto was appointed the
top ranking cardinal. Pope Alessandro had three children with his mistress
Vannozza Cattanei: two wildly ambitious sons Caesar and Juan, plus a girl,
Lucrezia. When Alessandro wanted to impose control over central Italy,
he arranged a marriage between Lucrezia and Giovanni Sforza, the Duke
of Milan. A year later, after the union proved no longer advantageous,
Alessandro called for an annulment, claiming that Giovanni was impotent.
In response, the young husband was forced to 'show his virility' in court
- before a leering audience - as he attempted unsuccessfully to engage
in intercourse with two prostitutes.
also a historical fact that the same year, Caesar killed his brother Juan
after learning of an incestuous relationship between him and sister Lucrezia.
Equally disturbing, once Lucrezia returned to Rome after getting released
from her marriage, she immediately goes to the Vatican where she is impregnated
by her father, the Pope. Director Luciano Ercoli uses all these lascivious
details to create an amazing, fascinating story that also includes Lucrezia's
tryst with a deformed dwarf in the dungeon and her lingering fear that
she will eventually become the slave of her brother Caesar, who also raped
her when she was a child.
film is an absolute masterpiece for director Luciano Ercoli. It is beautiful
and sweeping while also being incredibly lurid. It benefits from a stellar
cast, starting with gorgeous Simonetta Stefanelli in the complicated role
of Lucrezia (she is best known for playing Apollonia, Michael Corleone's
Sicilian wife [blown up in a car bomb] in The Godfather).
Massimo Foschi is also remarkable in his sinister portrayal of Caesar
Borgia. Cult fans remember him well for the lead in Ruggero Deodata's
CANNIBAL WORLD. The enigmatic Elizabeth Turner shines as Giulia,
the Pope's current prostitute mistress and friend of Lucrezia. She made
only a handful of films in the '70s (including Lucio Fulci's SEVEN
NOTES IN BLACK and Antonio Margheriti's CANNIBAL
APOCALYPSE) but virtually nothing is known about her personal
Luciano Ercoli actually helmed very few movies. This is his only historical
endeavor. Mr Ercoli is best known for his successful string of thrillers
PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION, DEATH
WALKS ON HIGH HEELS and DEATH
WALKS AT MIDNIGHT. He quit the movie business in 1977 after receiving
a large inheritance.
Italian film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; widescreen uncut
for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected trailers.
Sexual Situations/Nudity/Graphic Violence
for Mature Audiences