Kino Lorber’s Au Pair Girls and Cult Epics’ Cheeky arrive on Blu-ray today. The bawdy sex comedies from Val Guest and Tinto Brass are naughty guilty pleasures with an international spin on the fleshy farces that we recently explored in American territory. Some of the greatest sex comedies emerged from the 1960s and 1970s — a lighthearted healer for times of social, economic, and political unrest abroad. While the female form featured aplenty in these escapist entries, several sexy romps depicted women who had equally erotic intentions — a different kind of emancipation that attempted to explore serious matters with a knowing wink to match the jiggling flesh on display. We examined a variety of international sex comedies below — some wry and bittersweet, and others positively fluffy. Tell us your favorites, won’t you?
Giovanni Boccaccio’s collection of 100, 14th-century medieval tales told by ten different narrators was adapted by four of the top Italian directors during the 1960s: Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica. Boccaccio ‘70 featured Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider, and Marisa Solinas in the four-part anthology about the complexities of love and sex in the modern age, and the comedic moral hypocrisies that ensue. Marriage, infidelity, male fantasy/inadequacies, and female empowerment are explored throughout. While the film examines Italy’s postwar socio-economic landscape and the double standards between men and women, Boccaccio ‘70 is still a fun sex romp with killer curves.