Cinema: The Queens

While Swedish moviemakers are fa.mous for heavy-breathing sex, Italy's cinematic speciality seems to be confecting Decameron-like clusters of shorts that are nothing but spun-out risqué jokes—such as Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, The Birds, the Bees and the Italians and Boccaccio '70. The Queens is the latest of this genre, and it compares well with the others—thanks to its girls rather than its gags.

The felicitously feral Monica Vitti, for instance, comes on in a wild dash through wood and field with an aspiring rapist at her heels. She's down, she's up, she's down again...