Gloria Guida is a standout in the erotica industry. Back in her prime (during the ’70s, that is), she used to be one of the most popular sleaze actresses in the world, and understandably so, since she had both a charming persona and breathtakingly good looks (and, you know, willingness to show a lot of skin). Mostly known for her work in light-hearted Italian sex comedies, her filmography is interesting because of how similar in style most of her pictures are, despite being handled by various directors and producers. Her cinema isn’t something I’d say has artistic merit, and that’s simply because her works were more-or-less churned out with near-nothing budgets and terrible writing backing up each endeavor.
All that being said though, her role in shaping the sex-exploitation genre (of which she was a staple resource) is not to be forgotten. Usually playing the innocent dirty girl, Guida has left her mark in film history, and for that reason alone, I think it’s important that we look into her works. Here’s the list of top Gloria Guida films selected from her vast filmography. You can watch some of these best Gloria Guida movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. La Novizia (1975)
Okay, there are a couple of scenes in this film that are so memorable that they have been etched onto my brain. ‘La Novizia’ is a terrible flick, completely forgettable plot-wise and featuring one of Guida’s few performances that she doesn’t feel cut out for. She plays a nun who takes care of a dying old man, one whose nephew has come around to pay a visit. He’s the love interest, of course, but there’s really no electricity to be found between the lovers, and that’s possibly the film’s biggest flaw. It’s got ample exploitative nudity, but carries a style that is so unfocused (even for a sleaze-flick like this) that by the end, your purposes for finishing the movie converge to just one. That little aspect of it, though, I find appreciable, re-confirming my decision to put it on this list.
9. La Minorenne (1974)
‘La Minorenne’ is a by-the-numbers Guida film (I mean, that’s a way to describe her filmography as a whole, but this one in particular is mostly ordinary), following one of those typical sex comedy cliche stories, with her playing a catholic schoolgirl who falls in love with a native sculptor from her place after conducting excruciatingly long ‘trial and error’s with a couple other boys she meets along the way. There’s nothing amusing about this film, but I did enjoy just how incredibly insane its first quarter was, what with completely nonsensical occurings and strange scenarios that call for sudden, softcore banging. It is a very interesting film, if you see it for reasons other than seeping artistic excellence from its veins, but even if you go for fun, there isn’t much to be had. Guida, as always, is fantastic to look at, and she isn’t too bad in her role.