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Barbara Bouchet: The Posters

Collection of original film posters from around the world for the film What A Way To Go!

Sweet Charity

Unfortunately this film is no silk sheets and red roses.

The Return of Barbara Bouchet Pic of the Week!

This week's pic is a rare still from her final American TV show appearance in Tarzan.

Barbara Bouchet: The Films

A breakdown of what we've reviewed so far.

He Tarzan, She Barbara

Barbara's Bouchet's final American TV appearance before beginning her career into Italian film.

Barbara Bouchet: The Posters - What a Way to Go! (1964)

A moderately comprehensive collection of film posters from What A Way To Go! starring Shirley MacLaine and an all-star cast of leading men including Dean Martin, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly and Dick Van Dyke, with a very brief un-credited film appearance by Barbara Bouchet.  If you know of any other posters from any other countries not displayed below, feel free to let me know and if you have a picture I can add it.















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Sweet Charity (1969)

I've learned there is something I can't stand more than musicals, Shirley MacLaine. Combine the two together and it's a recipe for boredom.  It's either a horrible coincidence or somebody was really fond of Barbara Bouchet to cast her in three MacLaine "comedies".  Unfortunately a spoonful of the lovely Bouchet can't help you stomach this large a serving of Shirley MacLaine.

Charity can't even get a job on Fantasy Island.
Shirley MacLaine is Charity, a dancer in a trashy dive.  The film at times hints there's more than dancing going on, in an attempt to portray a somewhat tarnished background of the character, but it's hard to accomplish that when you're putting a G-rated spin on it.  Essentially Charity doesn't have much to show for her life.  With no education and no marketable skills she's left in a dive she desperately wants to escape from, and every-time a glimmer of hope comes her way it's quickly snubbed out and she's brought back to reality.

Sammy Davis Jr. makes a brief and pointless appearance as a singing hippie preacher.
Sweet Charity is supposedly a musical reinterpretation of Nights of Cabiria, an Italian drama by Federico Fellini, which I can only assume is leaps and bounds greater than this.  It's quite hard to think of much to say about this film because it offers so very little.  MacLaine is one of those comedians you must have a stomach for to enjoy.  To me she's always been the poor man's Lucille Ball, constantly playing the same type of character, and only tolerable in small doses.  Throw her into a film with numerous sub stories that recycle the same resolution, an ending that makes you ask yourself why you bothered sitting through, and a half hazard song and dance thrown in every 25 minutes just to be able to call it a musical and you've got Sweet Charity in a nutshell.  Even by musical standards its all pretty pitiful.

Bouchet and silk sheets... you can stop the film right here, this is as good as it gets.
Barbara's brief appearance is at the beginning of the film.  She plays the stuck up, jealous girlfriend (Ursula) of famous Italian actor Vittorio (played by Ricardo Montalban). She throws a fit outside a restaurant Charity is walking by.  After storming off Vittorio invites Charity to accompany him for the evening at a club and eventually back to his apartment, where later on Ursula shows back up again and Charity spends the evening locked in Vittorio's closet, while he and Ursula wrinkle the sheets.

This or a critically acclaimed Italian drama?
So granted I pretty much went into this film with a biased opinion on both musicals and Shirley MacLaine, and I doubt little much could have persuaded me to REALLY find a whole lot of enjoyment in this film.  But lets face it, some things simply shouldn't be reinterpreted into comedic musicals and a Fellini film should be somewhere near the top of that list.  Unless your a die-hard MacLaine fan, or someone who'd go see just about anything in musical form this one is a definite pass.


Bonus Bouchet:

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Barbara Bouchet: Picture of the Week #17

Happy New Year!

We're kicking off 2015 with a new Barbara Bouchet picture.  A revival of the site is in the works as well as much more Bouchet this year!  So stay tuned!

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Barbara Bouchet: The Posters - A Global Affair (1964)

A moderately comprehensive collection of film posters from A Global Affair starring Bob Hope with a very brief un-credited first film appearance by Barbara Bouchet.  If you know of any other posters from any other countries not displayed below, feel free to let me know and if you have a picture I can add it.

1 Sheet





6 Sheet

3 Sheet
1 Sheet
Half Sheet


Window Card

Lobby Cards

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