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Play Motel (1979)

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A reporter and his girlfriend investigate deaths surrounding a hotel where several prominent people go to have sex.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Lovelock ...
Roberto Vinci
Anna Maria Rizzoli ...
Mario Cutini ...
Antonella Antinori ...
Anna De Marchis
Patrizia Behn ...
Luisa Cortesi
Enzo Fisichella ...
Rinaldo Cortesi
Marina Hedman ...
Loredana Salvi (as Marina Frajese)
Mario Novelli ...
Play Motel receptionist
Marino Masé ...
Max Liguori
Patrizia Webley ...
Valeria Marzotti
Vittorio Ripamonti ...
Guido Toselli
Bob Balisteri
Bruno Di Luia
Franco Beltramme
Michele Zurlaro


A reporter and his girlfriend investigate deaths surrounding a hotel where several prominent people go to have sex.

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Sleazy but not THAT sleazy
25 May 2008 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

You hear that? That's the sound of the giallo scraping the bottom. Actually, this is part of what had become a general trend in the giallo genre by the late 1970's--rampant softcore (and in some versions, hardcore) sex in the place of the traditional thriller or mystery elements. Gialli always had a lot of sex in them, of course, and as early as "Slaughter Hotel" in 1971 some of them had pretty much crossed into softcore porn territory, but by this time the genre had pretty much passed the point of no return and eventually would be come indistinguishable from the dismal "erotic thriller" genre that is still with us today in Italy and America.

That being said, this movie still has a few things going for it. It does have a genuine plot(even if it's brought to a dead halt periodically for a long sex scene or nude modelling scene). The action centers around the titular "Play Motel" where wealthy customers are being secretly photographed during their rendevouzs and blackmailed, which of course, as it always does, leads to murder. After a body is dumped in the trunk of their car while they're enjoying some "afternoon delight" in the motel, an attractive young couple (Ray Lovelock and Anna-Maria Rizzoli) decide to go undercover and investigate (with the active encouragement of the police--I guess they do things differently in Italy). We thereby get to witness such perverted spectacles as a guy dressed as devil giving it to a prostitute dressed as a nun, and a guy dressed as a priest getting it on with the voluptuous Patrizia Webley (from "Malabimba"). The hardcore version also features Maria Franjese aka Marina Lotar doing what she does best. The plot does hold together surprisingly well, however, given all the momentum-killing sex scenes. This is a better movie than the the similar "Sister of Ursula", released the same year (although, for better or worse, it does lack the tasteless "death by dildo" plot). It's certainly better than the vast majority modern-day erotic thrillers even if it's pretty damn lame for a giallo.

This is probably Ray Lovelock's worst movie, but it is a rare chance for non-Italians to see Anna-Maria Rizzoli, who otherwise appeared only in obscure Italian sex comedies that never made it out of Italy. She has a great body,of course, but also is genuinely pretty--more in the class of Edwige Fenech or Femi Benussi than that of her sexy but skanky co-stars Webley and Lotar. The movie is definitely sleazy, but not THAT sleazy, which might be good or bad depending on what you're looking for.

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