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Private Parts (1972)

Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered.

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When Cheryl and her roommate quarrel, Cheryl moves into her aunt's skid-row hotel in downtown L.A. rather than return home to Ohio. The lodgers are odd, Aunt Martha is a moralizer obsessed with funerals, murder is afoot, and the inexperienced and trusting Cheryl may be the next victim. She wants to be treated like a woman, and she's drawn to George, a handsome photographer who longs for human contact but sleeps with a water-inflated doll and spies on Cheryl as she bathes. Jeff, a neighborhood clerk, may be Cheryl's only ally in what she doesn't realize is a perilous residence haunted by family secrets. And, what happened to Alice, a model who used to have Cheryl's room? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cheryl is a lovely girl... but to George, she's a living doll. See more »


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[DIRCAMEO]: Paul Bartel appears as a derelict who comes out from behind a tree in the park scene. See more »

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Aunt Martha: Cheryl dear, when you're older, you'll realize that the body is a prison that traps and bends the natural spirit to its will. It makes us weak or sick or ugly, it makes us into men or women or whatever it likes, whether we like it or not.
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Bizarre? Or ahead of its time?
14 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

A great film, but don't expect Paul Bartel's comedy that you've seen in Lust in the Dust and Eating Raoul. While the humor is there it isn't has strong. If you go into this film not knowing what you're about to get (which few do), then you will love it.

A film that is by far ahead of it's time, it brings on issues not dealt with until Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and The Crying Game. This was Paul Bartel's second film to direct, and you wouldn't know that by watching it.

A classic that is way ahead of it's time. On a scale of 1 to 10, Private Parts gets a 10!


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