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Vixen! (1968)

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Vixen lives in a Canadian mountain resort with her naive pilot husband. While he's away flying in tourists, she gets it on with practically everybody including a husband and his wife, and ... See full summary »

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Vixen lives in a Canadian mountain resort with her naive pilot husband. While he's away flying in tourists, she gets it on with practically everybody including a husband and his wife, and even her biker brother. She is openly racist, and she makes it clear that she won't do the wild thing with her brother's biker friend, who is black. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Vixen Palmer: [to Janet] I know it's strange, but your body really turns me on!
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An erotic landmark from Russ Meyer and Erica Gavin
11 June 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Vixen! was a pivotal film in sexploitation director Russ Meyer's career. It was the most commercially successful film he had made up to that point, in fact it mad an absolute mint at the box office making $8,000,000 from a budget of $76,000 – you don't need to be very good at arithmetic to see that that is a serious profit margin on a pretty minimal outlay. Needless to say, Hollywood couldn't help but take note of this and within a couple of years he was working for Twentieth Century Fox on his masterpiece Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970). But that's another story, back to Vixen!

Perhaps one of the reasons it did so well was on account of its sheer sexiness. Meyer consistently worked in the soft-core erotic sub-genre but his films were often more made up of erotic elements than full-blown soft-core sex films. Vixen! is probably the first, and maybe even the last, where he went full on to make such a film. Consequently it has several quite prolonged sexual encounters that aren't played for laughs and it is certainly his most sexually explicit feature up to that point and is less cartoonish than his later films. Like a few other Meyer flicks from this period in his career, it works as a melodrama, with heightened realism. Its story revolves around the wife of a bush jockey called Vixen. She possesses a ludicrously high sex-drive and throughout the narrative pounces on a variety of people who come into her orbit.

First and foremost it has to be said that a large percentage of the reason this film was so popular was down to its leading lady, the extremely sexy Erica Gavin. She was less buxom than the vast majority of Meyer's other female stars, yet that is clearly a relative statement and she is still somewhat blessed in this area. She certainly fits the mould of Meyer women in other ways; she is a voracious and ferocious presence. In fact she plays a character that is downright nasty in many ways, on account of her persistent racial taunting of Niles, her brother's black friend. The racial content was probably pushing some taboo areas back in the day but it sure doesn't end there as Vixen also makes time to make out with her own brother in the shower! Aside from this she has sex with two different other men, makes time for a lesbian coupling and dances suggestively with a dead fish. Its non-stop action with Vixen, so much so that this was the first film to be granted an X rating by the American ratings board for its sex scenes alone.

Aside from all of the agreeable erotic content, this movie looks good. Its typically well photographed and edited by Meyer, who was a perfectionist in this area. Not only that but the wilderness locations make for a very attractive backdrop to proceedings. The story-line is hardly very important but for what it's worth it covers topics such as the Vietnam War and Communism. Relevant to the latter is an Irishman who pitches up late in the film to try and hijack the bush plane in an attempt to travel to Cuba! It's a ludicrous plot development of course, but what do you expect? Overall, I would consider Vixen! to be an erotic landmark and a highly enjoyable exploitation flick.


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