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by Allan Fish

(USA 1979 95m) DVD1/2

Gimme that ol’ time religion

p/d/ph/ed  Russ Meyer  w  R.Hyde, B.Callum (Russ Meyer)  m  William Tasker  art  Michele Levesque

Francesca “Kitten” Natividad (Lavonia Shedd/Lola Langousta), Anne Marie (Eufaula Roop), Ken Kerr (Lamar Shedd), June Mack (Junk Yard Sal), Henry Rowland (Martin Bormann), Patrick Wright (Mr Peterbuilt), Sharon Ceccatti (Flovilla Thatch), Robert Pearson (Asa Lavender), Uschi Digard (Supersoul), Michael Finn (Semper Fidelis), Stuart Lancaster (The Man from Smalltown, USA), Russ Meyer (himself),

Can there be room for absolute trash in tomes covering the best works of the screen?  Well, I wouldn’t be the first; various critics have had actual hardcore pornos appear in their selections (I have a couple myself), from Behind the Green Door to The Devil in Miss Jones, while fans of that murkiest of cinematic pools would point to Radley Metzger’s The Opening of Misty Beethoven (the best or the bunch) but Meyer would have been depressed by either.  Meyer loathed hardcore porn; for all his reputation as the American cinema’s premier titman, he had his limits.  He retired after making Ultravixens, but hadn’t even turned 60.  Some accused him of being partly responsible for the rise of pornography into acceptable intellectual circles, an accusation he would deny strenuously.  Yet what else is Ultravixens if it is not softcore porn?

            Needless to say it isn’t just that, or it wouldn’t come within hailing distance of selection.  This is not titillation to turn people on, it’s a comedy, a gross-out comedy before the term was even invented, a lambasting, free-for-all, taboo-shattering comedy which even could be, and has been, considered a satire.  It’s insane, but it’s one of the funniest films of the 1970s. (more…)

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