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The Flesh Is Weak [DVD]


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  • Directors: Don Chaffey
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BOA2OS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first ever DVD release of this 1957 film about vice gangs in the capital. Directed by renowned British Hollywood director Don Chaffey (Jason & The Argonauts, One Million Years BC). Features booklet notes and trailers. Picture and sound Restored by BBC Post Production Tony Giani (John Derek, The Ten Commandments) is a pimp who preys on the naive,"just off the bus" young women who come to post-war London for fame and fortune. He wines and dines them, gets them a place to stay and even finds them a job. Then he pretends he needs money fast and convinces them to prostitute themselves, before long they re a Giani Girl. Marissa Cooper (Millie Vitale, War and Peace) is one such girl fresh off the boat from Italy but when she sees Tony for who he really is her life is suddenly put in extreme danger...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gilly iloveblackandwhitefilms on 2 Nov 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was just a teenager when this film came out. The billboards showed a film that was obviously shocking and was obviously about....sex. We were too young obviously to see it at the cinema but I recently came across it and was interested to see whether the hype at the time was justified. I found it was pure nostalgia and very innocent by todays standards I sat down to watch it with a glass of wine and loved every minute of it, getting the flavour of life as it was then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
I am quite sure that back in 1957 this film was racy and the thought of going to see it would have upset quite a few older people in the small towns up and down the country. Today the film seems somewhat quaint to my eyes and all I can see are strong performances from the likes of John Derek, Milly Vitale; William Franklyn; Martin Benson & Freda Jackson. Raymond Stross was always pushing the exploitation barriers and with Don Chaffey directing they have a fascinating look into prostitution in the late 1950s. The mix of location filming and studio scenes at Nettlefold create a world of drinking clubs, gambling and girls. The 2 brothers running the racket are bad boys and the police don't seem too much on the ball. If it wasn't for William Franklyn's character the racket would have gone on for a lot longer. Good sound and picture quality and informative booklet. Good price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
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The Flesh is Weak is directed by Don Chaffey and written by Leigh Vance and Deborah Bedford. It stars John Derek, Milly Vitale, William Franklyn, Martin Benson, Freda Jackson and Norman Wooland. Music is by Tristram Cary and cinematography by Stephen Dade (not Gerry Massy- Collier as listed in some sources).

It's a British crime drama with film noir shadings. Plot finds Vitale as the innocent girl who upon visiting London falls in love with the shifty Tony Giani (Derek). Before you can say "vice girls" she finds herself facing up to the harsh realities of the Giani family operations.

It's a nasty subject that is still relevant today, but the makers handle the subject well. Obviously clipped somewhat by how far they could push the material at the time, it's still surprisingly frank with the vice girls subject to hand. Strong plot is acted accordingly, with the main characterisations carrying a believable factor that hits home the required impact.

The girls are treated with sympathetic hands, steering the story away from exploitation histrionics, and while it's a bit too stage bound to really give it some earthy strength, it's a well constructed production that's further boosted by Dade's moody photography. Interesting low rumbling horror movie type score by Cary as well. 7/10
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Archie on 3 July 2010
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An odd film, in a sense it tries to have its cake and eat it. An attempt to blend sleaze and sexploitation with an earnest message about vulnerable girls arriving in London and falling prey to sinister forces. It seems to have been inspired by the case of the Messina brothers. A story which I remember being mystified by as a young child in the 1950's, when reading about it in the newspaper at home, where of course no explanation was forthcoming from my parents about what it all meant, but it plainly was something a bit forbidden and exciting. Sadly this film is not very fulfilling in those categories but a bit of an earnest plod. Fascinating in many ways and some intriguing minor characters, such as the prostitute's 'maid' and the sympathetic streetwalker verging on middle age and past her 'best'. A curiosity but don't expect thrills.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By benjamin on 23 Aug 2013
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good film very dated when this film came out i was too young to see it as it was an X
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