Archive for October 11, 2008

Pin-Up of the Day: Sylvia Kristel

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on October 11, 2008 by dcairns

Ah, the human back. I can’t help feeling it doesn’t get enough credit, the human back. Although I guess dress designers have known of its secret powers for some time.

From Claude Chabrol’s atypical ALICE, OU LE DERNIERE FUGUE. Sylvia is very good at sitting naked in cane furniture (see also: EMMANUELLE). Although I bet by now her ass looks like she’s been spanked with a tennis racket.

Sexy Night Spots of London #1

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2008 by dcairns

The Hip Bath Club.

“Mickey [Powell] was always very keen on Vernon Sewell, which I could never understand, because as far as I could see, Vernon didn’t have a brain in his head.” ~ Lawrie Knight.

Sewell (pronounced “Sill”) had an odd, long, uninteresting career. He bought a boat and built a studio in it (what a, er, great idea!). He lasted 39 years as a director, without doing anything genuinely important. His career fizzled out with horror movies like CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (with its admirably stupid demonic s&m action — it’s the one with Barbara Steele in green body paint and horns), THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (killer moth lady!) and BURKE AND HARE.

A MATTER OF CHOICE (1963) is co-written by Sewell’s Burke, actor Derren Nesbitt, and is a fairly contrived and uninteresting moral maze / moral morass, in which a disparate group of characters lie their way into trouble and can’t lie their way out. Most amusingly, a couple of extremely camp young posh boys unconvincingly try to hook up with “birds”, and wind up shoving a policeman in front of an oncoming car, and then battering the driver into a coma with a half brick. Ah, the perils of dating. We’ve all done it, haven’t we?

This is unquestionably the best image in the film:

And Sewell holds it for some time, relishing it.

Movie’s available on a double-bill disc with JUNGLE STREET, from Odeon Entertainment’s Best of British series. Very good pic quality, moderate films.