The Teenage Prostitution Racket

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The Teenage Prostitution Racket

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Carlo Lizzani

1975  123 minutes  1.85:1

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From a journalistic perspective the topic of abducting minors for prostitution is told through the eyes of teenagers. What emerges is a desolating situation of underage prostitution that goes hand in hand with the discovery of other equally depressing vicissitudes, in various forms, ranging from industrial labourers to the bourgeoisie.

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Synopsis

Against the backdrop of a grey smoggy Milan in the 1970's lies the story of 6 teenagers who are victims of a prostitution ring.  A series of documentary-like vignettes tell how their own circumstances led them to be entrapped in the horrific world of underage prostitution.  From the 13 year old whose grandmother pimps her out to make money for herself to the naïve southern girl who thinks this a good job, to the 16 year old who is rebelling against her parents, the film offers multiple perspectives of underage prostitution. It should be noted that in no way does the movie glamorise the lifestyles of the teenage girls, their pimps and clients. Everything is ruthlessly realistic and ugly – the tears, exhaustion and overwhelming depression of the young women, the abuse they endure from their Neanderthal-like keepers, the repulsive and pathetic clients.

Reviews

It should be noted that in no way does the movie glamorise the lifestyles of the teenage girls, their pimps and clients. Everything is ruthlessly realistic and ugly – the tears, exhaustion and overwhelming depression of the young women, the abuse they endure from their Neanderthal-like keepers, the repulsive and pathetic clients. While The Teenage Prostitution Racket is certainly a passionate film, it avoids over the top melodrama and Lizzani wisely avoids passing judgement.
— Cinefear
Given the title the producers expected the film to be seized for obsenity but upon release Lizzani found unexpected defenders.
— Italian Crime filmography
The films harsh realistic look is enhanced by Lamberto Caimi’s cinematography.
— -Italian Crime filmography

Cast and Credits

Director
Carlo Lizzani

Screen writers
Mino Giarda

Cast
Cinzia Mambretti, Christina Moranzoni, Anna Curti, Daniella Grassini, Lidia Di Corato and Nicola De Buono

Cinematography
Lamberto Caimi

Editing

Franco Fraticelli

Producer
Franco Fumagalli

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