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Downtown - Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt / Schwarze Nylons - Wilde Engel

Switzerland 1975
produced by
Erwin C. Dietrich for Elite Film AG
directed by Jess Franco
starring Jess Franco, Lina Romay, Martine Stedil, Monica Swinn, Eric Falk, Paul Muller, Roman Huber, Beni Cardosi, Ronald Weiss
written by Christine Lembach, music by Walter Baumgartner

Al Pereira

review by
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The rundown wannabe-hardboiled privat eye Al Pereira (Jess Franco) is hired by a mysterious woman claiming to be Mrs Ramos to photograph her husband having sex with another woman, to which Pereira happily agrees as she offers him 7.500 Dollars. & Pereira even succeeds in making the photos & delivering them ... but then Ramos turns up dead, Mrs Ramos turns out to be stripper cynthia (Lina Romay), & police inspector Mendoza (Paul Muller) turns up at Pereira's doorstep, believing him to be the killer ... mysteriously enough though, the real Mrs Ramos confirms that she has hired him to take the pictures of her hubby humping (even though that is not true) & he is off the hook, more puzzled than ever.

Pereira goes to Cynthia for some answers, & is rather surprised to find the girl that Ramos was humping before his demise, Lola (Martine Stedil) almost naked in Cynthia's appartment.

& despite the fact that he knows that he should leave then & there, the 2 of them erotically coaxe him into helping them with another little blackmailing scheme they have cooked up ... & Pereira agrees, even if that means splitting up with his good-natured girl Rita (Monica Swinn), whom he even proposed to earlier on.

In his new job for the girls, Pereira has to photograph Rivas (Eric Falk), son of a politician, making love to them, a job which he again successfully finishes ... but Rivas too is dead the next morning, & again all the evidence points to Pereira, & this time inspector Mendoza arrests him ... however, Mendoza knows that Cynthia & the mob are behind it all, & while he can't touch them, he figures Pereira, bent on revenge, might ...

& indeed, Pereira gets hold of a gun, & visits Cynthia for a showdown ... but is coldly struck down by Lola from behind, so even in his revenge he stays the little idiot he always was ...


This might be Jess Franco at his sleaziest (except for his few hardcore pictures that is), where women run around in the nude almost generally, & where sex seems to be a way of communication rather than a pastime (let alone a way of procreating). This all is done rather on the cheap & a far cry from Franco's stylish extravaganzas from the 60's/early 70's - but still this is a surprisingly entertaining (if - as mentioned - sleazy) film throughout, a pulpy film noir plot (though the style is nowhere near film noir)  filled with naked women, funny dialogue, ironic plottwists & a humourous off-screen narration.


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