IMMORAL WOMEN (1979)
Immoral Women is kind of a follow-up to Walerian Borowczyk's
more famous Immoral Tales, in which the director presented five short stories
with strong erotic elements. This time there are three stories and their common
element is not really the heroines' immorality, as the English title implies, but rather their ability to
triumph over the men who would dominate them. All three segments would probably be
properly characterized as very dark comedies.
The erotic juxtaposition of humans and animals, often
full-fledged bestiality, is a recurring theme in Walerian Borowczyk's work. In
his most famous film, The Beast, a woman is raped by an undefined beast which
seems to be somewhere between a biological gorilla and a mythological werewolf,
and the film begins with a graphic portrayal of a stallion mounting a filly. The
Immoral Women trilogy has two stories which feature Borowczyk's curious
obsession with human/animal interaction. One takes place in contemporary Paris,
the other in some undefined period in the 18th or 19th century.
The modern-day story is fairly routine and not particularly
erotic. A rich woman is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her husband does not seem
to feel any real urgency about getting her back, and the kidnapper decides to
rape her while they wait for the husband to act. Her faithful dog, a large and
vicious protector, finally tracks her down and manages to dispose of both the
slimy husband and the pitiless kidnapper. The film ends with an embrace between
the naked damsel in distress and her canine rescuer. This story is tame
and conventional by Borowczyk's standards and doesn't even include much nudity.
The animal-themed period piece is by far the most erotic and
interesting of the three segments. Gaelle Legrand plays a teenager who seems to
be acting younger than her age. Although her physical development is complete,
she spends her days cuddling her pet rabbit Pinky, even using the bunny for
various erotic practices. Her parents feels that she needs to be broken of her
obsession with the rabbit, so they cruelly cook it for the family dinner,
telling her that she is eating lamb when she is actually eating poor old Pinky.
That seems fitting and symmetrical, since Pinky had been ... um ... eating her
in a previous scene. When the insensitive parents finally confess Pinky's fate
to their daughter, she does what I think any of us would do in her situation.
She sneaks out of the house naked and has sex with the local butcher, thus
giving the director a chance to juxtapose human sex with more living and dead
animals. The brutal butcher takes her virginity on the straw of his animal pen,
with the experience augmented by the bleating of sheep which had been awaiting
slaughter. The rutting couple is also surrounded by stripped carcasses.
Eventually, Gaelle tricks the witless butcher into killing himself, then uses
his knives to slit the throats of her sleeping parents. She leaves behind enough
evidence to make it seem that the butcher had killed her parents, then hung
himself in shame. The story concludes with her in an orphanage, relating her
tale to an eager bedtime audience of her peers.
The third tale, the only one without any implicit or explicit
bestiality, tales place in Renaissance Italy and is a
much more conventional story about a beautiful peasant woman who uses sex
to manipulate a prosperous artist and a wealthy art patron into a situation
where they are both dead and she is back in her village with chests full of
their riches to share with her true love. This one is the most blatantly comical
and plays out like a farce, right down to comical falls through trap doors,
slapstick pokes in the eyeballs, and poison cakes swapped for real ones. As in the
contemporary tale, there is not much female nudity, although plenty of naked
males cavort around Raphael's studio. The narrative is not edited very well, but
the segment is made watchable by a combination of humor, the exceptional facial beauty of
Marina Pierro, and some surprisingly excellent production values for a film
without a major studio budget.
Lovers of Eurotica will find this anthology well worth watching for
First, the disc is a loving restoration of a film which has
never been made available before in any acceptable version on any home medium.
There has never been a DVD at all, and the video tapes were of inferior
quality. This version has been fully restored from a negative, and is totally
uncut and uncensored, thus representing a quantum leap from any version ever
previously available to the public.
Second, the middle segment, featuring Gaelle Legrand and
Pinky, is one of the classics of transgressive cinema, and ranks among
Borowczyk's best achievements. This segment is so good that it makes up for
any disappointment one might experience with the others. The darkly humorous
plot is clever, if totally demented. The parents are comically cruel. The sick
humor works fairly well. (I have to love the shot of Pinky's carcass hanging
in the manor's window, with the fluffy skin hanging down below the stripped
meat.) The photography is both artistic and technically competent. The
imagery is richly imagined. Gaelle's masturbation with the bunny is a classic
erotic scene, strangely beautiful and slowly erotic, yet comical at the same
time. The sex scene with the butcher is quite wild and spirited. In addition,
Gaelle has a spectacular body and is completely naked for much of the
segment's running time.
Ratings: On our scale, the segment with Gaelle and Pinky is a
solid C+, a truly demented Eurotica classic. The Renaissance segment is a solid C. The
contemporary segment is weak - either a D or a weak C-.
If you are interested, the Rare DVD guy is running another
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THIRD PARTY VIDEOS
I always say that Eight Days a Week has the best-ever wet t-shirt scene, but I
could be persuaded to change my vote to this scene (zipped
.avi) of Drew Barrymore in Gun Crazy
Two from Masters of Horror - the Right to Die episode: Julia Anderson (zipped
.avi) and Robyn Sydney (zipped
Two of my favorite scenes of Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut. (Two
.avis zipped together.)
