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Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byBigas Luna
Written byBigas Luna
Cesare Frugoni
StarringValeria Marini
Music byLucio Dalla
CinematographyFabio Conversi
Release date

Bambola (also spelled Bámbola) is a 1996 French-Spanish-Italian erotic melodrama film written and directed by Bigas Luna.



Because of the many scenes of sexual abuse, the film was R-rated, something that caused the ire of lead actress Valeria Marini, who asserted that she had been promised the cut of the three more explicit scenes and a ban for just people under 14 years.[1] The actress therefore sued the producer Marco Poccioni demanding the immediate withdrawal of the film, but her request was eventually rejected.[2]


The film received extremely negative criticism. Film critic Morando Morandini referred to it as "the most silly, foolish and amateurish film of Bigas Luna",[3] while Paolo Mereghetti was even tougher, saying he "never have come out of a movie theater with a much deeper discomfort."[4]


  1. ^ "Valeria vietata ai 18: ritirate la mia Bambola". Corriere della Sera. 20 September 1996.
  2. ^ "Valeria Marini ha perso la causa per Bambola". Adnkronos. 21 November 1997.
  3. ^ Laura Morandini; Luisa Morandini; Morando Morandini. Il Morandini 2011. Dizionario dei film. Zanichelli, 2010. ISBN 8808227227.
  4. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.

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