On caligula again, I think it was Paul Raymond rather than Hugh Hefner who took it over. He brought in a lot of Mayfair and Penthouse models to appear in it.
I suspect that the Confessions films were reasonably successful at the time simply because the market for, should we say, rude stuff was much less well served then than it is now. Only three channels, no internet or videos. What competition was there? The Benny Hill show and the underwear pages of the Freeman's catalogue.
It was a different porn baron Cart, Bob Guccione of Penthouse. The British pornographer David Sullivan was involved with some of the British sex comedies.
In fact some of those terrible British sex comedies were highly profitable. To quote wikipedia on 'Come Play With Me'-
"It ran continuously at the Moulin Cinema in Great Windmill Street, Soho, London for 201 weeks, from April 1977 to March 1981, which is listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the longest-running screening in Britain. A blue plaque on the former cinema's site commemorates this".
I used to have a dvd of 'Adventures Of A Taxi Driver' & the director proudly mentions on the commentary track that it made more money than Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver'.
It's true, at the time there was only licensed sex shops or top shelf mags if you wanted to see flesh. Also being comedies, supposedly, there was not much shame involved going to see them.
Do you mind not calling me squire or chief or boyo or mate?
Cheers Arthur. Yes, I remember seeing Come Play with me in the Manchester Evening News cinema listings for weeks in the summer of 77. What a travesty that the brilliant Taxi Driver earned less than one of these terrible smut fests.
Post by Bojan Scores on Sept 29, 2020 12:41:31 GMT
I think looking back these films reflect pretty desperate times for British Cinema. Not only because they were crap, but due to falling audiences in cinemas, studios felt this was the best way to put bums on seats. The same thought process was also behind the television spin off films such as Dads Army etc. I think it’s noticeable that tits and arse crept over into more mainstream films such as The Squeeze or the Sweeney films for example, and didn’t really do much for the film itself except to act as titillation to the audience. Nudity or sex doesn’t bother me in a film, but in those days it often looked like a clumsy add on. Robin Asquith looking into school girls changing rooms is just plain creepy, what were they thinking?
Post by Arthur Pringle on Sept 29, 2020 16:57:51 GMT
To be honest it's surprising the Carry Ons lasted as long as they did. We're so familiar with tv showings that we take them for granted but they're not exactly great films by any standard.
Not sure how successful the Confessions films were but the novels must've been a hit as there were loads of them compared to the 4 films. The writer responsible for them also wrote the screenplays for 'The Spy Who Loved Me' & 'Moonraker'.