Rolls-Royce Baby (1975)
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The film works on levels often higher than American pornographic cinema at the time which was focused on the birth of conventions, chic, and making names out of its stars (many of them, the hard way as we came to learn in future decades). Rolls-Royce Baby, made in West Germany, seems to be more concerned with decadence in its sex scenes, as well as atmosphere and effect. For example, the opening scene, which depicts Romay completely nude, albeit crotch-less fishnets, in her spacious mansion. She is sitting on her rocking chair, masturbating and in her room is beautiful carpeting, a beautiful red leather chair, as well as gorgeous lights and a soothing, sensual environment. Dietrich employs lengthy long shots, allowing our eyes to move around the scene's specific location to absorb the aura of whatever room he focuses on.
It also helps that Romay is the gorgeous soul she is, lean, pale, with curly and lively black hair, almost always entirely nude throughout the whole film and consistently engaging in a wide variety of sexual activity. Dietrich doesn't discriminate, allowing various positions of masturbation, oral sex, lesbian sex, and even group sex to engage before his camera. The film has an erotic power to its material, combining Romay's goddess-like traits with an accompanying xylophone tune that you will hear in your sleep and the incredible atmospheres from Lisa's mansion to the outskirts of West Germany while she travels in her Rolls-Royce.
The film is almost incomparable to films of America's "Golden Age of Porn." Despite showing both full-frontal male and female nudity, compared to the standards set forth by films such as Debbie Does Dallas and Deep Throat, Rolls-Royce Baby is rather tame. However, it has the power of mesmerizing based on the attributes of its set design and its lead actress, both of which are stunning and capable of holding ones attention. Rolls-Royce Baby, thus far, may be the best pornographic film aesthetically that I've seen thus far.
Starring: Lina Romay and Eric Falk. Directed by: Erwin C. Dietrich.
As in most of her films, she doesn't do very much, but she does it beautifully, and her performance is understated but somehow powerful and compelling. As others have commented, there is very little storyline, but it doesn't really matter as Miss Romay is on screen most of the time, looking absolutely stunning and elegant, and virtually naked throughout. And despite all that she looks more comfortable in this production than I have ever seen her. A more than decent soundtrack makes up for the lack of dialogue.
The DVD version I watched had been made from a much better quality print than you'd expect for a cult film of such antiquity and is well worth purchasing if you are a fan of Miss Romay's work.
Personally, I think this is the best film Lina Romay ever made, and a must to watch if you are a fan of her, though maybe not quite so good as an introduction to her filmography.
Like in "Gefangene Frauen" AKA "Island Women", Dietrich's sense of light and color adds visual appeal to a fairly dull storyline, which makes this film almost watchable. Another plus is that the film adheres strictly to Dietrich's 10 second rule, which dictates that no more than 10 seconds shall pass without on-screen nudity, preferably in the form of close-ups of female pubes. Yet despite the undeniable effectiveness of these techniques, "Rolls-Royce Baby" starts to fall apart after only twenty minutes, thanks to the complete absence of anything resembling a plot.
It's fair to say that this film doesn't qualify as good by virtually any standards, including prurient ones. Falk almost saves the day with his atrocious performance and spectacular martial arts displays, but doesn't overcome the meandering, repetitive "plot" that eventually calls for the fast-forward button. It's probably best to stay away from this film.
** (out of 4)
Dietrich, best known for producing several Jess Franco films, takes the director's chair and delivers an average sexploitation film, which stars Lina Romay. In the film, Romay plays a sex addict who has become a famous movie star. To get her sexual needs, she has her chauffeur (Eric Falk) drive her around in the Rolls-Royce to pick up various men and women for sex. This film is pretty much softcore except for a small oral scene and this mix really gives the film a what the hell feel because I'm not quite sure what Dietrich was going for. The film is never really erotic because the sex scenes are more graphic than anything else but at the same time they never go hardcore so all of the scenes are in a rather strange mix in terms of what's going on. When I first watched this film I was shocked to see Romay doing the oral sex scenes but since then I've seen over a hundred Franco movies and know that Romay has gone onto do countless hardcore movies. She's pretty good in the film and one could argue that she's never looked better. The film opens up with her shaving her private areas with a straight razor so she certainly isn't shy. In the end the film comes off rather flat but fans of Romay will certainly want to take the ride (no pun of course).
This particular DVD has a blow job scene with Lina Romay & it contains a lot of nudity including parts of both male & female anatomy.
Definitely not something you want the kids to see. It is a relatively slow film about a nymphomaniac (Romay) who has her driver driving her around while she has sex in her Rolls Royce.
Not something I can recommend unless you're a Romay fan or a fan of classic erotica.
If you want to see a good Lina Romay film, then definitely check out Jess Franco's Eugenie.
Lina Romay is in her prime here, young and fresh. She has a habit of driving around in her Rolls, naked and spread out in the back, picking up any hitchhikers she may see; male or female.
There is nothing special about the plot, you could say the whole plot is nothing more than an excuse to show Lina nude, and you would probably be right. The photography is good and clear, the production values are good, and the acting....well, how much acting do you really want to see in a movie like this? What acting there was on display was acceptable, let's leave it at that.
It's too bad that today's sexploitation films think they need some thinly veiled reason to show naked women: comedy, horror, whatever. Rolls Royce Baby presents no excuse and glories in it. If you like watching beautiful naked women then check it out, you won't be sorry.
She becomes rich and famous, thanks to a fortuitous movie-role. The incident is still very much on her mind, and she apends her days reversing the role she played. Picking up numerous lucky sods in the back of her Rolls Royce, and satisfying herself on them, she drives off and moves onto the next.
Dietrich regular Eric Falk plays her chauffeur, and almost steals the show with his scenes of intense, straight-into-the-camera kung-fu, clad in a pair of disappearing karate trousers. These are the standouts of the movie, as is the sequence where the truck-driver gets a fit of the giggles watching Romay get off with his mate.
The rest of the film concentrates on hardcore couplings, but these are very nicely-shot in bright yellow and greens, mirroring the countryside where Romay's character lives. Most hardcore movies get more than a little tedious with their repetitiveness, and this one is no exception, but at least Dietrich has the good sense to throw in a lot of humour.
Any movie that has Lina Romay brushing her pubes in close-up can't be all bad, can it?