Too Much Sun/ Women Alone

Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, "Too Much Sun/Women Alone" is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti's cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even if they don't get all the gags, however, offshore viewers who stumble on this pic will get a look at a bright new talent in Guzzanti, who also co-scripted.

Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even if they don’t get all the gags, however, offshore viewers who stumble on this pic will get a look at a bright new talent in Guzzanti, who also co-scripted.

Title is a pun that can be translated either as “too much sun” or “women too alone.” Entire film is peopled with dizzy females, with just a handful of men (who appear as mute, muscle-bound pinups). Helmer Giuseppe Bertolucci, who has directed films chronicling the early stage work of popular comic Roberto Benigni , takes a relaxed approach, letting Guzzanti’s talky, tongue-in-cheek routines work on their own.

Main character is a flighty TV reporter named Lalla who takes off in her red convertible and sunglasses to interview reclusive singing star Matilde. She finds her living in a villa that makes Xanadu look like a walk-up, surrounded by her kitchen-bound mama, her drug-addict sister and a German shepherd.

Much of pic’s comedy depends on recognizing the real-life characters behind the fictional ones. Matilde resembles the legendary Mina, a scientist is the spitting image of Rita Levi Montalcini, and Lalla’s boss and bedmate is a cinch for anyone who knows their Italian TV.

Despite Guzzanti’s rapid-fire personality changes and mind-boggling collection of accents, the featherweight story starts to drag after a while. Bertolucci shows little interest in realistic special effects when several characters appear together in a scene.

All that’s missing are male parts for the pretty Guzzanti, who does a brilliant imitation of Silvio Berlusconi on local TV.

Too Much Sun/ Women Alone

(ITALIAN)

Production: A Lucky Red release of a La Banda Magnetica, Navert Film production, in association with Reteitalia, presented by Pietro Formentin and Massimo Cortesi. Executive producers, Massimo Cortesi, Alberto Osella. Directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci. Screenplay, Sabina Guzzanti, David Rondino.

Crew: Camera (Fotocinema color), Fabio Cianchetti;editor, Fiorella Giovannelli; music, Andrea Guerra; art direction, Gianni Silvestri; costume design, Grazia Colombini. Reviewed at Fiamma Cinema, Rome, May 2, 1994. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Sabina Guzzanti.

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    Atour de force for young TV impersonator Sabina Guzzanti, “Too Much Sun/Women Alone” is one sprightly, extended joke, with the star playing 14 different roles , practically every speaking part in the film. Guzzanti’s cult following has kept local opening B.O. strong, but the film packs too many local references to make travel easy. Even […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content