Friday, September 9, 2016

LA SEDUZIONE (1973): A Sicilian Nymphet Seduces Her Mother's Lover

In La Seduzione (1973), after Giuseppe returns to Sicily from his successful job as a journalist in Paris, he attempts to revive his affair with widowed Caterina; however, Graziella, Caterina's fifteen-year-old daughter, seduces Giuseppe with dire consequences for the Italian love triangle. 

In a New York Times piece about Nabokov's Lolita, Charles McGrath wrote that Robertson Davies opined that Lolita wasn't about "[...] the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child."

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that Aristotle opined in Poetics (335 BCE/1937), his classical treatise on the principles of literary theory, that art imitates life. And Oscar Wilde opined in The Decay of Lying that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". 

Thus, it isn't surprising that in many legal and illegal age-gap affairs, the seductions were initiated by nymphets. Consequently, there have been a number of real-life Giuseppes who weren't strong enough to resist the charms of real-life Graziellas. 

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