Archive for December, 2013
‘Check To The Queen’ is a breezy, little-seen euro-cult gem starring the truly delicious brunette starlet Rosanna Schiaffino, and is also enlivened by the handsome presence of Emmanuelle alumnus, and all-round mondo icon Gabriele Tinti. The equally delightful score is by the maestro of svelte sex funk Piero Piccioni. Good Stuff!
A deliciously decadent tale concerning the dark, erotic machinations of the young, and terribly bored bourgeoisie. Three lissome young pop-tarts kidnap a lithe young man for a long weekend of LSD experimentation and sexual hi-jinks. But, it all goes wrong; or does it? The soundtrack is a marvel; everyone is impossibly beautiful, and the locations are truly breathtaking. Fine work from director Ugo Liberatore. (definitely a film that deserves to be better known)
Extraordinary, oblique, disturbing, and somewhat rare Spanish feature from 1979. This stylish piece documents the gradual subversion, and inexorable collapse of a young, dope-addled, wholly jaded filmmaker’s life. A dark, surrealist nightmare about the apparently vampiric properties of a hypnotic, phantasmagorical super-8 film that once seen is not soon forgotten! (including the viewer and main character alike!) ‘Arrebato’ is a strikingly lucid and fiercely imaginative work of pure cinema that includes some genuinely unsettling sequences; the narrative enigma grips right from the terse opening gambit, and swiftly immerses the giddy viewer in its unrelenting maelstrom of hallucinatory strangeness.
Magnificently barnstorming W.I.P drama with an exemplary cast of powerhouse actors: Jessica Walter, and the truly legendary figure of Ida Lupino add much kudos to the proceedings. It would be marvelous if they would show films like this on terrestrial TV again; if they did, I’d certainly plug the aerial back into my telly-box again! ‘Women In Chains’ is blessed with a wondrous score by Charles Fox. A quality view for those with a penchant for feisty ladies beaten down by even feistier ladies!