The fetching idea of making a film about a gay porn star is wasted in the amateurish narcissism of "Little More Than a Year Ago," feature bow of director/actor Marco Filiberti. Slipping from fantasy to soap opera without any authorial control, pic's best hope is to be recognized as some kind of cult movie of badness.

The fetching idea of making a film about a gay porn star is wasted in the amateurish narcissism of “Little More Than a Year Ago,” feature bow of director/actor Marco Filiberti. He plays the muscular, golden-haired Riki Kandinsky as a tragic romantic hero, adored by the public, gossiped about in the press, but whose inner nobility of soul is only for a few intimates to see. Slipping from fantasy to soap opera without any authorial control, pic’s best hope is to be recognized as some kind of cult movie of badness.

Handsome, famous and filthy rich thanks to his work, Riki is the black sheep of his aristocratic family. When straitlaced brother Federico (Urbano Barberini) comes to stay with him in Rome, he is first scandalized, then fascinated by the ins and outs of his profession. His visit to a porn set is supposed to be a vicarious thrill for viewers too but, as in rest of film, much more is suggested than shown in the glamorous, sexy images. Subplot involving Riki’s paternal feelings for a little orphan grazes the maudlin.

Little More Than a Year Ago

Italy

Production

A Corsaro Prods./Campinella Prods. production. Produced by Samantha Gaetani, Alessandro Tonnini. Directed, written by Marco Filiberti.

Crew

Camera (color) Stefano Pancaldi; editor, Valentina Girodo; production designer, Livia Borgognoni; costume designer, Eva Coen. Reviewed on videocassette, Rome, Feb. 15, 2003. (In Berlin Film Festival -- Panorama.) Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Marco Filiberti, Urbano Barberini, Alessandra Acciai, Rosalinda Celantano, Francesca d'Aloja, Erica Blanc, Claudio Vanni, Luigi Diberti.
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