sorry for the mistakes
Wikipedia reports among the curiosities 'In this film Femi Benussi
never takes her clothes off'. Well, that's not good news, but if that
were the problem here, we'd be fine. But no, that's the lesser
Mario Landi, whose film career goes in the opposite direction to an
appreciable career as a television director, works on a truly
disturbing and very poor script that simply does not work.
First of all, it is unclear whether 'Batton Story' is intended to be a
comedy about prostitution or a film that in a light-hearted manner
wants to talk about the conditions of prostitutes and the corruption of
I would lean more towards a comedy, because to find ambitions of social
criticism in this film is really difficult. In any case, there are
never any laughs, but we are confronted with a long series of dull and
often dragged-by-the-hair scenes within the story, which reach their
climax in a ridiculous finale.
Landi has excellent character actors on his hands, which he wastes in a
terrifying manner. From Marisa Merlini, who plays an agée
prostitute (just think), to Gianni Dei as the protagonist's boyfriend,
to close with Toni Ucci as a pimp (of course) and Gianni Cajafa with
his expressions. Not to be forgotten is Femi Benussi, the protagonist.
Who never takes her clothes off.
And it is precisely the beautiful Femi who is the spark that sets
events in motion. She a high school teacher is mistaken for a
prostitute while waiting for her mother in an area... of prostitutes.
She arrests and then releases the girl, befriends two 'street workers'
played by Marisa Merlini and Daniela Giordano. He tries to give dignity
to the prostitutes by creating a union. In contrast, the pimps try to
do the same. And in the middle is the state, an important politician
(Cajafa) and even an Arab emir.