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.