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Sex, Science Fiction, Satire, “S”

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Sex is crazy cinema in this freeform fall into experimental erotica …  A science fiction comedy which only Jess Franco could have made.

Jess Franco must have had a lot of fun directing this high spirited satire of the Clasificada “S” sex film genre in which he was working, science fiction scenarios (STAR WARS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, INTERRUPTED JOURNEY), which is filled with practical jokes, bawdy humor, strange sexual situations, silver skinned aliens, group marriage and a film-within-a-film being made by The Film Director (Jess Franco). Cyclical rather than linear, the film opens with hordes of nude aliens grouping in an elaborate mirrored space with a glittering glass ball overhead. A naked female on a pedestal calls out directions to the aliens who have brought in a human abductee (Candy Coster aka Lina Romay). A male alien “Pito One” mates on the stage with the abductee producing an alien offspring in a matter of seconds. Electronic sounds and a voice informs us that this is how birth is accomplished on the planet Goyas.

It’s then all revealed to be a performance staged for a group of monstrous aliens who look like they have wandered in from the space saloon sequence in STAR WARS. But wait, there’s more…

Then Mrs. Fonseca, the lead performer, the abducted woman in the show, is seen in her dressing room being massaged by her parrterner Flanagan (Tony Skios aka Antonio Rebello) as we see Jess Franco and his camera crew in the mirror photographing the film we are watching. Is the director breaking the fourth wall or is it another film he is making?  Just one of the many questions this film leaves open. Mrs. Fonseca is then drugged by Flanagan, who takes off. Waking up from the drug’s effects Mrs. Fonseca tracks him to the Europa amusement park where she locates him in a card game run by…. Jess Franco. She is then tied to a chair and tortured under the director of Mr. Martinez (Antonio Mayans) by nude Argentinian exotic dancers. And all this is only the first part of this multi-section conundrum. This is all revealed to be Mrs. Fonseca’s dream as Jess Franco enters the frame to give a line reading to Mrs.Fonseca and another lover, Martinez (Mayans). Lynn Endersonn, an accomplished comedienne, enters this phase as Flanagan’s new partner. All four players are then married by the film’s DP Juan Soler. They all spend time in bed together reading comic books. And then there are the appearances of Rosalinda , who is identified as the producer’s girlfriend. It all results in the emergence of the cult of Cucufati, which demands the sacrifice of Mrs
Fonseca. Finally the aliens arrive in a giant silver spaceship and it ends as it began. One of Jess Franco’s most personal and entertaining films which fulfills the requirements of the S circuit and the director’s private agendas. My favorite scene shows Jess Franco executing one of his trademark telezooms reflected in a mirror…(C) Robert Monell 2016

Written by Robert Monell

7 junio 2016 a 2:53 PM

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