Crazy Desire

Crazy Desire (originally titled as La voglia matta, also known as The Crazy Urge) is a 1962 Italian comedy film directed by Luciano Salce.[1] It launched the film career of Catherine Spaak.[2] The film initially was banned by the Italian censors and then cut in some parts and released with a ban for persons under 14 years.[3]

Crazy Desire
Directed byLuciano Salce
Written byCastellano & Pipolo
Luciano Salce
StarringUgo Tognazzi
Catherine Spaak
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyErico Menczer
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Antonio Berlinghieri (Ugo Tognazzi) is a 39-year-old engineer and father travelling on a highway one summer in his sports car when he sees a broken-down car with a group of teenagers. He stops to help them but soon discovers that the young men have a frivolous attitude. At first, he thinks of leaving to continue his trip but then notices the beauty of Francesca (Catherine Spaak), a fifteen year old girl. He decides to remain with the group to try to seduce or marry the girl, despite the difference in age.



  1. Enrico Giacovelli. La commedia all'italiana. Gremese Editore, 1995.
  2. Franca Faldini, Goffredo Fofi. L'Avventurosa storia del cinema italiano raccontata dai suoi protagonisti, 1960-1969. Feltrinelli, 1981.
  3. Gino Barni (12 March 1962). "Questa è "La voglia matta" che la censura ha bocciato". La Stampa.

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