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Vanessa (1977)

X | | Drama | April 1977 (USA)
Olivia Pascal stars as Vanessa who was raised in a convent after the death of her parents. Due to an inheritance she travels to Hong Kong to find out the inheritance is a chain of bordellos... See full summary »

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Olivia Pascal stars as Vanessa who was raised in a convent after the death of her parents. Due to an inheritance she travels to Hong Kong to find out the inheritance is a chain of bordellos. She soon has trouble coping with her inheritance as she is thrust into her new world of carnal delights. Written by Ørnås

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She starts where Emmanuelle left off [UK]

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Written and Performed by Orchester Gerhard Heinz (as Movie Tune Orchestra)
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Probably Hubert Frank's best film
19 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film has been compared, wrongly I think, to Emmanuelle. The seventies saw the start of the explicit erotic drama and there were quite a few examples of the genre. A number of them were centred on sweet young innocents being catapulted into a world of sex and sleaze in exotic locations; Island of 1000 Delights (also by Hubert Frank) and John D. Lamond's Felicity are two other noteworthy titles.

On being told of her father's death and that she has inherited his estate, the eponymous Vanessa (Olivia Pascal) must travel to Hong Kong to claim her inheritance. It is not that simple though. The estate is run by Adrian who believes that he should have the farm because he is the farming expert. Into this conflict is Adrian's voodoo practising girlfriend and Vanessa's uncle Kenneth (Anton Diffring) who has a disturbing hobby of sadism, and a wife who is having an affair. A friend of the family, Prince Banda can hypnotise people to do perverted things. Erotic films are not complete without a bit of lesbianism and this is provided by Jaqui (Uschi Zech) who takes more than a friendly interest in Vanessa. It all sounds a bit of a hash but Hubert Frank gets it to work very well.

The DVD on which this review is based contains an interview with Hubert Frank who says that he does a lot of improvisation while filming. This could explain a lack of continuity in parts; after Adrian tries to force himself on to Vanessa, she does not seem to be too perturbed by the experience in the following scene. A plus point is the location filming in Hong Kong. The scenes of the city and environs make good archive material. The castle at the start of the film is Schloss Kufstein in Austria. For the red-blooded male there is nudity aplenty from the ladies, so despite some misgivings it deserves 7 stars.


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