Giovanni Brass (Giovanni Brass) - director of films from Italy, most of his famous paintings are presented in the genre of erotic films.
Tinto (Tinto) - the second name of the future director, which he wore from birth.
Giovanni was born March 26, 1933 in the north of the country, in Milan (Milan). His grandfather was engaged in painting, with pleasure teaching his grandson the basics of creativity and always providing the boy with an easel and paint for drawing. Grandfather called the baby Tintoretto, or Tinto. Translated from Italian, “tinta” means “color”, and also “paint”. Giovanni liked the name so much that later he himself began to call himself that. The director admits that if he did not connect his life with the cinema, he would become an artist. Maybe that's why in all his films there is always a lot of color, they are colorful, bright, filled with light and expression.
About the grandmother it is known that she was from Odessa, where she graduated from high school. The girl went to receive further education in the Sorbonne, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, they left for Italy together.
After school, the young man went to college, choosing the profession of a lawyer. After completing his studies, he moved to France (France), where he began working in one of the prestigious and rich Parisian archives of the Cinematheque Francaise. Soon the work got bored with the creative nature of Giovanni and he leaves Paris (Paris), returning to Italy.
Getting started in the cinema
In Italy, Brass goes to work as an assistant director for such cinema meters as Alberto Cavalcanti and Roberto Rossellini. Learning from professionals, he is increasingly falling in love with the business he is starting to do. By the age of 30, the Italian decided to create his own paintings.
Tinto Brass at the beginning of his creative career shot films of various directions. In 1963, he presented his first comedy “Who works, he is lost” (“Chi lavora e perduto”), and in 1964, another “Flying Disc” (“Il disco volante”). The first and subsequent films were successfully rented, and the novice director had his fans.
At the same time as The Flying Disc, Brass is working on two episodes for the film “My Lady” (“La mia Signora”): “Bird” (“L'uccellino”) and “Car” (“L'automobile”). In both paintings, Tinto worked with actress Silvana Mangano and actor Alberto Sordi.
In 1966, the Yankee cinema western appeared on the screens telling about the confrontation of the hired killer to the leader of the bandits, keeping the entire population of the city in fear.
Since 1967, Tinto Brass films have turned to the direction of intellectual cinema. Pictures “Panting” (“Col cuore in gola”) and “Scream” (“L'urlo”, 1969) captivate not only the development of the plot, but also the thoughts of the director inscribed in the script.
In 1970, the melodrama “Departed” (“Dropout”) was released; in 1971, the drama “Vacation” (“La Vacanza”) was shot. Frank, deep, full of sensuality and contrasts plots are full of emotions, tragic scenes and spirituality.
In 1979, Brass presented a drama in the 18+ category, entitled “Action”. The film was one of the first created by the director in the erotic genre.
All the facets of the directorial talent of Tinto Brass begin to really play with bright colors when he addresses the topic of erotic productions.
At first, eroticism harmoniously woven into anti-fascist politics, as in the film “Salon Kitty” (“Salon Kitty”, 1975) or into the totalitarian regime of the ancient rulers, as in the film “Caligula” (“Caligula”, 1979). A landmark work in the director’s biography was La Chiave, created in 1983. All subsequent films are plot-simple melodramas filled with frank scenes, although they are created on the basis of the literary classics of the genre:
- The novel "The Key" by the playwright from Japan (Japan) Junichiro Tanizaki (Junichiro Tanizaki);
- The plays The Innkeeper (La locandiera) by the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni;
- The opera “Everybody Does It” (Cosi fan tutte) by the Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart;
- The novel “The Peeping” (“L'uomo che guarda”) by the Italian writer Alberto Moravia.
The films created by Brass did not become a standard in the direction of eroticism, but took pride of place in paintings admitted to a wide demonstration.
A subtle feature barely separates erotica from pornography, but thanks to some tricks Brass manages to undergo strict censorship and convey his work to the audience.
When watching movies, viewers clearly feel that they are spying on the development of events in the keyhole. A similar technique for creating paintings has become the director's calling card.
Personal life, women
Tinto Brass met his future wife Carla Cipriani (Carla Cipriani) on the set of his first comedy in 1963. His wife gave him a daughter Beatrice and son Bonifacio, became an ideological inspirer and chief assistant. The daughter gave the father of three grandchildren Lulu, Martin (Martin) and Mateo (Mateo).
In 2006, Tinto was widowed and could not recover for a long time after a bereavement.
Despite the not attractive appearance and age, the director’s novels with young beauty actresses now and then fall into the attention of the paparazzi.
In 2000, Yuliya Mayarchuk, an Italian actress from Ukraine, became an Italian passion. They met in one of the Neapolitan pizzerias where the girl worked as a waitress. Julia's short miniskirt drove the hot Italian crazy and led the girl to an acting career.
