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Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
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A faux cautionary documentary based on Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon that portrays several notorious celebrity sex scandals from the golden age of Hollywood through film clips and often humorous softcore reenactments. Like the book, the movie covers both real and rumored scandals. The movie consists of sexploitational vignettes narrated by the semi-serious narrator. Some of the real life people portrayed in the movie are not named directly but its heavily implied who they're suppose to be. The movie focuses on Olive Thomas, Wallace "Wally" Reid, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Marion Davies and the Thomas H. Ince incident, Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, Rudolph Valentino, Marlene Dietrich's bisexuality, Erich von Stroheim, and Clara Bow.
Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon is one hell of an expose of the early days of Hollywood sleaze even though some of it was probably embellished but I think it cannot be denied that they were wild parties, wild sex and despicable behaviour and all sorts of cover ups.
This movie version is loosely based on the book but nowhere near as biting or entertaining. Kenneth has anger. This is old public domain footage with some soft porn re-enactments of some sleazy behaviour from the stars of the silent screen.
The film starts brightly enough but after a while is stops mentioning the scandalous stars that misbehaved. I guess at the time some of the people involved were still alive and I guess the producers did not want to be sued.
It is a curious film worth watching while having access to Wikipedia so you can find out more about the stars featured and what might had actually happened in their private lives. I think some of the stories seem less sordid now, even Fatty Arbuckle's use of a champagne bottle to make up for his shortcomings.
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