“Malizia” was a big hit in 1973 -it launched Laura Antonelli’s career and established the reputation of director Salvatore Samperi, an “iconoclast” film-maker. With the film, ‘the erotic comedy’ genre started teasing the Italian sexual taboos. It is a comedy, yes, but a comedy that is capable of unsettling and disturbing you. The idea of an affair between a younger man with an older woman might not be disturbing, in fact some people will find it even sensuous. But films like Malizia (Malicious) explores deeper than the sexual surface. It tries to understand the psychology behind it, which to some might seem uncomfortable.
Controversies aside, there are few films that can delve into a subject of taboo and execute it with precision and honesty. It can be considered transgressive, yes but such films are bold enough to do away with moral regulations and explaining from an ethical point of view. Here’s the list of movies similar to Malizia that are our recommendations. If you are interested, you might be able to stream some of these movies like Malizia on Netflix or Amazon Prime or even Hulu.
12. Summer of ’42 (1971)
As is evident from the posters or the trailers, clearly, ‘Summer of ’42’ is one of the boldest “Older Woman Younger Man” movies to date. And mind you, it was released in 1971 when such a relationship could’ve been more stigmatized than what it is today. ‘Summer of ’42’ follows a rather simplistic storyline -during the summer of 1942, three pubescent teenagers Hermie, Oscy and Benjie are leading an idyllic life, far from the commotion of the second world war. Enter Dorothy, the wife of an army pilot whose husband is on the war front.
Although Hermie is the emotional chap from his group, he approaches Dorothy and both form a symbiotic relationship wherein Dorothy would meet Hermie in exchange for small chores. Notwithstanding their expectations, the relationship grows out of proportions, something even Hermie and his friends, who actively wanted to explore their sexualities but not to the extent of sex, couldn’t have imagined in the wildest of their dreams. Widely considered as one of the most successful movies till date, time corrected, the movie also went on to win an Academy Award for the best background score. So, what’s your excuse today?
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