Vanessa

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The virginal Vanessa - 'sexual plaything of lewd lechers', as the expensive bilingual publicity handout cheerfully announces - is in fact a putty-faced actress (an animated centrefold) whisked to Hong Kong for the usual wearisome round of softcore shenanigans. The fun includes a bout of love-making in a barn beneath a cascade of grain, and in conclusion, the devilish Diffring flaying our heroine with an understandably half-hearted lack of conviction.

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hubert Frank
Screenwriter: Joos de Ridder
Cast: Olivia Pascal
Anton Diffring
G√ľnter Clemens
Uschi Zech
Eva Eden

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3.8 / 5

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Alan

I think we may be getting our cultures a little mixed up here. I realize that softcore isn't to everyone's taste - some prefer a stronger dose! - but I have heard the lovely Olivia Pascal described as quite a few things - and putty-faced is a new one. Do we prefer the anemic-looking Sylvia Kristal? Not I, for one. Admittedly the film is derivative - despite the protestations of the director that the appearance of the `Emmanuelle' chair is a mere coincidence, but within the confines of it's own genre this is a worthy effort - almost a time capsule as it were to the 70s where nudity in movies was almost compulsory. It will never win any golden globes I dare say - and it would perhaps be silly to hold it up as some sort of arthouse classic - but the many fans of it care little for the accolades of gala evenings. Being young and beautiful requires no special skill I dare say - but can it not be celebrated unashamedly? Mention should be made of the charms Uschi Zech also, who plays Vanessa's sidekick in this enjoyable romp. (By the way - why do dubbed European film actors always seem to have American accents?) She is equally as alluring as Olivia. She went on to make even less movies than her, going to the other side of the camera for costume design I believe. I have to concede on JPy's last point - it DOES get a little kinky in parts but then if you're going to cater to male fantasies some of the darker areas have to be explored, I suppose. Still, at least the music is romantic! These films have their place but it would be silly to get too defensive about them and say things like `millions of people can't be wrong' - the history of just the last 100 years proves otherwise - but let's just enjoy them as a bit of fantasy and escapism, shall we?