Sex comedy: Wikis

  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sex comedy is a term for comedy movies with sexual content usually referring to those made in Britain in the mid 1970s. They may range from comic pornographic films like the Confessions series to relatively innocent comedies that include jokes about sex and other sexual related humour, like the Carry On films.

Contents

Origins

The precursor to British sex comedies was Norman Wisdom's last starring role to date, What's Good for the Goose, made in 1969 by Tony Tenser. He specialised in producing exploitation films and founded his own production company Tigon British Film Productions in 1966.[1] In the movie, he leaves his wife and kids to go off on a business trip and has an affair with a young girl played by Sally Geeson[2] There apparently are two versions of the film, one being an uncensored version (105 minutes versus the cut 98 minute version), which shows nudity from Sally Geeson; this version has never been available commercially.

Percy was directed by Ralph Thomas and starred Hywel Bennett, Denholm Elliott, Elke Sommer, and Britt Ekland. The film was followed by a sequel, Percy's Progress. The film is about a successful penis transplant. An innocent and shy young man (Bennett) whose penis is mutilated in an accident and has to be amputated wakes up after an operation to find out that it has been replaced by a womanizer's, which is very large. The rest of the movie is about its new owner following in his predecessor's footsteps and meeting all the women who are able to recognize it.

To move with the times, the Carry On series added nudity to its saucy seaside postcard innuendo. Series producer Peter Rogers saw the George Segal movie Loving and added his two favourite words to the title, making Carry On Loving the twentieth in the series.[3] Starring "countess of cleavage" Imogen Hassall, the story of a dating agency service is still very innocent stuff. It was followed by Carry On Girls, based around a Miss World-style beauty contest. Next in the series was Carry On Dick, with more risque humour and Sid James and Barbara Windsor's on- and off-screen lovemaking.[4]

The Confessions series

The Confessions series consisted of four sex comedy films released during the 1970s starring Robin Askwith. The films in the Confessions series—Confessions of a Window Cleaner, Confessions of a Driving Instructor, Confessions of a Pop Performer, and Confessions from a Holiday Camp—concern the erotic adventures of Timothy Lea and are based on the novels of Christopher Wood, writing as Timothy Lea.

Soon came Adventures of..., directed by Stanley Long, including Adventures of A Taxi Driver, starring sitcom star Barry Evans. Long began his career as a photographer before producing striptease shorts (or "glamour home movies", as they were sometimes known), for the 8 mm market. Beginning in the late fifties, Long's feature film career would span the entire history of the British sex film, and as such exemplifies its differing trends and attitudes. His work ranges from coy nudist films (Nudist Memories 1959), to moralizing documentary (The Wife Swappers, 1969) to a more relaxed attitude to permissive material (Naughty, 1971) to out and out comedies at the end of the 1970s. He did not like sex scenes and was dismissive of pornography, saying it didn't turn him on and he turned his back when such scenes were being filmed.[5]

Carry Ons become sexy

British sex comedy films became mainstream with the release in 1976 of Carry On England, starring Judy Geeson, Patrick Mower, and Diane Langton, in which an experimental mixed-sex anti-aircraft battery in wartime is enjoying making love not war! However, the arrival of the new Captain S. Melly brings an end to their cosy life and causes terror in the ranks....

In Carry On Emmannuelle, the beautiful Emmannuelle Prevert just cannot get her own husband into bed. A spoof of Emmanuelle, the film revolves around the eponymous heroine (Suzanne Danielle) and her unsuccessful attempts to make love to her husband, Emile (Kenneth Williams), a French ambassador. Emile grants Emmannuelle permission to sleep with anyone she likes, and her promiscuity turns her into a celebrity and a frequent talk show guest. Meanwhile, Theodore Valentine is besotted by her and wants them to get married. But Emmannuelle is obsessed with arousing her husband's sexual desire at almost any cost.

Sleaze and Sexploitation

The mid 1970 of British mainstream cinema was a time of sleaze and nihilism[6]

The redoubtable producer/director Kenneth F. Rowles made a copycat cash-in with his The Ups and Downs of a Handyman[7] His next movie, Take an Easy Ride, purports to be a public information film warning of the dangers of hitchhiking but is a grubby and salacious sexploitation film showing young girls being brutally sexually assaulted and murdered (although Rowles says he had to add those scenes on request of the movie's distributor).[8]

Films like Dreams of thirteen, The Younger the better, Geilermanns Töchter - Wenn Mädchen mündig werden, and Come play with me playing in Soho and elsewhere with the arrival of the Margaret Thatcher government in 1979 the Eady Levy was abolished killing off the genre.

Israel

The first sex comedy teen movie from Israel was Eskimo Limon (English: "Going all the way", aka "Lemon Popsicle"), a teen movie with schoolboys getting into various comedy japes with young girls. Eskimo Limon (Hebrew: אסקימו לימון‎) is a 1978 Israeli cult film directed by Boaz Davidson which led to a series of sequels. It was first released in February 11, 1978, starring Yftach Katzur (Benzi), Jonathan Segal (Momo), Zachi Noy (Yudale), and Anat Atzmon (Nili). The movie focuses on three high school kids and deals with their relationships with each other and girls. The film is a typical adolescence story. It contains the memorable scene of an older woman (played by Ophelia Shtruhl) enticing the three kids into have sex with her in sequence and then earning the nickname "Stella HaMegameret" ("A-cumming Stella"). Anat Atzmon made a great appearance in this movie as Nili, an adolescent girl who falls pregnant. Eskimo Limon recreates a 1950s teenager's life, including the clothes, music, behaviour, scenery, and cars. The film was a great success all over the world and represented Israel at the 1978 Berlin Film Festival. When the main actors toured Japan, they were mobbed by fans.

In 1979, the first sequel, Yotzim Kavua ("Going Steady"), was released. Anat Atzmon did not take a part in this movie, and there was an effort to find a new "Eskimo Limon girl". Like the original film, this film was about the same characters and included soft sex scenes.

Additional films in the series were produced, based on the three male actors. Among these was Sapiches, starring, in addition to the regular cast, Joseph Shiloach as Sgt. Shemesh, a stereotypical Persian Jew.

The fifth movie was directed by Dan Wolman; the seventh and eighth movies were directed by non-Israeli directors and were produced outside Israel. They became a success in Germany under the name Eis am Stiel.

1982 saw Davidson write and direct an American remake, The Last American Virgin, which didn't meet with nearly the same success as the original.

References

  1. ^ R.I.P. Tony Tenser « SHADOWPLAY
  2. ^ Oo-er missus | Film | The Guardian
  3. ^ Mr Carry On biography of Peter Rogers by Morris Bright and Robert Ross
  4. ^ behind the scenes of Carry Ons Cor, Blimey! at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Upton, Julian. "British exploitation cinema". http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/33/britishexploitation1.html. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  6. ^ Matthew Sweet's BBC Four documentary [British B Movies: Truly, Madly, Cheaply http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00c7ytb]
  7. ^ The Ups and Downs of a Handyman (1975) at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Matthew Sweet's BBC Four documentary British B Movies: Truly, Madly, Cheaply







Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message