This is a very enjoyable piece of softcore erotica. If you're a fan of Tinto Brass, you'll know what to expect. It is light-hearted, breezy and absolutely charming. It is filled with Brass' perennial obsessions - hairy bushes and succulent bottoms. Sadly, no peeing beauties this time round.
Based on Alberto Moravia's book "L'Uomo che Guarda" (The One who Watches - Voyeur) it revolves around a young Italian Literature Professor who has a preference for watching rather than doing. He has a very apt name - Dodo. His seriously hot wife gets so fed up that she resorts to extramarital affairs and finally threatens divorce. Meanwhile Dodo is immersed in a world where everyone else is happily doing it. His bedridden father does it with the sexy nurse who goes around topless and often bottomless as well. His students are all doing it, sometimes in public. One pretty student invites him over for a threesome but sadly he can only get his kicks by watching. At the local nudist beach, everyone is at it. When he finally finds out who his wife is having her fling with, there is at last a happy ending - of sorts.
Newcomer Katarina Vasilissa, a blonde Polish photomodel-turned-actress, looks stunning as Dodo's sexy wife. Thankfully she spends most of the time undressed and engaged in happy activities both in bed and on the beach. Cristina Garavaglia as the naughty nurse is equally watchable. Where blonde Katarina is smoulderingly hot, brunette Cristina is gaminely sexy. All the other bit players are equally attractive.
For softcore erotica, Voyeur is much more explicit than usual. There is copious full frontal nudity. Tinto Brass' lovingly lingering beaver shots are in abundance. I especially loved the Cigar scene (a tribute to Bill Clinton). Strangely, there are also a lot of birdie shots. And very rarely for softcore, there is a scene showing a steadily rising birdie, all the way up to full tumescence. Of course there are also various scenes of simulated sex. Cowboy and doggy. All looking pretty real. And very hot.
The DVD from Cult Epics is in 1.78:1 (enhanced for widescreen TV). It looks very nice with soft pastel colours, soft-focus lensing and a pretty decent transfer. Very clean print. However I believe, this was shot in 1.66:1 (like other Tinto Brass films) and subsequently cropped across the top and bottom to fit the new 1.78:1 widescreen TV. Very sad but what can I say. The fullscreen crowd who hate black bars have taken over the studios.
This comes in the original Italian with optional English subtitles. Make sure you get the original Italian Uncut version (in Italian), and not the separate English dubbed version made for the US market. In the accompanying interview, Brass makes clear that he takes no responsibility for any cutting in the American version. All in all a fine addition to the Tinto Brass collection.