Gloria Guida – Italy’s Greatest Export!
My “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown” goes around the world to highlight some of our greatest Cult Movie Queens – today we celebrate the career of a great Actress whose films primarily were shown in her home country of Italy – that said, when a few finally made it to the US, they shocked and entertained cult cinema fans!
Gloria Guida had a great cult film career, with some great sex comedies and one notorious shocker!
She was born in Merano, Italy and modeled as a teen, ultimately becoming Miss Teenage Italia in 1974.
Soon thereafter, Guida began a great run of Italian films across a variety of genres!
One of her first appearances was in the film “La Ragazzina”, ultimately released in the US as “Monika.”
At this time, many great Italian films never made it to the US – even thought these were hugely popular throughout Europe:
Gloria made her real breakthrough in 1975 with “La Liceale” – released around the world as “The Teasers.”
As IMDB.com says about the film:
Guida plays a schoolgirl who takes advantage of her fellow students and teachers by using her innocent schoolgirl beauty. After she loses her virginity to an older man she soon realizes there are more important things to life than teasing men.
Surprisingly, Amazon Prime had this available at one point – so it may be available to stream today.
Gloria was next seen in this Italian sex drama:
“That Malicious Age” Indeed!
The poster is in Italian, but when finally shown outside the country, it was also called “That Malicious Age”, and once again Gloria Guida was willing to bare all.
The plot is pure soapy drama: a Gardener at an Italian villa gets embroiled in a menage-a-trois with Gloria Guida and Anita Sanders which soon leads to sex, death and mayhem!
And what about this wild 1975 film?
This was released in the US as “So Young, So Lovely, So Vicious!”
Here’s the very provocative plot as listed on IMDB.com: “after her father decides to remarry, Angela decides to find out the dark secrets behind his new wife Irene, learning about her scandalous Sapphic past. Angela decides to seduce Irene and blackmail her with photos taken of the two.”
And does she!
Dagmar had a great cult career as well, and you can see her wildest films by clicking here:
As provocative as that film was, nothing prepared fans for what was to come:
Guida’s most controversial film was “To Be Twenty” in 1978, directed by the legendary Italian Director Fernando di Leo.
I bought this film because I was a fan of di Leo’s police thrillers, but this is something completely different!
Gloria and Lili Carati star as Lia and Tina – two girls who meet and hitchhike their way to Rome to embrace the wild life – including a provocative orgy scene:
The film also has a lesbian scene between the two Actresses as well:
“To Be Twenty” is a very controversial film, with lots of sexual content and a shocking ending…a very good Facebook friend of mine, a cult cinema fan, says this movie was too much for him to take, and I understand – the ending is truly shocking and unexpected…
The following year, Gloria was back on more familiar territory…
In 1979, Guida starred in this sex comedy about a private nurse who wasn’t shy about taking care of her patients:
Gloria was very popular at the time, and also appeared on the cover of “PLAYMEN” magazine – I guess you know where the inspiration for that title came from:
Gloria was also the cover of the Italian edition of Playboy as well:
Next up was “How to Seduce Your Teacher” – as you can see, Guida was playing the “sex kitten” role in all of her films…but she did so with an infectious energy and great personality – the camera loved her…
There were a number of great European Actresses who weren’t seen as much in the US as they deserved – Barbara Bouchet is another example:
She also appeared in a Fernando di Leo film, the terrific “Caliber 9”, where she did an amazing table dance!
You can see that, and all of her work, by clicking on my story here:
Many great Italian films never made it to the US – although the “Giallo” genre managed to make it overseas…like this classic:
The Italian Giallo genre is filled with terrific films, and Actresses like Erna Schurer – here are some of her best films:
Italian Actress Femi Benussi was also in this film:
She had a terrific cult film career as well and you can see it here:
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