After the untimely death of his daughter, Paul Raymond reflects on his life. Rising from a mind-reading act, Raymond grew to have a fabulously successful career as an erotica magnate that would make him the richest man in Britain. However, for all his material success, Paul's appetites mess up his personal life, such as alienating his wife with his philandering. Furthermore, even as he challenged his society's sexual mores, Paul's relationship with his daughter proves troublingly problematic as she came of age. While trying to be the best father he could, Paul gradually comes to realize that his proclivities have impoverished him in ways that mere money cannot address.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The film's working title, The King of Soho, had to be dropped after the threat of legal action by Paul Raymond's son, Howard, who was already developing a project of the same name about his father's life. See more »
While discussing the role of a reporter for 'Men Only' magazine the Fiona Richmond character (Tamsin Egerton) refers to female genitalia as "pussy". This term would not have been in use in the 1960s when the film is set. Later in the film the correct English term "fanny" is used. See more »
Surprisingly Powerful, Insightful and Entertaining
I knew nothing about Paul Raymond and this film before a few hours ago. I decided to watch it because the title reminded me of ABC's The Look of Love song which played at the credits of Hamlet 2 which, funny enough, starred Steve Coogan (the song is a favorite of mine).
You might be wondering why I'm rating this a 10 and it's because I read Felix Dennis's "How to Get Rich," which is his honest telling/recollection of his own story about becoming filthy, filthy rich and living the kind of lifestyle that he did (Dennis is the founder of Maxim Magazine) and this movie captures a certain essence in which I felt was present in Dennis's book (coincidentally, Paul Raymond was the founder of "Men Only" which I had no idea about prior to watching this film).
Although this is just a movie, it's an interpretation, and I understand there are a lot of parts untold and whatnot, but because it shared certain strong similarities to Dennis's story, I can't help but use it as a powerfully insightful reflection of what it can be like to be in the shoes of someone like Paul Raymond or Felix Dennis, as well as those who are close to them, to compare/contrast who I am, and what I really want to experience in my own life.
I'm the kind of person who always takes away from a movie a positive effect, but this one in particular really resonated with me, probably because I read Dennis's book several months ago and immediately recognized the connection, but it was also very, very entertaining and there was plenty of heart that went into making this film -- I was engrossed from beginning to end.
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