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Downtown - Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt (1975)

Somewhere in sunny Puerto Rico: private detective Al Pereira has seen far better days in his professional life. He would need more jobs, because his cash is almost empty. One day he meets ... See full summary »

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Jesús Franco (as Wolfgang Frank)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jesús Franco ... Al Pereira / private detective
Lina Romay ... Cynthia / Wife
Paul Muller ... Mendoza / Inspector
Martine Stedil ... Lola
Beni Cardoso ... Rita
Eric Falk ... Carlos Rivas
Raymond Hardy Raymond Hardy ... Pepe
Monica Swinn ... Olga Ramos / Wife
Ronald Weiss Ronald Weiss ... Criminal Assistant
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martina Domingo Martina Domingo ... Stripper
Peggy Markoff Peggy Markoff ... Lady at the bar
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Somewhere in sunny Puerto Rico: private detective Al Pereira has seen far better days in his professional life. He would need more jobs, because his cash is almost empty. One day he meets the obscure, mysterious Cynthia, who promises a lucrative job. Pereira is supposed to oversee a notorious businessman and politician named Ramos, as Cynthia assumes that he is cheating on her, and Pereira is said to shoot proof-footage of strangers. An easy job, as Pereira seems, and he gets to work. But the lady who gave him the job seems to play a double game and pulls him into a murderous affair. In any case, Pereira one day finds Ramos dead and now has the police on his neck, which suspected him of killing the politician. Apparently, Pereira was the last person to have seen Ramos alive, because he snapped the foreigner in a unique position during the lovemaking and then sneaked out of his house. To prove his innocence, Pereira goes with the investigating Police Inspector to the widow of Ramos, to... Written by lament

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 July 1976 (West Germany) See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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"You're sleeping with another one, that I don't care about"
24 July 2010 | by superguapo2000See all my reviews

It's always amusing to watch Jess Franco convert the elements of any film genre into a confused, sleazy spectacle, and Downtown: Die Nackten Puppen der Underwelt is no exception. As if the genre of film noir wasn't already replete with clichéd scenarios, here comes Jess Franco's interpretation, a furiously banal, incredibly sloppy, crotch-shot-filled piece of cinematic madness that's overall worth watching.

Downtown tells the story of a private detective and two con-women strippers, one of whom sings hilarious showtunes in English, even though it's clear she doesn't understand a word of what she's saying. It stars Franco, no less, in the main role, and features much of the cast of other Franco/Dietrich collaborations, including the scrumptious Martine Stedil and of course, Lina Romay. The latter two partake in ample nude squirming, in an admirable attempt to portray sexual activity.

The story of Downtown doesn't so much unfold before your eyes as it is babbled at you in rapid-fire, bullet-speed dubbed German narration and dialog spoken by a bunch of naked non-German-speaking actors. There's much talk about what's taking place and why, but not much action to depict it on screen, with most of the non-narrated footage devoted to the aforementioned nude squirming and occasional night club music acts. However, to Franco's credit, Downtown's storyline, though confusing and at times insane, is more developed than in most of his other flicks.

I recommend Downtown over other Franco/Dietrich features like Sexy Sisters or Rolls-Royce Baby, but definitely not over Barbed Wire Dolls.


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