Ha, ha, i loved this, probably a really obscure thriller as i've never
heard about it and with Sean Connery in an unusual
role for him in 1964, already a world wide superstar as James Bond.
Nowadays Sir Sean Connery and with another
Sir in the great Ralph Richardson plus the Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida
And, i have to confess here: I haven't seen her in many films, maybe
on TV as a child and i don't remember her as a great
actress or so, BUT Gina's really GOOD here in Woman of Straw and certainly
proves that she could act.
This film is a slow thriller and murder mystery about the scheming of
Connery, the nephew of mega rich Richardson, to
get his hands on the old mans fortune, and there's a twist at the end
There's a UK DVD of this film but i ordered the Spanish edition because
of the much cooler sleeve
Anthony Richmond (Sir Sean Connery) is the nephew of
the stinking rich business tycoon Charles Richmond (Sir Ralph
Richardson) and he's also his assistant/secretary. Charles is a very
grumpy, racist and unpleasant old man and is played
to the hilt by the GREAT Richardson, who steals every scene he's in.
He lives in a palace, sits in a wheelchair, harasses
his african servants and he loves classical music, especially Beethoven.
Music which he blares all over the place through
an intricate system of speakers.
The old man treats also Anthony as garbage, just like
he did with Anthony's father once when he not just outmanouvred
his brother from the family business but also stole his wife, Anthony's
mother. So, Anthony has a problem, not just his
hatred of the old man but also how to get hold of the Charles Richmond
But, a solution is coming. The mean and disgusting Charles
can't keep a nurse very long as they flee The Richmond Mansion
after being abused. Anthony's mission is to find a nurse that will stay
with the old gaffer and a woman that reminds Charles of
his deceased beloved wife, a woman that possibly could be the new wife
of Charles Richmond.
Her name is Maria Marcello (Gina Lollobrigida) and she will not take
any nonsense from the old man. She stands up against
him, refuses to take any abuse .... and the old man loves it. For the
first time in his life he apologizes and soon there's a wedding.
Sir Ralph Richardson is a hoot to watch and clearly
he really enjoyed this role, and even though he for the most time is
he actually convinces us that he could be very charming too, and lure
an attractive woman as Lollobrigida's Maria to marry him.
Sure, he's got that fortune and she's in on Anthony's scheme, but she
could actually like him for real.
Connery is good as Anthony, a bit to James Bond smooth maybe, and Gina
Lollobrigida is not just Beyond Gorgeous, as becomes
a then international sex symbol, but also truly great in the role as
Maria. I also liked the servant Thomas played by Johnny Sekka.
Anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1, english mono audio (and
a spanish dub) and only a picture gallery as extra.
The picture quality was only OK and Gina deserves to be seen in all
her splendour in a Blu-Ray edition of this film