"FILM NOIR HAD AN INEVITABLE TRAJECTORY…
THE ECCENTRIC & OFTEN GUTSY STYLE OF FILM NOIR HAD NO WHERE ELSE TO GO… BUT TO REACH FOR EVEN MORE OFF-BEAT, DEVIANT– ENDLESSLY RISKY & TABOO ORIENTED SET OF NARRATIVES FOUND IN THE SUBVERSIVE AND EXPLOITATIVE CULT FILMS OF THE MID TO LATE 50s through the 60s and into the early 70s!" The Last Drive In (thelastdrivein.com)
Again here is another example of the above quote.
Visually, stylistically, and story-wise to varying degrees, without the Motion Picture Production Code guardrails, Film Noir diffused into all genres. Independent produc
I first watched this Neo Noir Drama from 1973 streaming on Amazon Prime. It would be labeled "soft core" or "R" today. Back then it would have been labeled Sexploitation. The version I first saw streaming was in a 1.85 : 1 aspect ratio and 78 minutes long. The original was 87 minutes so both would fit in the old Classic Noir "B" film length range. The 87 minute length probably shows, oh my god some real "sex." But you can see in the cut version the Noir Style of the film.
Warning the following review has some adult NSFW content.
Being curious and not prudish, I have since watched the directors 87 minute 1.33:1 cut and can confirm that it does show some brief sequences of penetration but its quite tastefully done, its just a tad over the line for an R rated film. In other words the director used restraint and good judgement. If it shocks and pisses off the puritans and prudes on one side, and gets bashed for being boring and not showing 99% of the old in and out in its various configurations on the other, you know the director hit the middle ground. It's real art in a film that has a bit of explicit sex.
Fleshpot On 42nd Street was restored from a 16mm original camera reversal using sound mix elements using original audio where available and sections of a 35mm release print. There is a new Blu ray available.
It would make a good double bill with Midnight Cowboy. Or fit in a triple bill with Taxi Driver as the other book end. It captures a slice of life and a time and place that no longer exist except in the minds of those that were there (myself included) and in films like this.
|Laura Cannon as Dusty Cole with Sugar Daddy|
|Rheingold Beer (nice)|
|Cleaning out her clothes|
|This is at the corner of Broad and Bay Streets in Staten Island NYC, (location of pawn shop on Bay ) story-wise, it's supposed to be somewhere in Manhattan.|
|Broad & Bay Street intersection Staten Island, New York City. - Unknown|
|Dusty and her bag of swag.|
|$40 but with little nookie to boot.|
|Ok but for $55|
|Don't leave any soap on it this time...|
|The shit I gotta do for cash|
|I'll meet you back at the shop|
|Unlocking the pawn shop door|
|King of Pizza , 208 W 42nd Street, New York City|
|Neil Flanagan as Cherry Lane|
|Paul Matthews as Jimmie rt.|
|He tells he to turn over|
|Van Dyck Seafood, Steaks, and Chops - 733 8th Ave corner of 46th Street, Manhattan.|
|Dusty and the Simmons Sisters|
|Bob (Harry Reems) and Dusty|
|Dave’s Luncheonette, SE corner of Canal Street and Broadway over Dusty's shoulder.|
|149 Corson Ave. Staten Island|
|Oh my god a penis... How Noir is that?|
|Post coital bliss|
This film is a masterpiece and I just don't mean of Sexploitation. The cut version I first watched would be labeled NC-17 the full version is a soft X.
Anyway it's a film that should be more known by a director, Andy Milligan, who got stuck in Grindhouse oblivion.
I urge any of you who think all Grindhouse/Sexploitation films are crap with lousy acting, direction, cinematography, story, etc., etc., go to Amazon Prime pay with your credit card the $1.99 fee, and watch the R/NC-17 streaming version of his film that is available. You may not like or approve the subject matter of it but it will be an eye opener to the amount of quality that was achieved on a low budget. Bravo Andy Milligan. Vinegar Syndrome has a restored Blu ray.
Laura Cannon's credentials as a legitimate actress will become immediately apparent as soon as she appears on screen. She very believable, there is conviction in her performance and a naturalness in a role that would make quite a few of today's actresses balk or ask for a body double. Laura a real struggling actress who resorted to porn films to be in show biz and hustle a living in NYC obviously informs her melancholic performance.
Laura while still a grad student at NYU answered an ad for modeling and began working for Shelley Karpel an old-school type of cheesecake photographer in the same vein as Irving and Paula Klaw (Bettie Page Bondage) were 12-15 years earlier.
She got an offer from Leonard Kirtman on weekends in 1970 for $50 a day making porn loops in probably the notorious 14th Street studio, with catchy titles like The Bed Spread (1969), Catch 69 (1970), Lip Service (1970), School of Hard Knocks (1970), Secretaries Spread (1970), Wall Street Walker (1970), Love Thy Neighbor (1970), Exchange Student (1970), Use the Back Door (1971), Vice Versa! (1971), and Pay the Baby Sitter (1971).
"She made around 30 films and loops, and worked for notable directors like Joe Sarno (The Young, Erotic Fanny Hill (1971)), Gerard Damiano (The Magical Ring (1971)), and Leonard Kirtman." (Rialto Report)
Laura was also featured as the first porn actress ever to get a centerfold photo spread in Playboy.
Besides Laura Cannon, the major players in the cast are Harry Reems (famous for Deep Throat) and Neil Flanagan who I've never heard of before. They both can also act BTW. Laura Cannon quit the adult film biz in 1974 while Reems lasted until the 1980s.
Written, Directed, and Filmed by Andy Milligan. It's a sort of gritty, Noir, melancholy, Pretty Woman. 9/10