Sunday, March 1, 2009

Avanti! (1972)


Another one of my favorite movies, that I never tire of watching is "Avanti!". This movie was released to theatres in 1972.

In a nutshell, the story is a successful businessman (Jack Lemmon) who goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.

Plot Summary: Baltimore industrialist Wendell Armbruster (Jack Lemmon) crosses paths with London shop girl Pamela Piggott (Juliet Mills) when they come to Ischia to pick up the bodies of her mother and his father, who have been killed in an automobile accident after a ten-year summertime affair. Straitlaced Wendell tries to avoid a scandal while free-spirited Pamela is impressed by the romantic setting. After some confusion with the bodies and a blackmail attempt by unscrupulous locals, Wendell and Pamela extend their parent's affair into the next generation.

You'll remember the English actress Juliet Mills from the short run TV show "Nanny and the Professor" (1970-1971). She exudes an adorable personality and makes the story so much fun.

The Director was Billy Wilder. I thought he did a superb job in the timing of the jokes.

And for anyone who understands the laid back way of how the Italian's 'work' and think, it's an absolute laugh riot from beginning to end.

Caution: Being a 'foreign' film it does have some brief nudity but it is all very tastefully done and does fit into the story.


PS: Off subject but the first race of the season for World SuperBike starts today at 4:00 PM EST on Speed channel. It should be really exciting as the new rider for Yamaha, Ben Spies (pronounced SPEEZE), has the pole position today. He's American and we're pulling for him.

I'm gonna have my 'secretary' (i.e. answer machine) hold all my calls this afternoon ... [lol]

♥ ∞


steviewren said...

Jack Lemmon is a favorite of mine. I saw one of his movies on TCM a while back that I had never seen before. Unfortunately, I didn't catch the name. He was a comic strip writer who tested all of his stunts first. Does my synopsis ring any bells with you?

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Hi Stevie ~ YES! I think it's the 1965 misogynist comedy "How To Murder Your Wife". Some of the stars are: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas (Jack's valet), Eddie Mayehoff, Claire Trevor, Sidney Blackmer, Max Showalter, Jack Albertson ... just to name a few. It's a fun movie to watch but I also enjoy Jack Lemmon. He was consistantly funny.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your snow ... all we have is heavy winds and overcast skies. Yucky. ♥ ∞

Linda said...

Oh, I love Jack Lemmon! I think I have seen that movie, actually. Hey, today is the THIRD NASCAR race, Liam wanted you to know, LOLOL. BLESSINGS

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

We have the movie on DVD now (isn't modern life wonderful!?). I finally got to see it uncut and it is mucho better than the TV version. :o)
Have fun watching NASCAR Liam! [waving his way] We'll be glued to our new 47" flat screen TV watching World Superbike. Wahoo!!
((Hugs)) to y'all. ♥ ∞

Lanny said...

No, no you can't suck me in, you can't I tell you, I will not watch another one of your "trailers" the whole stinking movie is on youtube, I watch the whole thing, I have no self control, and then where is that hour and a half I say!!!!

Ahh, Juliet Mills, another of my favorites. I wonder if my daughters secretly wish they were any of the current actresses like I had fantasized as a kid? Hope not.

Janeen said...

I've never heard of this one before. Looks funny! I love that era of movies... classic!

I'm enjoying your Sunday Movie Reviews, keep them coming if you don't have a different post for the weekends, they are fun!

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Hi Lanny ~ You know I did that on purpose! I'm evil ... evil I tells ya! I wanted you to spent worthless hours at YouTube! HAR HAR (lol)
Gosh I hope kids don't want to emulate the crap I see cavorting on modern TV. Yuck.

Hi ChaCha Janeen ~ Avanti! is truly a funny movie. I hope you get to see it uncut sometime. The TV versions are always too butchered.
You know, it would be fun to profile a different classic movie each week. I just might do that.

Thanks y'all for stopping by! ♥ ∞

Marie Reed said...

I am soo putting this on my Glowria list (that netflix in France:°

JBA said...

Howdy! Hope you are feeling better after your trip to the ER a week or so ago.

The movie sounds interesting- I need to subscribe to Netflix and catch up on some of this old stuff. If I could slow down a little bit, that would help.

I just lost a week and I'm not sure where it went! If you see it laying around, give it a burger and a beer.

Happy Monday! JBA

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Marie ~ I think you'll really enjoy it.

Jennifer ~ Sure, would you like fries with that?? ha ha ♥ ∞

MuseSwings said...

A blogadventure awaits! Start packing!

Tired Dad said...

I'm a Jack Lemmon fan, never seen him turn in a bad performance in any movie I've seen him in. I don't recall seeing this one though. I may have to make a run to Blockbuster...