A man and a woman and a woman and a man and a man and a woman etc., etc. Riding an early 70s wave of ever more liberal big screen morals, Score takes us to the imaginary city of Leisure, where an experienced couple are playing dangerous games of seduction on the swinging scene.
It is with great sadness that the censors have cut this film by over 6 minutes, according to the BBFC website. The cut relates to `unsimulated' sexual activity. Just like the sort you can see in Caligula, 9 songs, Brown Bunny which has legitimately been passed with an 18 certificate in the UK. They offered an uncut version that could only be sold in licensed sex shops which the distributor turned down and rightly so. The law here must change - this is not a porno flick but a sensual erotic masterpiece that is beautifully directed, written and acted. To see this in its full version the consumer would have to go to some dodgy sex shop which is no place for a movie of this calibre. As stated this is not pornography but erotica/erotic drama but disappointingly and shamefully in the United Kingdom 2013 our censors cannot differentiate between the two??!! Fortunately the uncut version is available on blu-ray and dvd in the USA but you need multi region facilities to see it as the blu ray region is locked and the DVD is region 1 only. What is also sad is that Arrow have produced a smashing package bursting with extras and commentaries that would be the definitive release but it is marred utterly by pathetic draconian laws for the benefit of the prudish in society. With some of the films released that show explicit sexual activity this definitely highlights the double standards for film. This film censorship is disgraceful and highlights all that is wrong with a system that is no longer relevant in 2013 .
The Blu-ray disc I watched was a restored copy of a film with the year 1976, apparently an edited version. Jack (Gerald Grant) and Elvira (Claire Wilbur) are swingers. She is bored by being able to easily score due to the Al Goldstein publication which lets them advertise. Elvira has been attempting to score with Betsy (Lynn Lowry) and Eddie (Casey Donovan). She likes the chase.
The couple swap didn't go as I would have liked as same sex couples paired up. The monologue comes across as a Creative Writing 101 project. I was not overly impressed, and in fact it brought a chuckle as I had to laugh at what passed for clever in 1970 something.
Would have been better if it had not been cut. The missing parts were part of what made this film so controversial at the time. That was a major edge to the film and part of the core question about exploring sexually boundaries. Even the censored scenes we're not exactly shocking in comparison to modern independent movies. It is just a shame that we do not get to see the film as the makers intended.
I have the Blu-ray, but not knowing the original it's hard to know whether it is the cut version on not. What was the original running time before the cuts. I'm not sure how explicit it was ever intended to be.