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Goofball porn shot on exotic locations
lor_ from New York, New York
8 March 2011
Filmmaker Zygmunt Sulistrowski was a trailblazer -like the Italian
pornographer Ugo Liberatore he pioneered the format of shooting
low-budget erotica on exotic globe-hopping locations. Neither of them
made the big time, as Just Jaeckin's EMMANUELLE and Hubert Frank's
VANESSA later became the Gold Standard for this genre, but Africa
EROTICA is an unintentionally humorous example.
I found Sulistrowski's later THE AWAKENING OF ANNIE to be the ultimate
in nonsensical porn of this type, alongside which Africa is merely
silly. But they share almost identical plot gimmicks and porn filler
content. NOTE that IMDb credits a French co-director, but the print I
watched only credits ZS, even giving him an editing nod under the dumb
backwards pseudonym "Ikswort Silus".
One-shot beauty Carrie Rochelle stars as the hapless heroine Karen who
(just like Annie in the later movie) is smooth-talked by a photographer
Robert (slimy "hero" Darr Poran) into traveling as his model for a
fashion shoot in Uganda and Tanzania. This occasions many idiotic
scenes with the native fauna, silliest of which is the stars fighting
with a snake intent on squeezing them to death. You don't need the
MST3K boys to make fun of this junk.
Another common element with ANNIE is ZS's use of unmatched random porn
footage, spliced into the film at odd moments. He even features a
softcore sex scene (flashback of the heroine having been raped as a
young teen) in which Carrie has two radically different shaped body
doubles showing their stuff. I've seen many a hardcore insert to spice
up a movie years later, but this seemingly integrated softcore punch-up
material is jarring and very poorly executed here.
Film's most bizarre sequence deals with bestiality: a cute chimp,
always present somewhere in these Africa-set escapist movies, fondles
Carrie's unconscious body after she falls out of a tree, and the scene
is pretty dirty (though strictly soft X).
Structure of the movie is all over the place, with it starting all over
again midway as Robert boringly relates an earlier photo shoot
adventure he had in Hong Kong with a lovely Asian model.
Basically, this farrago is merely an excuse to ogle a truly beautiful
girl undressed. The creepy Darr Poran, who is described as being in his
"early 40s" but looks more like 60-plus, ruins the movie, what there is
left to ruin. Brigitte Lahaie has a small role (appearing at the
65-minute mark), styled as a brunette; presumably her footage was added
to the film years later for a re-release, rather than shot in 1970 (7
years before her official credits begin). but I didn't spot her.
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