"Una su tredici", also known as "12 + 1", brings to screen a zany rendition of the popular Russian novel "The Twelve Chairs". Directed by Nicolas Gessner and Luciano Lucignani, the film embarks on a whirlwind journey across Europe as characters chase after a set of chairs, one of which has jewels hidden inside.
Vittorio Gassman plays Mario, who discovers the secret of the jewels and is soon joined by Sharon Tate's character, Pat, in the quest. The duo's dynamic is a core element of the film's comedic charm. Tate, in one of her final roles before her tragic death, showcases her versatility, moving away from the intense drama of "Valley of the Dolls" to deliver a delightful comedic performance.
The film plays out as a series of comedic set pieces, each encounter and scenario more absurd and hilarious than the last. While it might not hold the gravitas of other adaptations of the novel, "Una su tredici" captures the essence of a caper, complete with mishaps, misadventures, and unexpected twists.
The European backdrop, from Paris to London, adds a scenic charm to the narrative, with the locales becoming integral to the unfolding madness.
"Una su tredici" might not be as well-remembered as other films from the era, but it stands as a testament to the comedic potential of its source material and the on-screen talent of its leads. For those in search of a light-hearted romp, filled with 60s charm and antics, this film is worth a watch.