D’Agostino’s outrageous first movie recalls Pasolini’s Salò but he gives us his own personal vision, exploiting his skills as a former painter, creating a fiercely blasphemous work and taking us into a dreamlike journey (better, a journey fluctuating between a dream and a nightmare) through a mental universe where the subconscious of a young man, after a serious car accident, projects the victim while lying on a hospital bed. D’Agostino keeps on playing with what is real or not, showing obscene and provocative tableaux vivants, imbued with incredible religious and heretic strenght. It’s the journey of this young man as a reincarnation of Messiah, fighting against a totalitarian and fascist society. Soon he will become a danger to the political, legal or religious leaders, who obscenely conjure in order to keep on exercising repression, corruption and depravation on the people, while indulging in the worst orgiastic excesses. It looks like the reinterpretation of Bible and Christ’s martyrdom, transposed in the 70s, along with an up-to-date neofascist Salò or just where Pasolini’s teenagers would be the young people and the SS executioners and senior officials the leaders of modern Italy, in dirty collusion with Church and high classes.
Hence such a a strange and captivating movie, with an unrepeatable series of images and scenes each more and more extravagant, with sequences both grotesque and disgusting (scatophily, urophily, orgy, heresy, bestiality, violence), where our Christ is the link.
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At a stage performance of Alexandre Dumas fils’ celebrated novel Camille, an old man reflects on the events which provided the inspiration for the story. He is Plessis, the father of Alphonsine, a celebrated courtesan who died five years ago from tuberculosis.
A country girl, Alphonsine was sold by her father to a neighbour before escaping to Paris to make a living as a seamstress and prostitute. The wealthy Count Stackelberg adopts her after the death of his own daughter, and then she marries the Count Perregaux. When she separates from her husband, Alphonsine returns to Paris and resumes her career as a prostitute, in spite of her declining health.
This sumptuous period drama from acclaimed Italian director Mauro Bolognini recounts the life of Alphonsine Plessis, the famous Parisian prostitute who was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’ novel Camille and Guiseppi Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Isabelle Huppert plays the leading role with delicacy and sensitivity, portraying Alphonsine as a vulnerable waif-like character who is constantly tormented by her ill health and her voracious sexual appetite. (filmsdefrance.com)
A young couple becomes embroiled with the personal problems of another couple on a yacht moored off Sicily during a turbulent weekend of fun, games, sex games, betrayal, spouse abuse, and murder.
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A sexy photographer in Africa
Laura Gemser plays a magazine photographer who is sent to Africa for a photo shoot. There she is met by a couple and other swinging couples. They all stay at this huge, very touristy hotel with a gigantic swimming pool. One night they have a pool party complete with “real live” native dancers. It’s very un-politically correct and very kitschy. Later, Emanuelle finally has her photo shoot, which turns out to be in one of those drive-through, stay-in-your-car safaris (albeit the photography is gorgeous). Throughout the film, Emanuelle is going after every man she meets. The photography is very well done in this film. There are scenes with cascading waterfalls, galloping giraffes and ancient ruins. The film is worth seeing for the soundtrack by Nico Fidenco alone. Continue reading
The deranged Roman emperor Gainus ‘Caligula’ (Little Boots) Caesar (12-41 A.D.) rules Rome with an iron fist and has anyone tortured and exectued for even the slightest insubordination. Mostly set during his last year of his reign, as Caligula loses support due to his brutal and crazed excess, a young Moor woman, named Miriam, becomes his lover while ploting to kill him to avenge the murder of a friend which Caligula was responsible for. But Miriam is torn between her personal vandeda against Caligula and her own personal feelings towards him despite his madness and debauched lifestyle of orgies and bloody torture murders. Written by Matthew Patay Continue reading
outline: A group of women are kidnapped by guerrillas and forced to serve as prostitutes for them in a jungle brothel. The sadistic female warden decapitates uncooperative girls. Continue reading
Very rare XXX mondo-style film in which a psychiatrist explains to his students several stories of sexual deviants. Each vignette begins with the doctor citing a fact-based newspaper/magazine story of abhorrent sexual behavior.
