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  • Actors: Lisa Raines, Oliver Reed, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Shelley Winters
  • Directors: Gerry O'Hara
  • Producers: Harry Benn
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BH2TH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,667 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Steamy romps galore in this erotic story of a nubile country girl forced into the oldest profession in the world. Fanny throws herself wholeheartedly into her new line of work, deliriously happy at the joy that she can bring about in her clients, but she still longs for her first innocent love.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ergoatlantis on 14 Jan. 2010
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This film adaptation of the infamous novel looks to have been the pet project of Valentine Palmer. The DVD cover says that not only is he the producer, but he is the director and writer as well. Quite what qualified Mr Palmer to assume these roles are moot points because up to this time, his work consisted of bit-parts in TV programmes such as Crossroads, The Sweeney and Minder. The rest of the cast fare little better having little or nothing of note to their names. Having said all that, this production isn't that bad - it isn't great either but it is OK for what was probably a tight budget.

As in the book, the story of Fanny Hill is of a poor country girl who falls into the unsavoury world of whorehouses but by a series of fortunate encounters becomes one of the gentry and very rich. Most of the salient points are covered and the main characters are there but the impression is that it all happens very quickly. The unusual aspect of this film is that there is no dialogue. The story is told by a female narrator, supposedly Fanny reading from her memoirs with a background music track. This was not to my taste and both the narration and music did start to annoy after a while.

The acting shows why the cast never became household names although they surely did their best. The sex scenes were nothing much to mention although Cheryl Dempsey looked very attractive. It is a great pity that she has done little else because she could surely do better than this. To anyone considering watching any of the Fanny Hill films, my advice is to read the book first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ergoatlantis on 10 Jan. 2010
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This film adaptation of John Cleland's eighteenth century novel has turned the notoriously explicit and graphic novel into an almost comedic restoration bawdy romp. Some instances in the film border on the slapstick. However, apart from a few minor instances, the narrative remains very faithful to the book, and apart from Esther Davis, all the main characters are there such as Charles, Mrs Brown, Mrs Cole, Mr H, etc.

This adaptation may have been written to be a bit of a comedy but the production values are first class. Famous performers such as Shelley Winters, Oliver Reed and Wilfed Hyde-White lend the film a certain gravitas while a bevy of glamour models has been recruited to play the ladies of pleasure. Anyone familiar with the term Page 3 Girl would probably recognise Tracy Dixon, Maria Harper and Susie Silvey. No expense has been spared on authentic costumes and props which serve to give the whole production an air of class while location filming also included period houses.

On the technical side, this film is the same as the UK release but the aspect ratio is 1.77:1 instead of 1.33:1 and the picture seemed to be a bit grainy compared to the UK edition. Perhaps it had been transferred from different stock.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ergoatlantis on 19 July 2010
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This film is the same as the German version I reviewed elsewhere. The only difference is that this UK edition is full screen instead of widescreen. I should also add that anyone who wants to know what Fanny Hill is really like, they should read the book. As you read the book you will realise that in these neurotic and paranoid times a true film adaptation can never be made. This version is probably as close as one can get, so enjoy.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2012
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70's softcore porn, previously it would have raised a wow back at the time, but now has lost its sense of brimming-over, as the wider culture is immersed within a constant sexualisation. The libertine novel, written during another sexual revolution, is a story of rags to riches through manipulating the body, pulse and emotions of rich gentlemen. It details the roaring sex trade of the era as country girls were fed into the sex machine until they learnt to manipulate it for themselves.

Once money was accumulated it had to be spent on something that provided payback, recompense for the back ache. Fanny moves from country innocence in a trajectory similar to De Sade's Justine, and then goes through a series of tribulations with men. Unlike De Sade's heroine, Fanny learns to adjust and manipulate her circumstances.

Replete with various images of titillation of a would be mild imagination, the film has bevvy of 70's actresses and actors simulating various states of copulation. There is a story and a sub plot, linked to the critique of the time. Dare I say it, this appeared more interesting than the sex on offer. The 1730' and 1740's were times of romp and bawd as the British Empire began to bring home the worlds resources, so the main ports began to heave to the rhythm, as they attracted the poor from the countryside to earn a living. Equally these people were transported en masse to make the numbers up in the colonies.

This phenomena is a world wide sociological dynamic, as the poor women either used their charms to find that elusive man or succumbed to the pox and alcohol then onwards to an early death. Fanny uses her charms to ride through the cultural storm.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2003
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Poor acting and worse sex scenes. I was unable to stay awake long enough to see the entire film so it may get better later on but I seriously doubt it. One of the few DVDs I have ever thrown out.
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