Sandra Bullock in the atrocious Fire on the Amazon, (Zipped
Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
CIA Code Name: Alexa (1993)
This is an espionage thriller staring Lorenzo Lamas as a C. I. A.
operative, and his real life wife Kathleen Kinmont as the super-agent working
for the bad guys. The head of an embassy decides his path to fame and fortune
lies in acquiring nuclear technology, so he identifies a secret government
microchip that will give him just that, and arranges to steal it. His gang
becomes trapped in the government building where they find the chip, and one
of them swallows it, but is shot by Lorenzo Lamas. O.J. Simpson, as a local
cop, gets his nose out of joint when, after he arrests Kinmont, she is taken
by the feds.
OK, lets think about this a little bit. There will have to be some kick
boxing here. Kinmont is obviously going to have to become the love interest to
Lamas, which means Kinmont must be vulnerable in some way. Also, OJ will have
to become part of the final showdown. That about covers the rest of it, except
the identification of Kinmont's vulnerability, which ends up being a young
IMDb readers have this at 3.8. I don't understand how they can work up
enough emotion to drop the score that low. It is neither remarkably good nor
remarkably bad. It is a mostly predictable actioner with shoot-outs, fist
fights, explosions and chases, a couple of strong female characters, and a
happy ending. Joe Bob Briggs once awarded 3 stars, but that was before OJ
became a dirty word.
This is a C-, as an adequate small-time actioner.
|Kathleen Kinmont shows
her left breast in a sex scene.
Dann reports on Serum
Even lovers of Sci-Fi/Horror may be
underwhelmed by this 2006 effort, but lovers of large implants will at
least enjoy Leslie Caples' performance. Unfortunately, that still leaves
you 86 minutes of movie to sit through.
A scientist is searching for a "cure all" serum, which can basically be
used to save the dying, or even bring a recently deceased person back to
life and health. Results are promising, although there are of course the
normal "side effects" to deal with.
The scientist needs time, but the pharmaceutical company funding the
project gives him an ultimatum: results now or the money gets cut off.
Faced with this prospect, the scientist makes decisions that result in the
unleashing of a horrible monster that goes on a killing spree.
Totally predictable and poorly acted.
I'm afraid that the 60 seconds of nudity is the only part worth
watching, and even that is not appealing to those that like natural
"The Bread Maker" (2003)
There appears to be two Sherry Whites: one who's a Hefmag model seen slumming
here with Paris Hilton, and the other a Canadian actress pictured below
doing the big dirty with J-Roc from the Trailer Park Boys.
"City in Panic" (1986)
80s slasher with homophobia twist cashing in on the AIDS crisis. Released
under the title "13" on a grainy DVD collection "Serial Psychos". Bonnie
Beck provides the female nudity to make this movie less gay (not there's
anything wrong with it).
"Conundrum" aka "Frame by Frame" (1996).
Cable movie most noted for showing a future CSI actress
in the buff. Karen Waddell also shows boob and butt.
"Spinning Boris" (2003)
Ellora Patnaik provides some jiggle as an uncredited masseuse.
"The L Word" season 3
Some skin from some lesser known but up-and-coming Canadian guest starlets.
Naomi Joy Gallagher
Another Canadian hoser cable series. No (female) nudity.
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006)
Another re-enactment of the Diff'rent
Strokes TV series.
Brittney Irvin shows partial boob in a recreation of
Dana Plato's hefmag nudie shoot.
Teryl Rothery also shows partial boob
as her mother.
A couple of more sexy pics of Teryl Rothery in
The Sandlot 2
and Totally Awesome
1985 episode of Night Heat.
And a trip in the wayback machine. Mary Beth Rubens getting
ravaged by young Keanu Reeves in one of his first acting gigs
No love for Johnny
This is a B&W English drama produced by "The Rank Organization" and directed
by their regular, Ralph Tomas. Peter Finch gives an excellent performance as a
newly elected MP of the Labour party whoís amoral and willing to do anything to
get ahead. In fact, some people see this as a prophetic film, which almost
pre-chronicles Tony Blairís similar rise to power. I am not that familiar with
English politics, so I donít know how much of this stands. Co-starring is Billie
Whitelaw, Mary Peach and a host of other well known English actors. Itís a solid
old-style film and , as the saying goes, they donít make it like this any more.
Not much to ogle nudity-wise, thereís some kind of see-thru from
plus a stripper doing an on-stage routine.>
And thereís also Billie Whitelaw, one of
my favorite actresses.
Our Italian husband, a.k.a. Mariti in affitto
This is an Italian-American dramedy. Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Brooke
Shields both claim the same man as their husband, move with their children
together, try to make money and the whole thing gradually graduates to farce.
The film makers obviously had honest intentions tying to make an optimistic -
humanistic comedy but it seems things got out of hand. I fast-forwarded through
this and I recommend it only for fans of the leading ladies or anyone wishing to
see Chevy Chase doing some gross overacting with his face almost unrecognizable.
If anyone is interested, a video of Maria Grazia is to be found at:
Notes and collages
The Supernatural Ladies
The SI video about the making of the
swimsuit edition showed (inadvertently??) a nipple from
Elle Macpherson while all her cohorts
Shiva Gholamianzadeh in
Minotaur, I hope my admittance to heaven is not made contingent on my
ability to spell her name.
Franke Potente in