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"Preparez vos Mouchoirs" (1978)

Preparez vos Mouchoirs (1978), titled Get out Your Handkerchiefs in the US, is a wonderful but quirky comedy starring Gérard Depardieu as Raoul and Carole Laure as his wife Solange. Solange has taken to depression lately, and, in desperation, Raoul enlists the aid of a stranger, Stephane (Patrick Dewaere) in a restraunt to bed her and hopefully cheer her up. The three become close friends over lots of wine and lots of Mozart, but Solange is still depressed, and is having fainting spells. The doctors all say, "It is nothing ... just her nerves ... that will be $40.00." The three decide to spend the summer running a summer camp, and a very bright 13 year old who is hazed by the other kids puts the glow back in Solange's cheeks.

Laure shows breasts numerous times, and has a long full frontal in good light. The DVD is a very good transfer in the original aspect ratio, and gives you your choice of English or French spoken language and sub-titles. IMDB readers say 7.4 of 10. The film won the Oscar for best foreign language film, a Cesar for best music, and a National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA best film. It was also nominated by the Goldon Globes for best foreign language film. The film has nudity, is a totally unique comedy, it is technically well made, in other words, it is my kind of film. B.

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    "Belle de Jour" (1967)

    Continuing with the French theme tonight, Belle de Jour is a highly regarded French drama staring the stunning Catherine Deneuve. At 24, she was at her physical peak in this film. Deneuve is married to a doctor whom she loves, but can't bring herself to be intimate with him. She does have a very vivid fantasy life. She eventually becomes a prostitute in the afternoons, where she is able to have sex with people she doesn't care about. This, of course, gets complicated.

    I found the film a little hard to follow in spots, as I was not always sure what was real and what was fantasy. Deneuve showed clear buns through a filmy gown, mostly blur behind a shower door, and the side of a dress. She is also seen in industrial strength bra and panties, 60's style, but you can make out the shadow of her pubic hair. IMDB readers say 7.6 of 10. Berardinelli says three stars, and Ebert gives a full four. Ebert mentions a particular scene, which demonstrates Luis Bunuel's mastery of the erotic. A Japanese customer in the brothel shows Deneuve (Belle de Jour) an ornate box. She opens it, and shakes her head no. We never learn what was in the box, and many people have been wondering for 35 years. Much of the sexuality takes place in Deneuve's head, and off camera, requiring us to use the strongest of all sex organs, our brain, to imagine what she is doing and feeling. The film won several European awards, and was nominated for a BAFTA. This is also a B.

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    The Josephine Baker Story is a typically classy HBO biopic of the famous singer. Gorgeous imagery.

    Time Regained is a French film version of the final book of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, so you know that'll be some wacky fun! I especially enjoyed Stifler as Proust. On a slightly more serious note, it has no nudity.


    The following are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.

    • The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that I inexplicably determined there might be something of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or somebody else besides me)
    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    First up...Let's visit the "Hotel Exotica" (1998). This one follows the usual Skinemax formula, make an excuse to get a bunch of people into the same house, then they all have sex with each other. Wall to wall pseudo sex in this flick, including a very hot lesbo scene between Ahmo Hight, and Taylor St. Claire.
    • Ahmo Hight, all three B's and lots of sport humpin' (1, 2, 3)
    • Ahmo and Taylor St Claire, breasts, bum, plus #2 shows a bit of pubes and a gyno shot. (1, 2)
    • Landon Hall, robo-boobs, pseudo sex, and an excellent rear view in #2. (1, 2, 3)
    • Nikki Fritz, one of my all time favorite Skinemax babes, shows plenty of everything and gets it on.

    Next we visit "Beverly Hills Bordello"

    • Elaine Davis, shows us all three of the fun zones.
    • Elaine Davis and Elina Madison, lesbian love scene with very nice breasts and bush views. (1, 2, 3)

    These next 'caps are all from "Sinful Temptations"

    "Dead Sexy" is a straight-to-vid cop/murder soft-core movie starring Shannon Tweed. Tweed plays a police detective who sleeps with her suspects, and entraps them by posing as a high price hooker Scoop and Tuna have both reviewed this one already.

    There is some nice nudity, but it's mostly on the dark side. Fun House readers may recall that this movie symbolizes an end to Tweed's reign as late night queen. How you ask? Well, she used a very obvious body double!

    • Shannon Tweed's body double
    • Nancy Vee, breasts and pseudo sex
    • Holly Sampson, all 3 B's. (1, 2)
    • Katie Lohman, very dark, but robo-hooters, and lower frontal goodies are in plain view. (1, 2)
    • Mary Shannon, another dark sex scene...Breasts are easy to see, the pubes take a little squinting, but they are there. (1, 2)

    Samantha Mathis
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Topless 'caps by Aesthete, from one of the better teen angst movies of my generation, "Pump Up the Volume" (1990).

    Keeley Hawes Excellent topless, rear and full frontal nudity from the UK movie "Complicity" (2000). Great collage by Watty.

    Amber Smith Just in case you didn't see enough of Amber yesterday...here is a great scan of the supermodel wearing a very wet and see-thru shirt.

    Pat Reeder The Comedy Wire
    Women Volunteered To Do That?! - Researchers at the University of Chicago say that women choose mates who smell almost like their fathers. 49 unmarried women were asked to smell T-shirts worn by men for two consecutive nights and rate their attractiveness. They picked men who smelled similar, but not identical to, their fathers. Researchers believe it's due to a subtle genetic signal: a woman subconsciously wants her offspring to have a proven immune system like hers, but with different enough genes to be healthy, and a man who smells sort of like her father is a good compromise.

    * So the commercials are true, guys! To attract women, splash on some Old Spice!