Paprika 1991
There is no other director that has filmed beautiful women quite like Tinto Brass. The great Federico Fellini saw them in a similar way, but more often than not his films left plenty for the imagination to fill in. Brass was never afraid to show in his films that pure erotica and elegance were inseparable because he knew that they were rarely presented and appreciated as they should be.

When her boyfriend finds himself coming up short on cash, a demure provincial girl named Mimma (stunningly beautiful Debora Caprioglio) ends up working a two-week stint at the local brothel run by Pekingese-loving Madame Collette. There the new arrival is given a new professional name, Paprika, and given a thorough physical exam and erotic training at the hands of her boss. Paprika immediately falls for her first client, the handsome Franco, who dreams of becoming a naval captain. Even worse, Paprika breaks one of the main house rules and reaches a sexual climax, which happens again and again when she and Franco continue to meet. However, fate conspires to extend the two-week job indefinitely as Paprika is bounced around through a colorful array of brothels and clients until the threat of brothel closures across Italy forces her to find a new plan for her future.

Director: Tinto Brass
Cast: Debora Caprioglio, Stephane Ferrara, Martine Brochard
Country: Italy
Genre: Drama

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:51:38 | 4.19 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:55:51 | 21.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English


Welcome to the Whorehouse - in this archival documentary, Tinto Brass recalls the controversy Paprika created after its release and the extreme reactions from feminist groups (Brass mentions an incident that was instigated by the same group that had also condemned Federico Fellini's City of Women), and discusses the transformation Italy underwent after the war when a decision was made to close the large number of brothels throughout the country (the campaign was initiated by Senator Merlin in 1948), the 'erotic culture' that was lost, how his memories of the era are reflected in his films, his interactions with real prostitutes and the economic realities that made them comfortable working in the big brothels, an illuminating meeting with Madame Claude in Pairs (whose memories are collected in a famous novel), the casting of Debora Caprioglio, etc. In Italian, with English subtitles. (20 min).

Tinto Brass Trailers - a gallery of trailers for other Tinto Brass films that have appeared on Blu-ray.

Lobby Card Video Gallery - a gallery with original Italian and German promotional materials for Paprika. (2 min).