In 2016, next to Brasso, Caterina Varzi, a lawyer, psychoanalyst, screenwriter, and actress, began to be noticed. Katerina did not advertise in public their rapidly developing relationship, but the director himself did not hide his passion, everywhere demonstrating a new love in public.
Among the films of Tinto Brass there are no failed or incomprehensible works to the viewer.
The film "Caligula" tells the story of the four years of the reign of the most cruel emperor in the history of Rome. It also took 4 years to make the film. The film was ordered and owned by Bob Guccione, the creator and owner of the Penthouse Porn Magazine. During the installation of the film, he quarreled strongly with the director and forbade him to cut porn scenes. As a result, Guccione kicked off Brass and himself, as he could, edited the film. Due to this incident, screenwriter Gore Vidal refused to indicate his name in the credits. Today, the picture is still banned for showing in Belarus.
The film "Paprika" ("it Paprika", 1990) tells the story of a young girl who found a way to raise money for her own wedding. She went to a brothel, which the groom called her and wanted to leave after a couple of days. But the work so captivates the young lecherous woman that she stays there for a long time. Soon Paprika (the new name of the girl) finds out that the groom was also not going to be faithful to her. Opening the veil of the world of legal (at that time) prostitution in Italy, the director shows so many of its negative aspects that the shocking truth amazes the audience.
All the ladies do it
The film “All Ladies Do It” (Cosi fan tutte, 1992) presents to the audience the difficulties of relations between a young couple who experience marital infidelity, separation, think about loyalty and find their own path to family happiness. The film sounds the beautiful music of Mozart from the opera of the same name. In Russia, the picture saw the light on videotapes of Soyuz Video studio, later its implementation resumed on DVD - disks.
Peeping (L'uomo che guarda, 1993) is a drama from the Tinto Brass Presents Erotic Short Stories series intended for viewers over 18 years of age. Indiscreet episodes of carnal love fascinate with the realism of performance, draw the connection between the sensuality and emotionality of the main characters. Overwhelming desire fights against the principles accepted in society, secret passions break out, breaking the stereotypes of decent behavior.
The painting "Minx" ("Monella", 1998) is about a young virgin Lola and her fiancé Mazetto. The girl is doing her best to seduce her future husband to find out if he will be a good lover. Anna Ammirati, who played Lola, met Tinto Brass in an unusual setting. The director hit the car the future actress, who was riding a bicycle. Anna promised not to call the police in return for Brass filming her in one of her films.
Breaking the bans
The comedy-drama “Breaking the Bans" was shot about a young Carla from Venice, who comes to London to learn a language. The unexpected offer of the owner of a real estate agency opens up a world of lesbian pleasures to the girl. Carla is full of life, love, desire. Girls from summer London are as light as butterflies, the film is filled with scenes of transparent skirts, naked breasts and hips. The camera shoots many bright colors, beautiful views and interesting perspectives of the main character.
The erotic comedy “Oh Women!” (“Fallo!”, 2003) includes six different stories about couples that are already quite bored with each other. Love sooner or later ends, but jealousy remains, beautiful feelings are replaced by lies and betrayal. The film was banned from showing in the Republic of Singapore ("Republic of Singapore"), and in Germany (Germany) its truncated version was released. The picture in some places transcends the permissiveness accepted in society, causing fury among some viewers and giving satisfaction to others.
The melodrama “Vicious Relations” (“Unchaste relatioships”, 2002) is another episode from the short novel “Notes” that opens the curtain of innermost lusts and secret thoughts. A young girl changes her place of residence and stops at her uncle’s house. She provokes every member of the family into a vicious relationship ... A girl and a young man are waiting for their last train. At night, there is nobody in the subway, and they are filled with desires and feelings for each other ... A naked woman looks at her reflection in the mirror and vicious thoughts drive her to excitement ...
- Tinto Brass tried himself not only as a director, but also as a theater director. In performances, he adhered to the same interests as in recent films, so many of his premieres were banned from viewing;
- The director has always personally controlled the production of his films at each stage of creation;
- The film “Howl” was banned by censorship for demonstration for 6 years, because it contained elements of anarchist protest. However, the picture did not bring fame to its creator after the release of the screen;
- The film "Caligula" was allowed to show only 3 years after its creation. But even the cut scenes could not prevent the picture from glorifying its creator throughout the world;
- In 2012, the director completed a new interpretation of Calligula in the comedy genre titled “Who Killed Caligula?” (“Chi ha ucciso Caligola?”) In 3D. There are no cruel scenes in the film, which the first version abounds in, but full of gloomy humor and scenes designed only for viewers over 18 years old;
- Brass sometimes starred in his films in small episodes. In the film "Breaking the Inhibitions" ("Trasgredire", 1999), he re-shot the scene 30 times in which he touched Mayarchuk's priests without underwear.