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"The Night of the Glass Dolls"

The Night of the Glass Dolls (1971) is a giallo from Aldo Lado, and was his first film, set in Prague. The original title of Malastrana referred to a district in Prague, but the producers forced him into a title change long before release, saying that the public wouldn't understand the reference, so he chose The Night of the Butterfly. All of the promotional material had been printed, and just before release, someone else released a film with butterfly in the title, so they pasted Glass Dolls over Butterfly. Either of the first two choices made sense, but not the third. The title is about the only thing wrong with this double mystery. Reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel) is found unconscious by a street sweeper. He is pronounced dead at the hospital, but is actually alive. He can see and hear everything around him, but exhibits no life signs.

To maintain some composure, he tries to remember what happened to put him there, and the story gradually unfolds. His girlfriend disappears, and he suspects foul play, but the police don't seem to be investigating very hard, so he undertakes to solve the mystery, and soon discovers that his girlfriend (Barbara Bach) was not the only young woman to turn up missing. He begins to suspect a conspiracy involving everyone of power and influence in Prague. The story was prompted by a case in Italy where a judge spoke up against the system, and was exhiled to Sardinia or somewhere. This gave Lado the idea for a story about someone who is oppressed by the powers that be. He goes on to say that men of power maintain it on the blood of young people, and cites war as the extreme example.

Bach shows her panty crotch in one scene, and most of her breast in another. Ingrid Thulin, as a colleague of Sorel, shows a nipple in a sex scene, and there is a host of nudity including full frontal from corpses, and also during an orgy scene at the end of the film. The orgy was mostly among senior citizens, and Also filmed in a nursing home using the residents. He was concerned with how well they would do, especially when they were standing around before shooting half dressed and moping. Once he started filming, they rediscovered their libido and he couldn't stop them.

IMDB readers say 7.6 of 10. I agree, This is as good as any suspense thriller I have seen, with two mysteries to solve. What happened to our hero, and where is his girlfriend? The scenics in Prague are fantastic. Even if you don't usually like Italian giallo, you might well enjoy this one, which plays more like a Hitchcock suspense thriller, but with topless women. Base don thsi, the film is a B.

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  • Barbara Bach (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Ingrid Thulin (1, 2, 3)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    "The Case of the Bloody Iris"

    The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) is another giallo that showed restraint in the blood and gore department, and provided copious nudity, along with a darn good whodunnit. Originally Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?, it has also been known as Erotic Blue and What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing On Jennifer's Body? Young women are being murdered in an apartment building. There are no shortage of suspects, including the architect/landlord, the lesbian next door, the strange old woman on the other side who always buys horror magazines, the jilted ex of Edwige Fenech, and a host of others. The bungling police are little help, and women keep dying.

    Edwige Fenech stars as a model who moves into the apartment vacated by the last murder victim with her model/roommate, Paola Quattrini. The model killed (drowned in her bath) was Carla Brait, who worked in a skin club wrestling men. We have great breast exposure from all three women, buns from Quattrini, and see-throughs from Quattrini and Fenech. IMDB readers give this 7.0 of 10. I found it an excellent whodunnit, with plenty of suspense, and enough humor to lighten the tension when it got too heavy. B-.

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  • Carla Brait (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Edwige Fenech (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)
  • Paola Quattrini (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Multi-Region DVD Player Update

    As a quick review, a reader asked what the best bet was for getting all Region and multiple format (NTSC and PAL) capability, While many units offer this in general, most of them don't display PAL Anamorphic in the correct aspect ratio. The only one currently available in the US that does is the Conia DVD-M281. Mine arrived today. I plugged it in, slipped a Region 2 Anamorphic PAL into the drive and hit play, and up popped the movie. No configuring, no flashing of firmware, just ready to go from the box. The image was clear and crisp, and the 5.1 surround sound with sub-woofer support was perfect. Next, I dropped in a region 1 NTSC with the same results. It just worked. The player includes features I didn't have before, such as sharpen/soften, brighten, 4 levels of digital zoom, and the ability to pan through a zoomed screen. The only negative is that the remote is pretty sensitive as to aiming, and the fast forward/reverse functions are a little clunky. I am very pleased with the unit. The cost was $269.95 including shipping (UPS ground 5 day), and is available from DVD They shipped the day I ordered, and they even answer their 800 number with a knowledgeable person rather than telephone Lotto.

    This is a much better solution than a separate format conversion box, which would cost nearly as much, require setup, not solve the Region encoding problem, and not provide as good quality.

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    Yo, dudes, I'm on summer vacation. Will be back to work in a fortnight, but in the meantime, I'll be sending in a movie report now and then about the stuff now in the theaters, and maybe some "other crap".


