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"La Désenchantée"

La Désenchantée (1990) got Judith Godrèche a nomination for most promising young French actress, and she is the only reason for seeing this film. She is in school, and breaks up with a boyfriend at the beginning of the film. She lives with her little brother, and a bed-ridden mother. They are supported by an older man, who visits the mother, and leaves money. Godrèche is pushed into service with the older man, and we see brief full-frontal. I am sure there is a lot of meaning in this film that escaped me, but I was ready for it to be over after the first 5 minutes. The letterbox transfer has a green tint, and more than a little color noise. IMDB readers have it at 6.5 of 10, and, while Apollo awarded 82 for what they called a simple and honest film, Apollo readers have it at 61. It fairly screams French art film, and has terrible subtitles that can't be disabled. This is for die-hard genre fans. C-.

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    "J'aimerais pas crever un dimanche"

    J'aimerais pas crever un dimanche (1998) stars Élodie Bouchez, who is seen in a club with a strobe effect ODing on ecstasy. Cut to her in the morgue, being undressed and stored in a freezer. After all but one of the morgue attendants has gone home, the remaining one showers and shaves, then pulls her out of the freezer to screw her. That is the point when she comes to. Everyone at the morgue fears law suits and such, but her father says that "if he knew that would bring his daughter back to life, he would have paid him to do it. The girl refuses to press charges, and becomes his steady companion for the rest of the film. They leave the hospital, just in time to save a man from jumping off a bridge. The three have sex together.

    From here, the film gets a little strange and hard to understand, but, according to the box, is "a psychosexual odyssey into the wildness of private Parisian orgies. I was unable to spot any "orgying", except in the opening scene, but the person who designed the box claims to understand this film, so I will defer to him. Bouchez is seen from all sides including full frontal in the morgue. IMDB readers say 5.7 of 10. The transfer is very weak, and we have the usual subtitles to deal with. The one commentary at IMDB is a little more complimentary than I am:

    "Ben works in a morgue. Ben's wife left him and he is into various kinds of alternative sexuality. Teresa dies of an ecstasy overdose on the dance floor. When she is brought to the morgue, she is resurrected -how shall I say?- in Ben's arms (that part based on a true story). From this starting point, the film revolves around the interactions between them and Boris (orgy fan), Abdel (no sentimental life), Ducon (wants to kill himself), Nico (dying of AIDS), etc... A social study of the 90s with heavy references to sex and death. Summary written by JML."

    I was really glad when the film ended. For a film that was supposed to be about sex, it really could have used some, and more frequent nudity would have been a plus. C-.

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    Eye for an Eye is a 1996 thriller with no nudity, despite two brutal rapes and a sex scene. I sort of got fooled into watching it, thinking it would have something to cap. I should have checked with the reference sites. Nada.

    The major critics were very harsh. Ebert and Berardinelli both scored it below two stars, for example. Their primary case was that the plot was too manipulative, the characters not sufficiently developed, and the plot elements painfully exploitative of personal tragedy. While I agreed with those things, I also have to admit that I got emotionally involved in the struggle. If it was shamelessly manipulative, I guess I got manipulated. I guess that raises an interesting question. If you are trying to build involvement in a pure entertainment picture with no pretensions to social relevance, is it OK to manipulate the audience with any form of exploitation device available to you? Is there anything wrong with showing the baddie as a one-dimensional monster who rapes a one-dimensional straight-A sweet honor student, so that we root for the heroine to kill him, even if she has to kill him in cold blood? I don't know the answer to that, really. Much of the history of film involves the contrived manipulation of our sympathies. Would making the movie more complex make it better? I don't know.

    On the other hand, I kinda thought it failed as a thriller because it painted itself into a corner where there was only one possible solution. A quirky independent might have taken a daring route, but this was a studio picture with big stars, and it aimed for the mass market. We know the baddie has to get comeuppance, we know the police can do nothing, and the FBI has told Sally Field that they know of her plan for revenge, and that she can do nothing unless it is in self-defense.

    So what does the ending have to be?


