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The 1920's: After having graduated from convent school, Lida (Bo Derek)
wants to see the world - and give up her virginity to the most proper
candidate in the process. Her first journey leads her and her sidekicks,
cauffeur Cotton (George Kennedy) and fellow virgin Catalina (Ana
Obregón), to Morocco, where she looks for a real sheik (Greg Bensen) to
lay her, about whom she only had the most romantic fantasies, but he turns
out to be a disappointment, brought up in Oxford like a perfect Westerner.
Plus, he couldn't take all the hashish he smoked in preparation for the
Second stop: Spain. This time Lida has set her mind on a
bullfighter Angel (Andrea Occhipinti) - but he's a gypsy, so he has to win
the trust of his gypsy girlfriend Paloma (Olivia D'Abo). What Paloma
didn't tell Lida though is that Angel's already married, and in the end,
Lida and her friends are stuck with Paloma. Eventually, Lida manages to
meet Angel without his wife in an opium den, but by that point, both of
them are both too stoned to do it. For the longest time after that, Lida
tries to buy one of his horses, but he refuses to sell, until he gives it
to her as a gift - which only reintroduces her wife to the proceedings.
Eventually though, one day at sunrise, the two get to shag, and Lida loses
her virginity. But Angel's wife isn't one to get rid of to easily ...
out of nowhere, Angel is injured in the groin in the bullring. Lida
proposes to him immediately afterwards, but he pushes her back because the
injury might have turned him impotent for life.
Likewise out of nowhere,
the sheik's men show up to kidnap Lida. She manages to escape though,
rather unspectacularly. Then, to cure Angel's impotency, Lida traubs
herself in bullfighting - and wouldn't you know it, it really works, after
he has seen her in the bullring, they have the most passionate sex ever.
Bolero is little more than John Derek's tribute to his beautiful
wife Bo: There's lots of Bo in this film, preferably naked, while the plot
as such is as silly as it's neglectable, even regarding this is just a
piece of erotica, and it even lacks something resembling a proper
narrative ark, all the supporting characters are forgettable and
interchangeable and seem to be written into and out of the movie at rather
random points, the supporting cast isn't exactly first rate either, and
John Derek's direction is heavy handed and he seems to constantly confuse
erotic with plain glossy. However, the weakest link of this very weak film
is its main attraction, Bo Derek, a woman who despite of all her beauty is
utterly charisma-free, and her acting is so incredibly wooden it borders
So it it's just naked Bo Derek you want to see, than
this film is exactly right for you, if you expect even a little more
though, forget it ...