Cinema: Shaking the Bedclothes

High Infidelity draws and quarters the subject of extramarital dalliance, figuratively shaking the bedclothes to uncover four zesty episodes of an Italian comedy distinguished now for lively direction, now for superior performances. Its format is a series of irregular triangles edged with homosexuality, fetishism, jealousy and greed.

In The Scandal, Hero Nino Manfredi, whose face is a blah-relief of middle-class mores, skillfully portrays a vacationing businessman who imagines an intrigue between his voluptuous young wife (Fulvia Franco) and a handsome archaeologist—until he gets a bizarre surprise. Manfredi is nearly matched by Monica Vitti,...

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