A Night Full of Rain
The full name of the film is "The end of the world, in our usual bed, on a
night full of rain." That's an evocative, poetic title, even if it is
prolix. Outrageously long titles were the signature of Director Lina
Wertmuller. This one is relatively short compared to "Un fatto di
sangue nel comune di Siculiana fra due uomini per causa di una vedova. Si
sospettano moventi politici. Amore-Morte-Shimmy. Lugano belle. Tarantelle.
Tarallucci e vino." (Aka: "Blood Feud")
Wertmuller's titles were not the only sign that she marched to a different
drummer. She occasionally appeared on American talk shows back in the 70s,
wearing eyewear from the Elton John collection and making outrageous
pronouncements in heavily-accented English with exaggerated stresses: "Eet
The film itself is typical 1970s Italian arthouse fare, filled with usual
excesses of that genre: disjointed narrative, people reciting political
speeches for dialogue, bad dubbing, interminable close-ups of faces,
people speaking as a Greek chorus, socialist politics, characters without
names, and so forth. In other words, it's not the kind of film that would pack
the American theaters for the Warner Brothers studio that financed it.
Before she made this film, Wertmuller's reputation in Europe had prompted
Warner to offer her a four-picture deal to make English-language
films. This was the first, and it performed so badly that it would also be
the last. When the Warner execs saw the box office results, their legal
team promptly sought the quickest way out of Wertmuller's contract.
The basic premise of the film is to portray the turbulent relationship
between a male chauvinist Italian man and a liberated American feminist.
If you have that much information and know the title, I've already spoiled
it for you, because that's all there is. The two of them are in bed on a
rainy night in the later stages of a long relationship. They are arguing,
remembering, arguing, reconciling, remembering, fighting physically,
reconciling, threatening to leave, remembering, reconciling, fucking, fighting some
You get the idea.
Although the imagery in this film is spectacular, it
is the lowest-rated Wertmuller film at IMDb.
- (7.86) - Seven
- (7.50) - Love
and Anarchy (1973)
- (7.28) - Swept
- (7.24) - 12
registi per 12 cittÓ (1989)
- (7.04) - Mimý
metallurgico ferito nell'onore (1972)
- (6.88) -
Francesca and Nunziata (2001) (TV)
- (6.77) - Io
speriamo che me la cavo (1992)
- (6.76) - I
- (6.62) - Sabato,
domenica e lunedý (1991)
- (6.10) -
Ferdinando e Carolina (1999)
- (6.04) -
Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It's Love (1989)
- (6.00) - The
- (5.95) - Summer
Night, with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil
- (5.94) - Blood
- (5.87) - Un
complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti (1986)
- (5.80) - The
Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser in a Whirl of Sex and
- (5.75) -
A Night Full of Rain
I find Wertmuller's best films to be utterly unenjoyable, so you can well
imagine that I found this an ordeal to watch.
So why watch it?
Quite a good reason. This is the first time it has
been on R1 DVD, and it includes a nice clear topless scene from Candice
Bergen. So here's
your chance to get a good look at Murphy Brown's little titties.
(Well, the right one anyway. See below)