Teaserama, a burlesque film featuring Betty
Page and Tempest Storm was just released on a
digitally mastered DVD by Something Weird Video.
Although they were unable to clean off all of the
specs and other blemishes, they did manage a very
watchable image quality with excellent focus and
color saturation, especially considering that
this is a 50 year old film. Also on the DVD are
other Betty Page shorts, and a feature length
commentary with the owner of Something Weird
Video and David Friedman. If any of you watch
this DVD, I suggest doing it with the commentary
on. Friedman is probably the greatest living
expert on exploitation cinema, burlesque, and
carny. He knew nearly everyone in the business
personally, and can relate anecdotes about all of
them. Although he did not produce any burlesque
films, he did work in burlesque, and met most of
Burlesque films were not intended for
theatrical release, but were used as fill in
burlesque houses between performances. He thinks
of burlesque as a unique art form, where they
would alternate a stripper with the other acts
which were mostly comedy sketches. Each act was
introduced with a card girl (in this film, Betty
Page is the card girl, as you will see from the
top section of the images). The strippers never
showed any nipples, and never took off their
bottoms. The idea was to tease and entertain.
Betty Page never worked burlesque. She was
primarily a still photo model, and specialized in
B&D. Indeed, her performance in this film is
not especially good, but she does a great job of
looking like Betty Page.Tempest Storm, on the
other hand, was one of the best of the women who
toured the burlesque houses. Not only was she
attractive, but she had instant rapport with her
audiences, and was master of the tease.
It was, ironically, the exploitation film that
killed burlesque. Burlesque house owners felt
that it was really naked women that their patrons
wanted, and found that showing films had many
advantages. There was no worry about performers
not showing up, there were no cat fights, you
could show the same films over and over, there
were no payroll worries, and there was actual
nudity. I have included one image of a female
impersonator, something that was not common in
burlesque. Friedman also made a very interesting
comment near the end of the film. They were
talking about the fact that this 50 year-old film
was being re-mastered using amazing technology,
and that a film that old was still popular.
Friedman pointed out that technology in film
making has advanced at a far faster rate than
creativity. They can do nearly anything now with
special effects, advanced lighting, camera
techniques, and computers. The problem is that
there are not, as he put it, enough creative
people to fuel the furnace the technical people
have created. This goes a long way towards
explaining how talented Indies can produce a more
enjoyable film than a major studio with megabucks
I was uncharacteristically conservative in the
number of images I created, leaving many frames
on the cutting room floor. For this reason, I am
including all of them, 4 to a page, for those
really big Page and Storm fans, and those curious
about the other performers on this film. I also
left a lot of material on the DVD for other
Betty Page (1,
Tempest Storm (1,
Lynn Extra Frames (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)
& Two Noughts"
A Zed & Two Noughts (Zoo) is a Peter
Greenway film, which automatically means several
- He made exactly what he wanted to make
- The plot is not important
- He is interested in imagery and music and
- It is very unusual
- It is hard to understand with only one
So how is this different from other Greenway
films. There is no use of insets. The themes he
is exploring are duality and coping with grief.
The plot is straightforward. Twins suffer the
loss of their wives in an auto crash. Both work
for the Zoo. In an effort to understand what is
happening with their wives and cope with the
grief, they start using time lapse photography to
study things decaying. They also have relations
with the Zoo prostitute, Frances Barber, (zoo
prostitute? Don't ask me), and the driver of the
car their wives died in. The woman has lost a
leg, and has the other removed before the end of
the movie. She also gives birth to twin boys,
supposedly the brothers are the fathers.
Examples of the duality theme include twins,
the idea of symmetry, and tons of puns (double
meaning). Did I like it? It is way too soon to
tell. I will need to watch it several times
before I know. It is certainly less accessible
than Pillow Book. The images and music are very
Frances Barber (1,
Guusje Van Tilborgh (1,
|Other new DVD releases reviewed
for nudity (and possessing none). Presumably,
these capsules may save you thrill-seekers some
time and money, if only in knowing what to avoid
(1979) and "Love and Death" (1975)
No nudity at all in either movie., but two of
Woody Allen's best movies. The stylish B&W
Manhattan is a love-poem to New York, Gershwin
and young girls. Since I'm a New Yorker, Gershwin
is perhaps my favorite composer, and my last
flame before Elya was 19 years old (I was 44), I
don't have any trouble relating. I found Meryl
Streep to be incredibly beautiful in this movie,
although I've never thought of her that way in
any other film.
Love and Death is perhaps my favorite comedy.
Brilliant satire of so many things that nobody
else would touch - intellectualism, Tolstoy,
Bergman. If you are into those things, just watch
it and laugh your head off. Also a beautifully
filmed, costumed and directed movie. Intellectual
Russian coward goes off to fight, against his
will, in the war against Napoleon. Score by
Prokoviev and also featuring a famous folk
orchestra in the festivity scenes. Woody's
masterpiece, in my opinion.
in Crime" (2000)
This is either a series pilot or a
straight-to-vid about a local detective (Rutger
Hauer, now weighing in about 250) who has to
subordinate his kidnapping case to the FBI. The
FBI sends their hottest hot-shot to oversee the
investigation and it's - his ex-wife (Porizkova).
When the investigation gets under way it all
points to - Rutger Hauer!!
Sound cliched? You bet it is.
Totally predictable, right down to the cutesy
precocious daughter and the animal-loving
grandma. But actually not a bad way to pass 90
minutes. Pleasant enough fluff. Just check your
mind at the door. By the way, although I've never
been very kind to the acting efforts of
supermodels, I have to make a lone exception.
