Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quando gli uomini armarono la clava... e con le donne fecero din-don

Here is a rare Cavegirl film starring the gorgeous Nadia Cassini (more on her in the next post), the 1971 Italian comedy film Quando gli uomini armarono la clava... e con le donne fecero din-don (When Men were Armed with Clubs and Women Played Ding-dong). 

This is an update of Aristophanes' Ancient Greek play the Lysistrata.  To ram the point home Cassini's character is actually called Lisistrata (or Listra in the American dubbed version called when Women Played Ding-dong, released in 1974).

Two rival prehistoric tribes, the cave dwelling Cavernicoli,  and the lake-dwelling Acquamanni are almost constantly at war.

During a rare period of peace a caveman, Ari, wins the young virgin, Lysistrata (Cassini), in a pig catching contest but their attempts to have nuptual "ding-dong" are constantly interrupted by battles between the tribes as Ari has to go off to fight. 

Lysistrata, fed up with the fact that Ari seems to prefer war than her (he must be an idiot!) organises the women of both tribes to go on sa ex strike and they leave their respective villages for a mountain hideaway until the men opt for peace. 

We actually caught some of this truly dreadful film on Italian TV some years ago and the only thing in its favour is the number of high quality Italian starlets prancing around in minimal cavegirl outfits (and often less).

Do you prefer your prehistoric women dressed in grass...

The cavegirls favour the prototypical fur bikini ensemble whilst their lake dwelling caverns go in for some enticing grass numbers.

...or fur?

The Director and co-writer was Bruno Corbucci  (1931-1996) best known for writing the screenplay of  the seminal spaghetti western, Django (1966). He directed over 50 films between 1965 and 1995 so he wasn't exactly Stanley Kubrick. 

More notoriously he wrote and directed Messalina, Messalina (1977) which was also known as Caligula 2.  The latter film was quickly churned out using the sets and costumes from Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione's Caligula (1979) as it looked like the original film might never get released and the producers were desperate to make any money back they could. Messalina, Messalina starred Penthouse Pet of the Year for 1975 Anneka Di Lorenzo (real name Marjorie Lee Thoreson) and was just as dreadful as this cavegirl film but at least it was redeemed somewhat by the sets and the presence of not just Anneka but Penthouse model Lori Wagner as well. 

Likewise Quando gli uomini... is only bearable because of the presence of Ms Cassini (technically at the time Contessa Cassini) and she will be the subject of our next post.

It is available on DVD in the US under the American title of When Women Played Ding-dong but the DVD version has 13 minutes cut from the Italian original which is basically all the nudity.  Americans are peculiar about nudity!

The German version treats the film as a sequel to the earlier When Women had Tails and When Women lost their Tails (more on which anon) which, apart from the prehistoric setting they are not.  The German DVD uses the cut US version too, sadly.


Incidentally, the annoying theme tune of the film seems to be largely based on The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird, which recently reached number 3 in the UK music charts as a result of an (unsuccessful) internet campaign to deny the Simon Cowell machine the Christmas number 1 for his X Factor winner.

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