Saturday, April 12, 2008

Don't Deliver Us From Evil (1971)

















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Review:

Beneath a facade of youthful innocence and inexperience, two mischievous girls (Anne & Lore) attend St. Mary's Catholic School for girls. When not laughing during church sermons or confessing to sins fabricated for their own amusement. The pair strategically plan for an upcoming Satanic ritual, where they will denounce any affiliations with Christ and devote their lives to evil.

To prepare for the ceremony the girls secretly hoard communion wafers, eventually resorting to acts of theft when they take a priest's ceremonial garb and communion wine for their upcoming festivities. The two also enlist the services of Anne's mentally disabled gardener (Leon), whom the two thoroughly enjoy subjecting to various torments and abuse.

With summer break looming, Anne's parents decide to go on a trip for two months and with their servant (Gustave) as Anne's only form of supervision. The arrangement allows the girls many opportunities to get themselves into trouble.

It is not long before the duo decides to flirt with a local farmer. Anne manages to persuade Lore to entice the farmer, by entertaining him with a playful strip tease (before she departs to release the man's cows from the confines of the gated farm.) Left in the company of such a pervert, Lore is ravished by the sexually frustrated farmer who in his relentless pursuit of satisfaction tries to rape her. Thankfully, his attempts to deflower the girl are thwarted when Lore kicks him in the groin, enabling her to escape.

The girls continue to entice the opposite sex and commit devious acts, yet they are unprepared for the consequences of their actions when their games begin to take on a murderous tone.

"We shall dedicate our lives to Satan, our lord and master"

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In Conclusion:

Banned by the Catholic Church (seeing the movie you will know why.) & Loosely based on the Parker-Hulme Murder, depicted in Peter Jackson's--Heavenly Creatures, but with a more sacrilegious bend.

The girls interactions with various male characters make for quite an uncomfortable watch. Rape stares abound in this movie, even if the girl's intentionally draw negative attention to themselves.

Over all, I was quite entranced by the film. I liked the pairings (which are prevalent in many films) of light and dark. Anne being the dark haired deviant who provokes. And Lore being the sympathetic blonde easily convinced and usually the one conveniently left in compromising positions with the opposite sex.

I found them both worthy of evoking sympathy, and yet at the same time deserving of a good ass beating.

Both the ending and the musical score creep under your skin. Even now as I write this review, the theme is on continuous loop in my mind.

The flick comes highly recommended, and thankfully is only available in French or French with English subtitles. As it was meant to be seen.

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Salon Kitty (1976)



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Review:

Women who proclaim their love of National Socialism, and enforce strong support for the F├╝hrer, Hitler are recruited by SS Officer Wallenburg and his subordinates to entertain SS troops with decadent displays of sexual acrobatics and constant stimulation to help increase resolve among those discouraged by the tedious battle.

To further convince Wallenburg and his counterparts of their desire to do anything imaginable for the sake of the National Socialist movement. The women are asked to perform various tasks to prove their loyalty before they progress.

First they are filmed participating in various forms of coitus with SS Troops before being placed into cells where they are forced to copulate with men considered very undesirable to the master race. (The likes of gypsies, amputees, concentration camp victims, etc.) Some girls are more then willing to participate in such deviant acts, while others make unsuccessful attempts to flee from their cell mates.

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Wallenburg's plan includes the involvement of the successful Madam (Kitty), who is forced to make drastic changes to her establishment and the girls she employs. At Wallenburg's request, her current girls are replaced by his hand picked Aryan female subordinates, whom Kitty is assigned the task of training to become professional call girls.

Before the re-opening of the Salon, Wallenburg has every room in the brothel bugged, so that spies can secretly record the goings on in each room. The newly appointed girls are also required to write status reports on each man they entertain. The men who visit Madam Kitty's are appointed to various ranks and positions in the Third Reich, making any dirt uncovered by the secret operation that much more powerful. Some men unknowingly divulge potentially life changing information, including their true feelings about the war and National Socialism.

Caught in the cross hairs of such a devious plot for power, fellow call girl Margherita (whom Wallenburg has an infatuation for) happens to fall for one of her male suitors, who's plan for treason result in his untimely demise. (Even with Margherita going to great lengths to conceal his secret by falsifying her report for Wallenburg.)

After her lover is killed when news of his attempts to switch sides in the war is leaked to Wallenburg. Margherita seeks revenge against Wallenburg with intentions of beating him at his own game and forging an alliance with Madam Kitty, who also seeks retribution after numerous tragedies befall some of her girls and clients.

Will the embittered pair manage to unravel Wallenburg's corrupt plans for power without being discovered? Just watch and see....

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In Conclusion:

Underneath a guise of decadence lies a very well made film. Some of its content will be off putting to those who are easily offended.

I thoroughly enjoyed both the visuals and the musical numbers, which I found to be quite catchy.

Highly Recommended!

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