Paprika ★★★½

After years of reading about Tinto Brass, I finally watched a film from the renowned Italian fetishist. I feel like I've come full circle, as Brass is parodying the films that got me interested in italian softcore in the first place. His borderline-hardcore approach to sex is more fantastical than his italian peers. This movie felt like a Jacques Demy musical: choreographed, lighthearted, and giddy. He's more artistic and unique, a fresh approach to the genre I hadn't seen and I really enjoyed it. Although I don't find my allegiance to Joe D'Amato faltering anytime soon, I'm still very excited to watch more of Tinto Brass' work.

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