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Director: Doris Wishman
Label: Something Weird Video
This is the story of Paulette (ANNA KAROL), yet another Good-Girl-Gone-Bad-Through-No-Fault-of-Her-Own. A small town gal in search of fame and fortune in the Big Apple, Paulette moves in with Tracy (perennial Wishman bad-girl DARLENE BENNETT) who claims to be a model and knows lots of people in the, uh... "entertainment" business. Not only does Tracy demand two months rent in advance — leaving Paulette broke and vulnerable — but the scantily-clad strumpet then suggests that Paulette go to a swinging party where she can meet theatrical agent Sam (perennial Wishman bad-guy SAM STEWART).
The naive Paulette goes to the party and is appalled by what she sees: couples in various stages of undress make out while a slender and sinewy black babe does a sultry striptease! (In fact, most of the partygoers are still at it a year later in My Brother’s Wife !) Sam hits on Paulette and she flees. Wanting nothing more to do with Tracy or New York, the shaken Paulette demands that Tracy give her back the rent money but the evil manipulative bitch just laughs in Paulette’s face and suggests she earn cash in "other ways."
In the midst of this nasty dilemma, Paulette meets nice guy neighbor Alan (ANTHONY GRECO). They go where all lovey-dovey couples go in a DORIS WISHMAN film: yup, straight to Central Park. Upon her return, Sam is visiting Tracy and the two are going at it like dogs in heat right on the living room floor ! Still randy, Sam tries for Paulette again but to no avail.
It gets worse. After being stood up while waiting for an interview with a movie producer (which coincidentally takes place at Ms. Wishman’s real-life office), Paulette gets a job as a waitress and is immediately fired. Totally discouraged, she narrows the focus of her career goals and settles on a life of Paid Sluttishness. Sam and a string of other studs become regulars at the apartment and Paulette passively puts up with their sexual shenanigans... until Jim (perennial Wishman bald-guy BOB ORAN), a middle-aged sadist, beats the daylights out of her.
Unaware of what’s happened to her, Alan meets Paulette in the park again. Feeling dirty and ashamed, Paulette babbles to him all about how sordid and skanky her life has become. But — surprise! — he nevertheless asks her to marry him. And—double surprise! — she says no, obviously preferring to spend her life as a ho...
Sex Perils of Paulette contains more black bras and undies, stilettos and black eyeliner than you can shake a stick at. lf you’ve seen any of Wishman’s other black & white epics, you’ll immediately recognize the tackily-furnished apartments, bric-a-brac, eccentric photography (by C. DAVIS SMITH, director of The Girl from S.I.N. ), and the supporting players that make her films so quirky and unique. And what’s with those wheat sprigs in the vase, anyway?
From the 35mm negative "That Dares to be Different!" —Lisa Petrucc