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    Graphic Response

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    Today we take a look at the marvelous boobs of Lana Clarkson in the 1983 classic, "Deathstalker"!

    • Lana Clarkson topless (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Wendy MacDonald
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    Topless in the B-movie "Naked Obsession" (1991). Never heard of it? That's ok. The biggest name in the cast is William Katt aka "The Greatest American Hero" guy.

    Olga Karlatos The Greek actress bares a breast in the Sergio Leone gangster film, "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984).

    Vanessa Steele Topless in the straight-to-vid movie "Wet and Wild Summer!" aka "Exchange Lifeguards" (1992).

    Amaliya Mordvinova Topless and far off frontal views of the red head in scenes from "27 Missing Kisses" (2000).

    Andrea Händler Plenty of cleavage and toplessness from "Muttertag" (1993).

    Anna Nicole Smith Her acting ability keeps her career limited to the small screen. But on the plus side, though the screen may be small she really fills it up! Here she is playing with her big'uns in "To the Limit" (1995).

    Birge Schade Breast exposure in the German movie "Der Leihmann".

    Gila von Weitershausen
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    Going all the way back to the swinging 60's...German style. Skimpy undies in both, breasts are visible in #2. Vidcaps from "Engelchen macht weiter - Hoppe, hoppe Reiter" (1969)

    Jane Birkin The British actres topless (with possibly more visible beneath the water) in scenes from "La Moutarde me monte au nez" (1974).

    Karina Fallenstein Full frontal nudity in "Die Serpentintänzerin".

    Margot Mahler Also topless in "Engelchen macht weiter - Hoppe, hoppe Reiter".

    Renée Soutendijk
    (1, 2)

    Breast esposure in the 1983 Paul Verhoeven movie "De Vierde man" ("The Fourth Man").

    Eliza Dushku No nudity, but she looks great in a bikini top and cheering in "Get Over It". Thanks ti nmd.

    Angelina Jolie
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    Great 'caps of Jolie nude in "Gia" by Watty. Topless and far off rear nudity in #1, lesbian shower scene in #2!

    Cerina Vincent One more collage by Penman from "Not Another Teen Movie". Today's toplessness is from the deleted scenes.

    Stefanie Powers
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    The long time Television regular seen topless in the 1970 movie "Crescendo"! She was about 28 at the time, and looked fantastic!

    Mia Kirshner
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    The Canadian beauty in scenes from "Century Hotel" (2001). Both collages are the same scenes. #1 is the original by dilettante, #2 is a quick edit I did to clear out some of the blue and show more Mia.

    Kelly Lynch Topless as she co-stars with one of hour heros, the Mickster, in "Desperate Hours". Thanks to Dann.

    Gossip 'n Stuff

    HALLE BERRY is to bring PAM GRIER's 1974 blaxploitation heroine FOXY BROWN back to the big screen.

    The OSCAR-winning actress will star in and co-produce the project - about a woman bent on avenging the murder of her boyfriend at the hands of gangsters.

    The remake is likely to go before the cameras next year (2003) after Berry has completed work on BOND movie DIE ANOTHER DAY and the X-MEN sequel. (KL/DV/IG)

    * WINONA MOCKS ARREST R WINONA RYDER is poking fun at her recent shoplifting arrest - sporting a T-shirt that proclaims "Free Winona!".

    The 30-year-old actress will appear in the next issue of America's W magazine wearing the T-shirt, which had initially gone on sale in Los Angeles soon after her arrest in December (01) for allegedly shoplifting $5,000 (£3,100) worth of clothing from SAKS FIFTH AVENUE in Beverly Hills.

    Ryder, who insists that she did not break the law, is still waiting to attend court on the charges. (MCM/WNWDN/IG)

    Nudity News
    Our first nudity news about the Brian de Palma film, "Femme Fatale" starring Romijn-Stamos.

    The word on the street? It's a big disappointment...

    She only shows the goodies once, in a water scene, with a lot of bubbles, so you never clearly see her bush. Plus a few scenes with lingerie, but the bras always stay on.

    The only other toplessness is from Victoria's Secret model Rie Rasmussen.