ITALY

LA CHIAVE The Key

1983 – 35mm – colore – 116’

 

Direction: Tinto Brass

Screenplay: Tinto Brass, from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki

Cinematography: Silvano Ippoliti

Editing: Tinto Brass

Set design: Paolo Biagetti

Music: Ennio Morricone

Costumes: Jost Jakob

Cast: Stefania Sandrelli, Frank Finlay, Franco Branciaroli, Maria Grazia Bon, Armando Marra, Barbara Cupisti

Producer: Giovanni Bertolucci

Production: San Francisco Film

 

SYNOPSIS

Venice, on the eve of the Second World War. Old professor Nino Rolfe, Art Biennale director, unable to establish an authentic bond with his younger wife Teresa, who appears cold and indifferent to his advances, deliberately leaves unattended the key of the drawer in which he keeps his diary, where he writes down his lustful sexual fantasies. Teresa reads the diary and, intrigued by the game, starts one of her own, writing about the passion she feels for Laszlo, a young Hungarian man, her daughter Lisa’s boyfriend. The newfound chemistry between husband and wife won’t be enough to save their relationship from a tragic ending.

 

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

“I liked the story and I liked Tanizaki, the most “western” of eastern writers (…) All of this plus Venice, a Venice made of light. But you never see the typical tourist sights of Venice in the film; I believe that Venice is all about lights, colours, refractions. (…) Sandrelli accepted the part because she was a very sensual woman and actress. In the film, she provided the character of Teresa with her own womanly sensuality, making her different from so many other characters whom, over the years, I shaped myself throughediting…”

(Tinto Brass, fromMonamour – Il cinema erotico di Tino Brass, Nocturno Dossier No. 25, August 2004)