Just Jaeckin – Histoire d’O AKA The Story of O (1975)

 Just Jaeckin   Histoire dO AKA The Story of O (1975)

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Unfortunately, the world of erotic cinema is quite often left behind as the bastardized stepchild of pornography. As long as they’ve been making films, they’ve been making erotic films. Films intended to stimulate or excite the viewer but at the same time, films that are a very important part of cinematic history, and are not to be discounted. They’re not all winners, but there certainly are some diamonds in the rough to be found. Real films with real characters and real stories to be told… not just sex for the sake of sex and more often than not little to no hardcore elements. One of the true classics of erotic cinema has finally surfaced on domestic DVD, The Story of O… let’s take a look. Continue reading

Ferdinando Merighi – Casa d’appuntamento aka French Sex Murders (1972)

 Ferdinando Merighi   Casa dappuntamento aka French Sex Murders (1972)

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The French Sex Murders

Representing the trashier side of European exploitation, this Dick Randall produced Italian/German giallo is the kind of film that, lacking style, substance or budget, instead throws in everything bar the kitchen sink in a bid to attract audiences.

The big gimmick is the presence of Humphrey Bogart-a like Robert Sacchi as the detective in charge of investigating the a series of call-girl murders. He can’t really act – or doesn’t get the chance to – but does make for a passable Bogart, with the look and mannerisms down pat. Continue reading

Jean-François Stévenin – Le Passe-montagne AKA Mountain Pass (1978)

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PLOT DESCRIPTION
This film marks the directorial debut of actor Jean-François Stevenin. Serge (Stevenin) is a dweller in the French provinces who happens upon Georges (Jacques Villeret), a Parisian motorist in distress. Serge arranges for the car to be taken to a nearby garage. Georges’ friends, who were with him in the car, have continued their journeys. Because of that, Serge takes Georges under his wings while he waits for his car to be repaired, and they tour the countryside and party with the local revelers. Nothing much is said between them, but it is clear that they have become friends Continue reading

Alberto Seixas Santos – Brandos Costumes AKA Gentle Costume AKA Gentle Morals (1975)

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Synopsis:
Portrait of the everyday life of a typical middle-class family in parallel with the fall of the “Estado Novo”, the 48-year dictatorship led by Salazar. The daughters’ conflicts and frustrations with their parents, their grandmother and their maid find an obvious echo in the country’s collective events. Continue reading

Juraj Herz – Panna a netvor aka Beauty and the Beast (1978)

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A more horrific and gloomy version of The Beauty and the Beast. Julie is a bankrupt merchant`s daughter who as the only one of the three daughters chooses to save her father`s life by going to the Haunted Wood`s Castle where she meets Netvor. He wants to kill her, but her beauty prevents him from that. Although she is forbidden to see him she starts to love him and the love rescues him from his curse… Continue reading

Jan Nemec – Die Verwandlung AKA Metamorphosis (1975)

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Jan Němec’s original proposal in 1966 to adapt Kafka’s Metamorphosis as a theatrical feature was rejected by the Czech state film board. In 1974, he was forced into exile — first seeking refuge in Germany: Continue reading

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