Das nackte Gesicht der Pornographie / Das Porno-Haus von Amsterdam / Blue Movie Session
Netherlands / West Germany 1971
Pim de la Parra, Dieter Geissler for Scorpio Films
directed by Wim Verstappen
starring Hugo Metsers, Helmert Woudenberg, Bruni Heinke, Ine Veen, Ursula Blauth, Kees Brusse, Bill van Dijk, Carry Tefsen, Wim de Meijer, Marijke Boonstra, Johan te Slaa, Etha Coster, Monique Smal, Kaja Knies, Mimi Kok, Jan Mey, Wim Poncia, Henno Eggenkamp, Arlette Lohmeier
written by Wim Verstappen, Charles Gormley, music by Jürgen Drews, Les Humphries, cinematography by Jan de Bont
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Michael (Hugo Metsers) has just been released from prison where he
spent the last five years on sexual offense charges - but since the world
has opened up sexually, and when he moves into the apartment building his
parole officer Eddie (Helmert Woudenberg) has assigned him to, he's pretty
surprised about the degree of sexual freedom everybody enjoys these days,
and after some clumsy beginnings, he goes after one woman after the next -
too bad that they're all married, as Eddie tells him any kind of scandal
would send him back into the pen. But that's easier said than done, as all
the married women in the building are more than eager than jump into the
trap with Michael, and at times even their hubbies are open for a threeway
- and while everything else in his post-jail life seems to have gotten
more difficult, expecially finding a job, at least he has more than enough
sex. And then he starts thinking: If everybody is as sexually open as the
tenants of the building, why not profit from it and organize sex events -
and soon, business is booming, and only then does Michael realize that
this is not what makes him happy ...
A very interesting movie
for sure, Blue Movie is a mix of softcore pornography and social
drama, with some comical interludes even, and honestly, it might sit
weirdly between too many stools from today's point of view, but at the
same time it's a nice trip down memory lane to a time when erotic movies
were more than just a revue of pointless sex scenes but dared to try their
hands on social commentary (which is also reflected in the movie's
directorial effort) and made some interesting points in the process - and
still the audience is treated to plenty of pretty girls, nudity and sex.
Not a masterpiece maybe, but interesting indeed - and a blockbuster back
in the Netherlands, back when it was released.