Boccaccio ’70 -The Job

(Il Lavoro)

Italy 1962. Dir Luchino Visconti.

Il Lavoro (also known as The Job) is one of Luchino Visconti’s least discussed films, released as an episode in Boccaccio ’70 (1962), a film intended to challange the prevailing climate of film censorship of the time and including episodes by the other notable Italian directors. Visconti’ s film is set in a grand palazzo apartment and delas with a rich young burgeois woman who resolves her aristocratic husband’s admission that he has visited prostitutes by stipulating that he now must also pay her for sex. The story references de maupassant’s short story Au Bord du Lit, but also foregrounds a Milanese call-girl scandal that broke in the early 1960s.