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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  31 January 1973 (West Germany)
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Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »

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Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to "What Happens During Ejaculation?" in which we watch 'control central' during a successful seduction. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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If you want to know how this man made a movie out of this book... "Everything you always wanted to know about sex* - *But Were Afraid to Ask" you'll have to see the movie! See more »

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Trivia

The third segment, Why Do Some Women Have Difficulty Reaching Orgasm?, was a homage and pastiche of Italian Cinema, such as the films of Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, as well as the Mario Monicelli film Casanova 70 (1965), as well as Antonioni's Red Desert (1964). Allen would later make Stardust Memories (1980), which was inspired by Fellini's (1963), and much later after that, To Rome with Love (2012). See more »

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In the final scene, The Operator says to think of baseball players to prolong sex and then says "Willie Mays, Joe Namath, Mickey Mantle". However, Joe Namath was a football player, not a baseball player. See more »

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[the Fool standing next to the Queen in her bedroom]
The King: [to the Queen] Come, give me a kiss.
The Fool: 'Course, Milord - stick out your tongue.
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits shown over footage of rabbits. See more »

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Referenced in Sex and the City: Secret Sex (1998) See more »

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Red River Valley
(pub. 1896) (uncredited)
Music by James Kerrigen
Played on harmonica by Woody Allen
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Hit & Miss, But What Hits Is Hysterical
28 February 2002 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

An uneven early work of Allen's, really just a series of sketches tied around the unbelievable popularity of the "sex" book "Everything You Wantedto Know About Sex, But Was Afraid To Ask" which in the early 1970's was THE book in popular culture. Many of the sketches are too long and "peter" out, but ALL of them have very funny jokes and insight, but two of the sketches are classics and are as funny as anything Allen ever wrote: Gene Wilder's bit where he plays a man who is destroyed after a certain "fetish" is introduced into his life and the last sketch, where they show the inside controls of a man's body as he gets ready to have sex with a date: Burt Reynolds and Tony Randall help run the master control room. This is brilliant and clever. Some times it's refreshing to just go back to Allen's early, silly films like Sleeper and Take The Money And Run, even though the man has gone onto important funny films with deep dramatic throughlines: Crimes & Misdemeanors, Deconstructing Harry and Husbands & Wives.


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