Cult horror director Renato Polselli filmed this extremely sleazy mondo-style documentary under the pseudonym “Ralph Brown.” Isarco Ravaioli portrays a supposedly well-known sex researcher who lectures the audience on the theories of Freud and Krafft-Ebing while introducing fairly graphic depictions of orgies, rape, homosexuality, prostitution, transvestism, necrophilia, and even canine bestiality. Despite its laughable narration, this film is quite strong in tone, and is recommended for only the hardiest of viewers. Continue reading
One of the first of many ‘unofficial’ entries into the Emanuelle/Black Emanuelle series has Indonesian beauty Laura Gemser as ‘Eva’ [sadly not as Emanuelle…this is an ‘unofficial’ entry after all] who by chance works as an exotic dancer/snake-charmer in South East Asia. It seems as though her slithery night-club gyrations have caught the eagle-eye of middle-age loner Judas [Jack Palance], a wealthy businessman/entrepeneur who has a bizarre, though dedicated interest in collecting deadly snakes. He extends a [very wealthy] hand of ‘friendship’ toward eva Eva in return for companionship. However, Judas’ jealous brother ‘Jules’ [played by that other D’Amato veteran Gabriele Tinti] has also become smitten…hell, infatuated with the sexy snake-charmer [who could blame him?]. Continue reading
A young woman seeks vengeance and finds love when her parents are killed in the Amazon and she is taken prisoner by an indigenous tribe of headhunters. Continue reading
This is definetely one of the sleaziest giallo that ever got produced. The Story ia about a sex club where customers get photographed and black mailed afterwards. When a killer is lose on the club the police starts to investigate in the murder. It stars Ray Lovelock and Anna Maria Rizzoli and was directed by Mario Gariazzo. Continue reading
This dark offbeat comedy from Marco Ferreri features Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. Mastroianni plays Giorgio, who lives on a island somewhere off the Mediterranean coast of France. He lives there with his dog, and the remains of an old German World War II airbase.
He earns his living drawing cartoons. Liza (Deneuve) swims to the island from a rich man’s yacht, and the yacht’s crew confirm the end of her relationship with the owner by bringing her luggage to the island. She and Giorgio meet and become involved. She is jealous of his relationship with the dog and kills her rival while assuming its duties: wearing a collar, fetching sticks, etc. Continue reading
In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador’s daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afterwards, the two women begin a passionate lesbian affair. This leads to a chain reaction of disaster and tragedy, culminating with the inevitable intervention of the Gestapo. Despite the film’s galloping sexual passions, The Berlin Affair is an exercise in aloofness, keeping the characters at arm’s length-surprising, considering that the director was Liliana Cavani, auteur of the erotic classic The Night Porter (1974). The film was based on The Buddhist Cross, a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Continue reading
From Fellini screenwriter Brunello Rondi (8 ½, La Dolce Vita) comes the truly disorienting pervo-soap-opera Black Emmanuelle / White Emmanuelle, a movie that takes the Emmanuelle series to a slow-burn, ‘luude-fueled, weirdo-sex ‘n’ spectacle arena unheard of to most movie viewers.
After a three-minute, grindingly portentous opening sequence that has almost no bearing on anything, we only have to wait another 90 seconds for our first shot of gratuitous nudity. For no discernable reason Emmanuelle (now the world’s most beautiful model), and her insane Svengali-like photographer Carlo (Gabriele Tinti) join a hot-momma and her two hotter daughters, a washed up old actor and a nut-case, oversexed, ascetic guru on an aimless trip through Islamic Africa to look at temples and sexually denigrate each other. Continue reading
Laura Gemser of “Black Emmanuelle” returns for another sleazy D’Amato classic. The Caligula/Messalina story is rehashed with a liberal smattering of orgies, equine masturbation and impalement. Cheesy dialogue and a great transvestite concubine-instructor make it rewatchable. The soundtrack, though repetitive, is highly effective and even haunting. I wish I could say more about this gem, but the warnings sum it up pretty well. Continue reading