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Felicity (John D. Lamond, 1979) prod. John D. Lamond, Russell Hurley, Krystal Motion Pictures; wr. Felicity Robinson; dp Garry Wapshott; ed. Russell Hurley; Glory Annen, Joni Flynn, Jody Hansen, Chris Milne, Marilyn Rodgers; softcore porn; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.

I watched John Lamond's 1978 film with his commentary with star Glory Annen turned on. (Accidental double entendres are unavoidable in this context. Funny that her name is often typoed as 'Glory Amen'.) He insists throughout that his film is the story of a young girl's sexual awakening, nothing like pornography ... but in every third sentence he asks Annen if she was turned on while doing the sex scenes, if she was 'method acting'. C'mon John! it's lubricious sexploitation.

Photographed (to quote Lamond himself) in the same Singapore Airlines style as the hugely successful French sex film Emmanuelle ... Lamond's contempt for his audience, and indeed for the cinema in general, is apparent throughout, and the film wasn't the colossal success everyone hoped for. Stratton: 270.

Garry Gillard | New: 23 October, 2012 | Now: 5 April, 2020