Archive for November, 2010

Laura Gemser

Monday, November 29th, 2010

All good things must come to an end, even Naughty November, but I hope you have all enjoyed it.

I wanted to wrap things up with probably the most iconic of the 1970s erotic actresses, Laura Gemser. Star of the classic Black Emanuelle series as well as innumerable softcore and sleazy erotic films during the late 70s, she also had quite a long career into the early 90s and you can read all about it in my new Laura Gemser biography.

I finally completed my review of the Black Emanuelle series with reviews of the original Emanuelle Nera (1975), the sleazy Emanuelle in America (1977) and the most unusual Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali (1977) which all but drops the sex from the series in favour of gory cannibal action. Plus I have updated my reviews of the rest of Laura Gemser’s films, so why not re-read these as well.


Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Just a quick tease today with another November naughty – the Joe D’Amato gem L’Alcova (1984) . Softcore sex with a surprisingly good storyline, this is one for classic erotica fans.

One big update still to come this month…

Marie Liljedahl: the Swedish Cherub

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Naughty November continues with a look at probably the most beautiful actress to ever disrobe for the sake of art…

Swedish actress Marie Liljedahl made just seven films in a brief career, but was named Sex Star of 1971 by Playboy and is still enough of a draw to see her films released in two-disc special editions. I’ve taken a look at her two best known films, the Swedish erotic dramas Inga (1968) and Seduction of Inga (1971) although they are certainly more drama than erotic and sadly the sex scenes are all-too-brief. The Retro-Seduction cinema DVDs are currently the only way to see these films and sadly seem to be out-of-print at present.

Equally disappointing for anyone hoping for a straight forward nudie pic is the obscure Swedish film Ann och Eve – de erotiska (1970) – promisingly pitched as an erotic coming-of-age drama with sexual liberation its theme, the film is instead a very weird descent into madness with a self-reflexive cinematic subplot (that makes no sense at all). The Danish DVD is very English friendly despite a quite low quality print.

Don’t forget my old review of the Jess Franco classic Eugenie (1970) which includes probably Marie’s most explicit role, with full frontal nudity, sex and some very sadistic whipping (oh… and Christopher Lee).

If you want to read more about Marie’s short career, check out my exclusive new Marie Liljedahl biography.

Joy & Joy et Joan

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Time for something a little different. Naughty November is the first of what I hope will be a number of themed months in which I will review a variety of films within particular genres, in this case the world of erotic cinema from Italy to Sweden, but starting off in France with a duo of erotic dramas.

Joy (1983) was based on the fictional diary of a model and is very well written for the screen, balancing eroticism and storyline most effectively, aided by some very impressive direction, a dash of French surrealism and a stunning lead actress in the otherwise little known Claudia Udy. The sequel Joy et Joan (1985) is rather less effective and never matches the original in terms of storyline but still makes for an effective piece of erotica.