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Felicity (1978)

Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny. But then she receives an invitation to her sister in ... See full summary »

Director:

John D. Lamond

Writers:

Diane Lamond (as Felicity Robinson), John D. Lamond (as Felicity Robinson)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Glory Annen ... Felicity Robinson
Chris Milne Chris Milne ... Miles (as Christopher Milne)
Joni Flynn ... Me Ling
Jody Hanson Jody Hanson ... Jenny
Marilyn Rodgers Marilyn Rodgers ... Christine
Gordon Charles Gordon Charles ... Stephen
John Michael Howson John Michael Howson ... Adrian / Peeping Tom Gardener
David Bradshaw David Bradshaw ... Andrew
Christine Calcutt Christine Calcutt ... Nun
Angela Menzies-Wills Angela Menzies-Wills ... Bathhouse girl 1 (as Angela Menzies)
Sarah Lee Sarah Lee ... Bathhouse girl 2
Charles Gilroy Charles Gilroy ... Mr. Jacobs
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Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny. But then she receives an invitation to her sister in Hong-Kong and can't wait to finally do the real thing. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's not just what she does, but where she does it! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1978 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

16 años y era aún virgen See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bicycle riding sequence was specifically inspired and influenced by the films of director David Hamilton. See more »

Quotes

Felicity: I'm taking a bath.
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Connections

Features The ABC of Love and Sex: Australia Style (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama's Little Girl No More
Written by Dennis Lambert (as D. Lambert) and Brian Potter (as B. Potter)
Sung by Linda George
by courtesy of Image Records
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My all time favorite erotic movie
30 September 2003 | by squeezeboxSee all my reviews

When I was twelve or thirteen, my family first got cable. One hundred channels right there at our fingertips. For the first time, we had access to MTV (still a novelty), HBO (R rated movies!!!) and Cinemax. It was the latter that would prove to be prophetic in my life, as I soon discovered that on Friday nights, after 10:00PM, Cinemax showed softcore erotica. My parents, I'm sure, would have preferred me not to view these movies, but they trusted me enough to assume that if it was something I knew I should not watch, I'd turn it off. For the most part, they were right. But when it came to FELICITY, I had no choice but to bend the rules.

FELICITY is an obscure Australian/Chinese co-production which deserves a lot more recognition than it has ever received. It is just as intensely sensual now as it was when I first saw it twenty years ago, staring wide eyed at the TV.

It tells the story of a young woman, Felicity (Glory Annen), who is attending a finishing school for girls. Her budding hormones are slowly driving her wild, as she finds herself uncontrollably turned on by watching her classmates in the showers, or even being spied upon by horny local boys and groundskeepers. Her only outlet for these desires are a few unfulfilling trists with her schoolmates. Her salvation comes in the form of a free trip to Hong Kong, courtesy of Dad. She travels to China, where she is shown the sights--and the night life--by a young Asian woman (Jodi Flynn). And so begins an Emmanuelle-esque odyssey of sex and self-discovery.

What is so amazing about FELICITY is how it manages to steer clear of sleaze and seediness without ever shying away from explicit scenes of eroticism. The movie is chock full of sex scenes, including quickies on the bus, in an elevator and a hallway, a very long Asian bathhouse sequence, Felicity spying on her aunt and uncle making love, and an intensely erotic sequence in which she is taken from behind by a man she never even sees, while watching her friend engaged in her own makeout session.

This may all sound extremely sordid, but somehow the filmmakers manage to keep it from ever becoming a sleazefest, as most of the sex scenes are portrayed as innocent, experimental encounters. Felicity eventually meets a nice guy (Christiopher Milne), and soon discovers that, while sex itself is great, it's much better when it's with someone you love. The movie definitely has a more European attitude toward sex; in other words, sex is a normal, healthy part of life, which exists to be experienced and savored, an attitude which has been buried under sensationalism, puritanism and conservatism in America, if it ever existed here at all.

FELICITY is worth seeking out if only to behold the vision of female sensuality that is Glory Annen, a lovely young woman who looks like a cross between Traci Lords and Kate Winslet. Annen is one of those wonderfully likeable actresses of the late 70s/early 80s like Diane Franklin or Judy Aronson whom one wishes had moved on to bigger and better things. Alas, although she currently runs a successful casting agency in London, Annen fell into obscurity after a few film appearances in the early 80s. It's a shame, she should have been a star.

Anyone who enjoys a good erotic movie without the sleaze should try and get their hands on a copy of this masterpiece of soft core cinema. It may seem naive by today's standards, but after such cynical and paint-by-numbers "eroticism" like RED SHOE DIARIES and Cinemax's current After Dark line up, it's a breath of fresh air.


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