HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN (1973)
Label: Mondo Macabro
Region Code: 1 NTSC
Duration: 87 Minutes
Audio: French Dolby Digital Mono with Optional English Subtitles
Video: Full Frame (1.33:1) Original Aspect Ratio
Director: Jess Franco
Cast: Robert Woods, Alice Arno, Lina Romay, Tania Busselier, Howard Vernon, Alfred Baillou
When Jess Franco passed away not that long ago the Spanish purveyor of sleazy erotic cinema left behind a massive legacy with over 200 films to his name. Sure, not all of these were celluloid gold but Franco was a prolific auteur and 1973 was a particularly fine year for the director with over 12 films in production, many of which are considered some of the his finest works, and How to Seduce a Virgin (1973) is a pretty great watch. Filmed back to back with Countess Perverse (1973) it features the same principle cast, namely Alice Arno (Female Vampire) who stars as Countess Martine de Bressac who's just been released from an asylum where she spent a year after castrating of a former lover, ouch.
On returning to her gorgeous seaside villa the first order of business is a visit to the basement where she curates a museum of macabre cruelty, a place where women in various states of submission and torture have been frozen in time, it's a pretty bizarre collection. Next on the agenda is to procure a whore to add to her collection, she lures the prostitute into the macabre museum under the pretense of nude modelling but it ends with the Countess whipping the slut into submission. Martine is enjoying every salvo of pain she inflicts on the woman, completely turned on by the experience she quickly moves to the bedroom with her husband, Charles (Robert Woods, The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff). Afterwards Charles brings to her attention a sweet young woman named Cecile (Tannia Busselier, Countess Perverse), the daughter of a wealthy neighbor, someone perfect for his wife's weird art collection.
The Bressac's peep on Cecile through binoculars while the young vixen masturbate intensely through a bedroom window. It's like a dirty softcore version of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954), can you imagine Jimmy Stewart jerkin' it while watching his naughty neighbors, now there's a mental image! Cecile puts on quite a show as the two peepers feverishly masturbate each other, they find her irresistible and quickly hatch a plot to seduce, corrupt and murder the seemingly naive young woman. It's a very strange scene as the Bressacs grope and grind on each other while their super-cute, mute, sex-slave Adele (Lina Romay, The Hot Nights of Linda) latches onto their leg like a horny cat all the while caterwauling with obscene pleasure.
Jess Franco is definitely in his zone right here, we have sadism, voyeurism, cruelty, gorgeous scenery, awesome 70's fashions and lurid eroticism on screen in spades, it's a non-stop frenzy of sleaze, everything you would expect from Franco is right here, and best of all it's one of his better composed entries, a very attractive film with noteworthy lensing from cinematographer Gérard Brisseau (The Hot Nights of Linda).
We have a small cast of Franco regulars, Woods and Arno are great as the corrupted couple out to seduce the younger Cecile who's turns out is not so virginal nor naive, she's quite a seductress herself. Aside from pressing the flesh with the Bressacs she even goes after the mute sex-kitten Adele, how could she not, Romay is irresistible and oozes sex in every film, mmm. The cast is rounded out by Alfred Baillou (Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay) as a creepy gardener and a chauffeur played by Howard Vernon (Delicatessen), all of whom are complicit in one way or the other to the Countess's depraved fantasies.
So, we get a great cast, some attractive scenery and the sleaze is abundant with some extended masturbation sequences, sweet moments of lesbianism and an orgy of depravity that leads into a fun twist ending, plus we the added bonus of what's most likely the most erotic molestation of a mannequin ever put on celluloid, and for that we say thank you Jess Franco!
Audio/Video: Mondo Macabro give Jess Franco's How To Seduce a Virgin (1973) its first ever US release, presented in it's original full frame aspect ratio (1.33:1) the image appears quite nice in standard-def with strong colors and some decent clarity, film grains intact and the contrast is strong. I did notice some very minor telecine wobble and softness on occasion but otherwise we get a nice transfer from a gorgeous print of the film. Audio is French language Dolby Digital Mono and is very clean and well-balanced, dialogue and score sounds great, there are optional English subtitles for us non-cultured lovers of sleaze.
- Brand new transfer from film negative
- Interview with writer Alain Petit (12 min)
- Introduction by critic Stephen Thrower (21 min)
- Newly created optional subtitles
- About the Film
- Cast and Crew Profiles
- Mondo Macabro previews (7:43)
How To Seduce a Virgin (1973) is a wild-eyed orgy of lurid depravity and lesbian delights, one of Franco's best and most composed features. Euro-cult goddesses Lina Romay, Alice Arno and Tania Busselier are enthralling and Franco captures their charms from every angle, gotta love it. 4/5
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