    Here are the latest movie reviews available at

    • 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.

    Graphic Response
    • Marisol Padilla Sánchez, full frontal nudity from "Fever" (1999). Written and directed by Alex Winter aka...Bill S. Preston Esq. of "Bill and Ted" fame.

    • Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in her unfortunately way too dark topless scenes from "Rollerball". For those who haven't seen this movie...don't rush out and rent it. It's poorly written, there are too many quick cuts, and despite being full of non-stop "action", the movie is dull and pointless.

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

    Joey Lauren Adams Her brief topless scene in "Mallrats" (1995).

    Robin Tunney
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Topless scenes from the sci-fi flop "Supernova"

    Pilar López de Ayala
    (1, 2)

    The beautiful, young Spanish actress in scenes from "Juana la Loca" aka "Mad Love". Rear nudity in #1, and topless in #2.

    Marie Gillain
    (1, 2)

    Fully nude lesbian massage in scenes from "Harem Suare'" (1999), by Scanman.

    Claudia Koll Breast views and extreme close-ups from the gyno-cam in scenes from the Tinto Brass movie "Così fan tutte" (1992).

    Sarah Michelle Gellar Showing off her tattoo on the cover of "Télé 7 jours" (the French TV guide). Great scan by DaRed.

    Carmen Kass
    Cara Michelle
    Devon Aoki
    Liz Hurley
    Kate Moss
    Kylie Bax
    (1, 2, 3)

    A great assortment of top babes posing nude (some semi-nude) in the December 01 issue of Photo magazine.

    Here's the breakdown:

  • Carmen Kass...gorgeous cleavage
  • Cara Michelle...fantastic topless pose
  • Devon Aoki...side breast view
  • Elizabeth Hurley...artistic partial breast exposure
  • Kate Moss...topless
  • Kylie Bax...almost fully nude with clear breast and nipple sightings

  • The Funnies
  • A silly Peugeot ad...How to tell when you're driving really fast

  • Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Sexist Pigs! - A feminist group called "No Status Quo" is urging women to boycott People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals because their ad campaign, "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur," uses photos of famous women nude. The feminists claim PETA's ads are misogynist, that they "jack up sexual stereotypes, male privilege and conservative politics," and even if you're promoting animal rights, "it's not okay to treat women like meat."

  • But PETA doesn't even treat meat like meat!
  • These ads treat women more like a piece of cheesecake.
  • The women in this group should DEFINITELY wear fur rather than go naked.
  • But these ads are the only good idea PETA ever had!
  • Putting naked women in ads promotes conservative politics?

    Too Much Exposure To Russell Crowe - The National Enquirer tabloid claims that Meg Ryan made no friends while filming a movie in Toronto. An anonymous crew member said that Hollywood's sweetheart is "the biggest bitch they have ever worked for": she snubs everyone, she fired two drivers for no reason, and she threw a tantrum and demanded the caterers be fired because her grapes and cheese were the wrong temperature. The source said, "Everybody hates her," and union members are threatening a boycott if she ever comes to Canada again.

  • Oh, she'll never come to Canada again...They serve the grapes and cheese at the wrong temperature!
  • This proves one thing: they've obviously never worked for Madonna.
  • She plays really nice women because she likes to be challenged as an actress.

    But What A Cute Tantrum! - Anna Kournikova had a bad day Monday. She lost her opening match at Wimbledon, then had a little tantrum when a BBC reporter tried to ask about her poor performance. The BBC's top tennis analyst called her behavior "pathetic." Perhaps worst of all, all the young guys who normally scream for Anna seemed more interested in a new tennis babe, 19-year-old Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, who is not only sexy, she won in straight sets and advanced to the second round.

  • You know, it's totally unfair to Anna to start judging tennis players by whether they win or not!
  • Still, Anna won the title that counted most: "Smallest Tennis Outfit."
  • Anna vowed to fight back...NOW she's ready to pose topless for real!

    Other News

  • "Star Wars" star Natalie Portman announced that although she once dated Moby, she wouldn't close herself off to the possibility of a lesbian romance...It was dating Moby that did it...After dating Moby, she wouldn't close off the possibility of doing it with Jar Jar Binks.

  • Two Australian men were acquitted of trying to blackmail Russell Crowe by threatening to release a videotape of him brawling outside a bar...The charge was ludicrous: EVERY Australian has a video of Russell Crowe brawling outside a bar!... You want to shock Australians, show them a video of Russell Crowe sitting quietly in a bar.

  • According to a new unauthorized biography, in 1988, a drunken Ozzy Osbourne tried to strangle his wife, Sharon, to death...But he couldn't figure out how, so he started yelling, "SHAAARON! Wot do y' use t' (bleep)in' strangle people with?!"