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Private Parts (1972)

Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Philip Kearney (original screenplay), Les Rendelstein (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ayn Ruymen ... Cheryl Stratton
Lucille Benson ... Aunt Martha Atwood
John Ventantonio ... George Atwood
Laurie Main ... Reverend Moon
Stanley Livingston ... Jeff
Charles Woolf Charles Woolf ... Jeff's Dad
Ann Gibbs ... Judy Adams
Len Travis Len Travis ... Mike
Dorothy Neumann ... Mrs. Quigley
Gene Simms Gene Simms ... First Policeman
John Lupton ... Second Policeman
Patrick Strong Patrick Strong ... Artie
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After a falling out with her roommate Judy Adams, a friend from home and her only real friend in Los Angeles, Cheryl Stratton, a teenaged runaway from Cleveland, searches out the Kingston Hotel, operated by her maternal Uncle Orville and Aunt Martha Atwood neither who she's ever met but of who she's only heard stories, for a place to stay temporarily instead of going home. In Cheryl finding the rundown hotel and her uncle long deceased, seemingly puritanical Aunt Martha reluctantly allows Cheryl to stay for a few days. Cheryl, who tries to be more grown up emotionally than she actually is, is ill-prepared for living at the Kingston, being scared not only of the things that go bump in the night, but those that go bump in the day as well. After meeting a few of the rather odd cast of long term residents of the hotel, Cheryl discovers that one of them anonymously has an interest in her and is thus watching her. In Cheryl secretly going on a search for her admirer, one-by-one she ... Written by Huggo

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Cheryl is a lovely girl... but to George, she's a living doll. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Per an article on the Turner Classic Movies website about this film the role of "Aunt Martha" was intended for Mary Astor. See more »

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Immediately after Whitey the rat dies, its dead body is totally stiff. It would take a few hours for rigor mortis to set in for a rat, not immediately as is shown. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Martha: At certain funerals, you can actually feel the liberation of a spirit from the prison where it's been a captive.
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My favorite Paul Bartel film
2 November 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Both an unsettling horror film, and a very dark comedy, this is my favorite Paul Bartel film.

Avoiding the sometimes too overt self-congratulatory humor of "Eating Raoul", this story of a "nice" young girl who comes to stay at her aunt"s creepy hotel, only to be surrounded by all sorts of disturbingly depraved types frequently leaves you both laughing and cringing (in a good way) at the same time.

Only the less than stellar (in fact sometimes near porn film level) acting keeps this from being a classic of disquieting, semi-surreal cinema.

But there are scenes and images that stick with me, and Bartel creates a lot of atmosphere with his use of music, compositions, and light.


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