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Seduction of the Innocents (1975)

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Perilously close to kiddie porn
16 August 2010 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

In the currently inverted world of movie appreciation, the notes on Something Weird's DVD-R issue on Vol. 40 of its Dragon Art Theatre series made SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENTS out to be a great porn film. In fact it turns out to be a nearly illegal one.

Shot MOS, with endless "little girl" voice-over narration, this hardcore picture is squarely aimed at the pederast segment of the porn market. It pulls a few punches but went way over the line as far as I draw it. Sure, the leading lady was likely played by an adult performer (although this being pre-1995 filmmaking, no one has to produce documents to prove it), but the character is clearly identified and styled to be (and appear) way underage.

Opening scene in the park has her accepting a half-eaten sandwich from some guy who masturbates on her bare privates with no penetration. Next scene she's markedly older, and identified as 13 (oops, how old was she in the opener?). Selling candy for school she visits a guy who agrees to buy her entire stash in return for... He forces her to participate in fellatio, but the money shot exists only in her voice-over description. Casting is revealed here -she is flat-chested enough to pass for jailbait, but has remarkable nipples -all the better to turn on the fans.

At school her bosomy gym teacher ties her up for some bondage action, kinkily cutting holes in her clothing and providing a surefire lesbian scene. Our heroine informs us of her growing desire to get laid and how she uses all sorts of objects (not shown) to aid in masturbation. A doctor and nurse make love including the money shot, before we return to the heroine now Sweet Sixteen, petting with her kindly old uncle.

At age 18 she gets married, but on her honeymoon hubby proves to be impotent with no amount of b.j. able to get him up. She turns to masturbation as a result. Going to the doctor, she finally achieves release during a 3-way session involving him and his bosomy nurse. Film ends abruptly after she is no longer a virgin but right before the long-build-up ejaculation can occur.

This is all typical porn of the XXX variety, made titillating by the constant stress on our virginal heroine being a child. That puts it over the line in my estimation. The actress in the demanding lead role is actually made up and styled to age convincingly in every respect, so apparently these creepy filmmakers were somewhat serious about their craft. But the film's key "experimental" motif is highly suspect: there are only 3 players, with a single actor playing every male role and the same attractive actress cast as gym teacher and nurse. Saves on the budget I guess.

Also cheap is the Silent Film plus narration approach and meager sets. Soundtrack is okay, relying heavily upon pirated Miles Davis recordings during his "Bitches Brew" period.

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