I just saw Avanti! last night on the Retro channel. Has anyone else seen it and what did you think of it.
This was an excellent dark comedy, much less insane than “Some like it Hot”. It seemed like a more intelligent film and I really enjoyed it.
There were some great little exchanges in the film. I especially noted the Hotel Manager asking about the safety of taking a job in Damascus and the American Envoy describing in detail what a powder keg the region in and then the Hotel Manager goes, “I guess I should take the NYC job.” to which the envoy replies, “Oh, in that case take Damascus.” (This was 1972 after all)
I was surprised to see Juliet Mills in the nude and weighing a lot more than I remember her from in the “Nanny and the Professor”. I found on the IMDB that she gain 25 pounds to get the role. She was charming in the film and played off Jack Lemmon perfectly. The supporting cast was great.
The music and setting was beautiful. I wonder how accurate the portrayal of Southern Italy was. I know that my grandparent’s homeland was notorious for long lunches and crazy paperwork, so I am guessing that it was only exaggerated for comedic value and not totally off the mark.