• Young Erotic Fanny Hill

Young Erotic Fanny Hill

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The sexiest source novel of the 1960’s was the hot read of 1749: John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, first published in two volumes and better known today as Fanny Hill. The subject of the first American obscenity case, way back in 1821, Fanny made headlines again in the 1960’s when she was challenged in three concurrent trials and eventually went "all the way" - to the Supreme Court, you pervert -- in 1966. By the time the enigmatic JOE SARNO gave Fanny a slap in 1970, she had already been brought to the screen by Russ Meyer & Albert Zugsmith, Dave Friedman, Barry Mahon, and Mac Ahlberg, and her name had become little more than a synonym for "naked chick." It’s not surprising that the Fanny Hill in Sarno’s The Young Erotic Fanny Hill more closely resembles an oversexed hippie version of Lady Elaine Fairchild from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood than Cleland’s protagonist. What is surprising, however, is that The Young Erotic Fanny Hill doesn’t even resemble a Sarno film!

It’s hard to tell exactly what Sarno was going for with this one but -- burdened with only two or three rooms to film in and a nonexistent budget -- my guess is he turned to the early Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol features for inspiration, staging nearly every coupling on bare mattresses tossed on the floor. The girls that inhabit this squalid world -- Lenore, Joan, and Ann -- are all clean and fairly attractive English-major types, bisexual and ready for a roll, but with no street credibility whatsoever. They’re certainly not junkies, and if they weren’t so sexually voracious, I’d be tempted to label them naive. The people they clumsily associate with are a different story: Fanny Hill (TALLY WRIGHT), Joan’s spacey ex-lover from Long Island, would be right at home in the Warhol factory, and Arnie (ALEX MANN), the gum-chewing tough guy Ann brings home for a quick bang (and who coerces all three roommates into performing sex acts on film for rent money), looks like he could’ve been Warhol’s model for the Stones’ Sticky fingers album cover. Only Joan’s friend Tom seems to be on equal ground with the girls - and he too gets suckered into appearing in Arnie’s pornographic pictures.

The sex scenes are pretty graphic for the time and some of the foreplay involving fruit and vibrators gets pretty hot, but I find the throwaway stuff in The Young Erotic Fanny Hill more intriguing than anything else - like the minimalist drum soundtrack, and the way the three girls are paired off in twos in many of the shots and placed in front of a black backdrop that doesn’t match the reverse shots of the other people in the same room with them. Sarno’s no idiot, and I refuse to believe this is just sloppy filmmaking. In fact, it wasn’t until the third time I sat through this bizarre chamber piece that I realized the whole thing’s about three college girls who’ve read Burroughs, listened to The Velvet Underground, and caught Flesh and Trash at the 8th Street Playhouse, and who rent a shithole apartment in me East Village and wait around for Joe Dallesandro and Candy Darling to come over and screw’em.

From a 35mm print in "Full Living Flesh Color!"
- Chris Poggiali

Format
Format type DVDR
Film
Year 1970
Rating 18
Director Joe Sarno
Starring

Tally Wright
Alex Mann

Country USA
Label Something Weird Video
Region tv Region 0 / NTSC
Language English
Subtitles None
Case type Standard

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