Cinema: Slysistrata in Sicily

Jessica (United Artists). "I have to hurry," says the young American widow (Angie Dickinson) who has just become midwife to the village of Forza d'Agrò, Sicily. "I have to deliver a baby." The young Sicilian farmer grins slyly and replies: "If the baby is a boy, he will wait." The rest of Forza d'Agrò's male population is not so subtle in its compliments. As Angie joggles over the cobblestones on her Vespa, the baker watches her out of sight while absently patting two round loaves of bread, and the farmers' furrows develop empathetic curves. The women of the village can't exactly...

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