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The Altar of Lust (1971)

X | | Drama | 5 April 1972 (Sweden)
A sexually confused young woman in a session with her psychiatrist relates her tale of coming to New York City from Sweden after being raped by her stepfather, falling in love with a young ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Erotica Lantern Erotica Lantern ... Viveca
Harry Reems ... Don / Viveca's boyfriend (as Stan Freemont)
Suzy Mann Suzy Mann ... Marie / Lesbian girl (as Julie Shea)
C. Davis Smith C. Davis Smith ... Hans / Viveca's stepfather (as Charles Lamont)
Laura Cannon ... Linda / Lesbian girl (as Betty Cook)
Arlana Blue Arlana Blue ... Belly Dancer (as Ann Young)
Fred J. Lincoln ... Dr. Rogers (as Tony Vincent)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darby Lloyd Rains Darby Lloyd Rains


A sexually confused young woman in a session with her psychiatrist relates her tale of coming to New York City from Sweden after being raped by her stepfather, falling in love with a young man named Don and then realizing that she is finding herself attracted more and more to women. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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... Burning passions in a flame of desire!




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Release Date:

5 April 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Doctor Knows Best See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


| (Alpha Blue Archives)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Roberta Findlay and Michael Findlay narrate the film's trailer. See more »


[from trailer]
Viveca Hansen: Run, Viveca! Run! Preserve your innocence, preserve your youth! Don't let him catch you!
Male narrator: But she wasn't quick enough. She was raped, violated, brutally and viciously. This was the beginning of the end. Beaten and weeping, her virginity was lost forever. To her, nothing was sacred on the altar of lust. Viveca sought professional help. But even the psychiatrist couldn't help her.
Viveca Hansen: I loved Don with all my heart. Our two bodies were as one.
Male narrator: See love scenes photographed as never before....
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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 16 (1996) See more »

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Roberta In the Driver's Seat
25 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Altar of Lust (1971)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Viveca (Erotica Lantern) is on the couch of her therapist who she tells about her stepfather raping her in Sweden. From here we see the various stories she's telling, which includes her move to America and her turn into lesbianism.

THE ALTAR OF LUST comes from director Roberta Findlay and was apparently the first movie she did without any assistance from her ex-husband Michael. If you're familiar with the type of "roughies" that the two were making in the 1960s then the style of this film will look familiar. This here was before DEEP THROAT changed everything to hardcore so you've basically got a cheap softcore picture that doesn't have too much to recommend in it.

The film was shot silent with dubbing used. Or, more accurately, narration used to tell us what we're basically looking at on the screen. This thing clocks in at 81-minutes and was a real chore to sit through as there's just nothing here that separates it from the countless other sexploitation pictures out there. It certainly helps that Lantern is so darn cute so seeing her run around naked throughout the movie is certainly the highlight. The biggest problem with the movie is that it simply drags. There's no real plot, just a bunch of simulated sex scenes and after a while they get quite boring.

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