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The Sensual Man (Italian: Paolo il caldo, also known as The Sensuous Sicilian) is a 1974 Italian comedy film written and directed by Marco Vicario.

The Sensual Man
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Directed byMarco Vicario
Written byMarco Vicario
Story byVitaliano Brancati
StarringGiancarlo Giannini
Rossana Podestà
Lionel Stander
Ornella Muti
Gastone Moschin
Music byArmando Trovajoli
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)

It is loosely based on the novel of the same name written by Vitaliano Brancati.[1] It was shot in Catania, Sicily and in Rome.[2]


A Sicilian baron, Paolo Castorini has spent his life (beginning before puberty) dealing with girls, and later, women, usually in matters of the flesh. But later in life he begins to search for a deeper meaning to life. When his father is brought to his deathbed, Paolo (after making a pass at the dying man's nurse) is surprised to learn that the apparently staid, upright father had been unfaithful as a young man, as also Paolo's grandfather, and that such unfaithfulness had brought consequences both moral and medical.


Release and receptionEdit

The movie, of 1:48 hr running time, was released and circulated in Italy, and also played in US arthouses under the title Paolo il Caldo. Then in 1977 it was re-released for the English-speaking public under the title The Sensual Man, with English subtitles. It received a US MPAA film rating of "R".[3]


  1. ^ Cristina Bragaglia. Il piacere del racconto: narrativa italiana e cinema, 1895-1990. Nuova Italia, 1993. ISBN 88-221-1249-0.
  2. ^ The Sensual Man. New York Magazine. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ Daniel C. Blum. John Willis' Screen world , Volume 29. Crown Publishers, 1978. ISBN 0-517-53451-7.

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