Porizkova is terrific, and the only runway babe I
can think of who could convincingly play a
genius, take-charge, type-a investigator. She may
end up a great star, given the right breaks. Porizkova
I believe that this new British movie was
somewhat overrated. (Very high score at IMDb). It
has about a zillion intersecting plots, and it
was 44 minutes into the movie before I had the
slightest interest in any of the characters or
plots, and by then I had hit the FF buttom
several times. Then something magical happened. A
xenophobic lower-class British junkie nods out at
the airport, and through a concatenation of
events, he ends up being part of a UN parachute
food drop to Bosnia. His experience in Hell
changes his life profoundly, and the aftermath of
his visit is a restored bond between himself and
his successful father. That subplot turned out to
be very moving, indeed, but I never did really
care about any of the other characters. For me
the beautiful moments in this movie were superb,
but the movie overall was too disjointed and
I would love to see that one subplot expanded
into feature length. My favorite revelation in
the movie: a junkie can be very useful in a
war-zone, because the doctors are always running
out of anesthesia, and a junkie has the perfect
solution - his smack. So the lowlife scumbag
inadvertantly becomes a hero as the bullgoose
With a View" (1985)
As I wrote yesterday, life continually
challenges everything we once held onto with
certainty. When I was but a lad, we felt that
nobody could ever beat Shirley Temple's record
for most pouting in one movie. But Helena Bonham
Carter absolutely schooled the little nipper in
her role in "Room with a View"
Strange though it now seems to you younger
guys, we were also under the distinct impression
years ago that Maggie Smith and Vanessa Redgrave
were two completely separate people.
If you like Monty Python, you'll immediately
recognize Daniel Day-Lewis' perfect impression of
Terry Jones as one of the upper class twits.
Lewis is quite funny in this movie, in an
over-the-top, one-dimensional, Jerry Lewisesque
way. But I did laugh, and I never really thought
of him as a funny guy.
This is a beautifully photographed costume
drama where everyone prefaces every sentence with
"Oh, I do say, my good man ..... ".
E.M. Forster wrote the novel, and the film did
what it could to maintain some balance between
the reality embodied by some characters and the
broad satire embodied by others. If you get used
to this whole suspension of disbelief issue and
just have fun with it, you might like it. It was
written and directed by the same team as Howard's
End, Remains of the Day, and The Bostonians.
Actually, if I had known that I would have
skipped it. However, you may have a different
view, and if you like those films, you will
undoubtedly enjoy this one as well.
The first half hour or so make for an
excellent travelogue of Florence, if you've never
It has about as much nudity as any mainstream
movie ever, but unfortunately it's all lads
waving their tallywackers. Not one faint hint of
|New from Graphic
||Vidcap collage from "Above
(1, 2, 3, 4)
|All comments in this section by
"Takin' It All Off Out West"
In Saturday's Fun House, Tuna made the
observation that 'Prehistoric women all wore
black Spandex thongs'. He'll be pleased to know
that not much has changed up to the middle of the
last century in the wild west. This film also
demonstrates one of his other observations:
'Breast enhancement was available long before we
In a nutshell, this film is a
shocker. Anastasia Brown, Kimberly Knight and
Nicolette star as three strippers travelling in a
wagon heading for a mining camp. Unfortunately,
the wagon breaks down and they are stranded in a
ghost town. Whilst there, they are harassed by a
man and his two sons. One of the sons ends up
being the love interest for Nicolette.
They are also harassed by Julie Strain who is
plays an inept American Indian. She stays in the
one spot throughout the entire film and tries
shooting arrows and throwing tomahawks at them.
All her scenes were solo, as though she wasn't
there when the rest of the film was made. It's
that bad. There is also one scene that has been
edited in at the wrong spot.
The only other female is Kathy Pasmore. I
think she is there to demonstrate how high
breasts can go when you are lying on your back.
For those interested in nudity there is a lot.
There are changing of clothes scenes, outside
shower scenes and, of course, the stripping
As Tuna also said 'Not every film that is
"so bad" is "good."'
|These caps are from an episode
of The Hunger. They show Anne in all her glory
just before she is captured, tortured and sliced
up by a serial killer (see the last cap).
||The last cap shows the
preliminaries where Zev (Xenia) finally gives
Stanley Tweedle what he has always wanted - to be
brought to the heights of sexual ecstasy. One
In Sunday's Fun House, C2000 asked about the
source for a topless vidcap he had of Laura
Bailey. The question being, was it from a
Director's or alternative cut of "Lock,
Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"
seen the Director's cut I can't answer this
question directly. However, I do have a collage
from the version that appeared on Pay TV. C2000's
cap definitely came from the movie that we saw.
Apparently, the Pay TV version was different than
the version released in cinemas.
|WhyScan's Page Three
|If Page Three is unfamiliar to
link describes the Page Three tradition.
|Today's Page 3 girl....Jodie from
September, 1999 (1,
Kylie Minogue and Martine McCutcheon from The
Sun's weekend paper, The News Of The World.
|Comments by RDO:
Here are some caps from the movie "Intimate
Stranger". Tia was a pleasant surprise for
me, though I see there are some caps by Autolycus
in the encyclopedia and back issues. If this
could be found on DVD, there would be a few
frames with some clear nipple exposure. You can
see it in the movie, but it goes by very quickly,
and the lighting is not great, so it doesn't show
up very well in the caps. Also, the bottom ten
lines or so of VHS frames are always screwed up
and would be clear in DVD. Apparently it's not
available that way yet, though - pity.
know who Tatiana is, but she has nice breasts.
|From the DVD, NC17 Version of
"Crash". Very clear, high quality
|Two awesome, topless collages of
Pam from the 1972 drive-thru blacksploitation
classic, "Black Mama, White Mama"!
||Vidcaps from " Bámbola"
||Actress and stuntwoman from
1981's "Knightriders", by Akira
||British TV celebrity caught topless at the