Cinema: La Diff

THE INNOCENT Directed by Luchino Visconti Screenplay by Susi Cecchi D'Amico, Enrico Medioli and Luchino Visconti

WIFEMISTRESS Directed by Marco Vicario Screenplay by Rodolfo Sonego

Laura Antonelli's cold beauty is on view—every single square centimeter of it—in two opulent and languidly erotic Italian films just released in the U.S. Curiously enough, not only does each production star Antonelli, but each is a turn-of-the-century costume drama dealing ironically with the torment of a philandering husband cuckolded by a young wife whom he assumes to be hopelessly frigid. Naturally, given these similarities, it is the...

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