Cinema: Knee Slapper

DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS

Directed and Written by Bruno Barreto

There's a marvelously funny scene in this cheerful Brazilian comedy—based on a novel by Jorge Amado—that depends for its effect on two social elements that would seldom be found together in a Hollywood or even European movie. One is enough permissiveness to allow the filming of nude actors going vigorously through the motions of sexual intercourse. The other that there is enough strictness and propriety so that the niceties of marital faithfulness and the awful pratfall of cuckoldry matter a great deal....

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