Peccato Veniale free movie download
Directed by: Salvatore Samperi
Actors: Laura Antonelli, Alessandro Momo and Orazio Orlando
After the success of Malizia (1973), which was a hit movie not only in Italy but a blockbuster all over the world, there was enormous pressure on the director Salvatore Samperi, to create a sequel to Malizia.
But back in those days sequels were not very popular with the fans and Italian movies were no exception.
Italian press played a major role in the creation of Peccato Veniale or Lovers and Other Relatives/Venial Sins (1974), as not a single day went by, with reporters asking Salvatore Samperi, "when will the sequel to Malizia be released?".
Such was the success of Malizia, that Salvatore Samperi was sub-consciously forced to create a movie similar to Malizia with the same cast.
Any other movie with a different casting, would have been curtains for Salvatore Samperi, the director.
Laura Antonelli who was little known outside Italy before Malizia, is now an internationally acclaimed actress, hence.. had to keep her clothes on, atleast for the next few movies.
So an important decision was made by the director Salvatore Samperi (fully aware that international press will scrutinize each and every scene in the movie) that Peccato Veniale or Venial Sins, will be devoid of any nude or sex scenes.
Italian movies are well known for dishonoring sacred relationships, as well as for their abundance of sex and nude scenes.
The funny part is each and every Italian director specializes in a 'sex theme', which is very unique to their movies and are never copied by other directors.
For example, Tinto Brass is best known for his obsession with small breasts and voluptuous buxoms, whereas Salvatore Samperi is an absolute savage when it comes to making incest movies.
He has virtually no respect for sacred relationships and has dishonored every possible blood relationship.
Compared to his movie Scandalo where a single mother encourages her male partner to have sex with her teenage daughter or The Dark Side of Love, which deals with the unspeakable brother-sister sexual relationship.
Salvatore Samperi was very careful in selecting his incest theme for Peccato Veniale, as the relationship is only between a younger brother and his elder brother's wife, which was indeed very mild for the high standards set by Salvatore Samperi.
Set in the beautiful sandy beaches of coastal Italian city of Versillia, Alessandro Momo plays a young, red blooded teenager,who is just discovering his inexplicable feelings for women, especially his elder brother's wife Laura Antonelli.
His elder brother Renzo played by Orazio Orlando, is always 'out of station' for business meetings, leaving Laura and Momo alone in the serene beaches of Versillia.
Renzo also has an unquenchable desire for the maid Monica Guerritore, but Salvatore Samperi plays it safe and totally avoids any nude scenes of the maid Monica Guerritore, as well.
Overall Lovers and Other Relatives/Venial Sins is a slow paced movie, which deals with the taboo romance of a teenager and his brother's wife, who is almost 15 years older than him.
Peccato Veniale may not have evoked the same response as Malizia, but the movie is still popular with todays generation and watched eagerly, almost 45 years after it's release.