José Bénazéraf – Adolescence Pervertie (1974)
Having seen virtually all of Jose Benazeraf’s mainly excellent softcore 1960s movies and a good selection (over a dozen) of his later XXX offerings I was unprepared for this off-the-wall 1974 transitional film. This is one case where the dreaded “auteur’s explanation” that accompanies so many wretched DVDs would be helpful.
I will offer my own pet theory, certainly wrong but convincing enough for me. I contend that Jose found the chance to travel to Italy and film an Italian co-production to be an irresistible opportunity to lampoon the then-current trend of Italian cinema to make sexy left-wing film tracts. Not like the Godard tracts of the ’60s, but many wonderful and hokey movies that I love, like Ugo Tognazzi fighting the class struggle against Romy Schneider in LA CALIFFA or any of the Bellocchio efforts of the time.
So what we have is a mind-bending story of two very sexy teachers who speak French at an Italian college where all the kids speak Italian. Femi Benussi, incorrectly described in the idiotic IMDb synopsis as “middle-aged” (she’s 29 and looking fab here guys) teaches math, while Malisa Longo is in charge of literature.
The dual language approach is the first thing that’s disconcerting about ADOLESCENCE PERVERTIE. It reminded me of a typical Hollywood movie shot in Russia or some Eastern European country -all the principal cast will be speaking in English for the audience’s sake while minor players (especially when chatting amongst themselves) will speak in the native language.
Language:French & Italian
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