This movie got 3 stars but I gave it a bonus 4th because I originally watched it on late night cable "back in the day" - ok, enough of that, on to the movie review!
Vanessa Bowling for Movie Score - 133.5 of 300
We here at the Thomason Home for Movie Goodness watch movies... many many movies. We have discs in all formats and across all genres - this would constitute a very special episode of Bowling for movies since this movie falls in that "gray" area with a movie which certainly isn't kept in the front room - this one is FAO (For Adults Only!). But then, you might be cool with that and are now asking yourself - Bowling for Movies? Well, if you haven't read any of our other movie reviews let me fill in the blanks. Using the latest technology and a mixture of pseudo and quasi science, I have developed a formula (which literally has nothing to do with bowling) to capture the pure essence of Hollywood magic... displayed as a score ranging from 0 to 300. A score of 108 would be a "just ok, not particularly good / bad" movie, where a score of 192 would tell you it was a very good movie. Now, break 200 and you've got something really special. Throw too many "gutterballs" will land you under 100 and well - you get the idea. :]
Vanessa - we own the DVD
What's the movie about?
The exotic farce stars German born actress Olivia Pascal as Vanessa... a somewhat shy young woman who begins this adventure as a girl in a convent and ends a sensual women and bordello owner. Um, let's us not kid ourselves - this movie has NEVER been viewed for the story. Overall the film is pretty much just one strange situation to get the cast out of their constraining clothes after another. I use a formula to calculate the actual score and I had some difficulties (I admit it). I never put a movie with basically no real story, no real character development (at least meaningful development) but honestly - I enjoyed the cinematography. They had some very interesting, creative filming. The movie takes place in Hong Kong and the natural surroundings are beautiful. The music is terrible - even for 1977. It was at this point in my musing on this Emmanuelle wannabe that it occurred to me - I noticed the backdrops, the cinematography, the natural beauty of Hong Kong, and the music - I truly have reached middle age.
What I liked:
* Cards on the table - I picked this flick up because I ran across it and recognized the famous (infamous) wicker chair on the beach... I was suddenly back in 1981 and watching late night cable and caught this movie "back in the day" - that beach scene was etched in my mind and I simply had to grab it
* As a product of the 1970's I can appreciate the beautiful women in this movie... there are plenty of them and clothing is optional throughout
* I really liked that my wife didn't say no when I told her what I wanted and why HA! I got away with an eye rolling. I can take that any day
What I didn't like:
* Well, if you pick up this flick you probably won't be too worried about low production value or bad music so I think we can skip this section, this time
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