Hovering somewhere between the Tavianis and the Hughes Bros. in film history, the Amero Bros. churned out DIARY OF A SWINGER in their formative years. It now has nostalgia value, not up to the quality of their later efforts.
The emphasis on rape here is astounding: lovely heroine Joanna Cunningham as Jeannie seems to get raped like clockwork every other reel. Case history structure is almost identical to Amin Chaudhri's earlier NYMPHO: A WOMAN'S URGE -not a case of imitation but reflecting standard porn tropes.
She's relating her life story to her shrink: how she was raped by a farm hand as a teen, then attacked by her boyfriend too. The Something Weird DVD seems fragmentary, as it's missing transitions, so before you can catch your breath she's already resettled in Manhattan to start a new life.
Guys prey on her in the Big Apple, but her lesbian roommate Vi Lee is supportive, natch. Her boss attacks her and Jeannie averts yet another rape by agile application of an ashtray to his noggin.
Again minus the needed transition she's suddenly got a new career as a model. She has a new boyfriend Jim, an actor. They attend a Broadway cast party anent the opening of his show, and the Ameros stage it as a tryout for their lavish party scenes in 1970's BACCHANALE, replete with winding staircase as part of the action. Jeannie is disillusioned when she catches Jim making out with a femme investor in the play.
SPOILERS ALERT: On returning home she's raped by an intruder (by this point I'd lost count on how many times she's been attacked), cueing a suicide attempt by razor blade. Hence the shrink's presence, and he sums up this case history ironically: "Thank God we caught her in time". Before she kisses her lesbian lover Vi, Jeannie cynically remarks: "Imagine, a husband, a child...and you" for our happy ending.
Cunningham is a true beauty, and it is interesting that her later film roles consisted of bit parts portraying a stripper for such top directors as Peter Yates, Bob Fosse and Martin Scorsese. Rose Conti as Vi is a good foil, vaguely resembling later porn star Cyndee Summers.
Manhattan location filming is atmospheric and other than the poor-transitions editing (which I'm blaming on print quality) the film is well-made. A touch of class has Narciso Yepes's classic guitar theme from FORBIDDEN GAMES played at a nightclub scene.
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