A Night Full of Rain


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Outrageously prolix titles were the signature of director Lina Wertmuller. The full name of this film is "The end of the world, in our usual bed, on a night full of rain." That's relatively short compared to her Guinness record-hollder: "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"). Ms. 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 ees hee-LAR-ee-us."

Although she was known for arty films, Wertmuller had established such a reputation in Europe that Warner Brothers offered her a four-picture deal to make them some movies in the English language. How did they plan to make a buck on this deal? God only knows. Perhaps they thought the 70s had created the precise political climate which would encourage audiences to support a female director. Whatever Warner's reasoning might have been, it turned out to be specious. This was the first picture she created for them, and it performed so badly that it would also be the last. When the suits saw the box office results, they promptly summoned the legal team and told them to find a way out of Wertmuller's contract.

The film she turned in is exactly what they should have expected, a typical example of 1970s European 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. It includes everything required for an SCTV parody of an art film, with the possible exception of a dream populated by evil dwarves.

The film portrays 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, mumbling, remembering, reconciling, fucking, fighting some more ...

You get the idea.

In other words, it is not the kind of film that was going to pack the American theaters for the studio that had rather rashly decided to finance it.

And it was not one of her better efforts. In fact, you could reasonably argue that Night Full of Rain is her worst film. It is the lowest-rated Wertmuller film at IMDb.

I find Wertmuller's best films to be tedious, so you can well imagine that I found this an absolute ordeal to watch.

"So why did you I watch it," you are wondering. "Surely you knew what you were getting into."

I had quite a good reason. It includes a nice clear topless scene from Candice Bergen, and that scene is the one and only chance to see her cupcakes.


* widescreen anamorphic

* no features







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5.4 IMDB summary (of 10)








Candice Bergen shows her right breast.

Lilli Carati is topless


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