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Ferdinando and Carolina
Directed by Lina Wertmüller • 1999 • Italy
Starring Sergio Assisi, Gabriella Pession, Nicole Grimaudo
In the dazzling court of eighteenth-century Naples, young King Ferdinando reluctantly weds Carolina, the sweet sixteen-year-old daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. As the monarchies of Europe hold their breath, something unexpected happens. King Ferdinando and Carolina share one common interest—a rollicking, orgiastic celebration of the senses—and plunge with gusto into the silken bed sheets to uphold their regal duties. The sovereigns reign in magnificent splendor, oblivious to the revolutionary tides that are on the verge of tearing France apart and overtaking all of Europe.