Young, pretty and innocent Fanny Hill has lost her parents and must find her way through the perils of 18th century London. Featuring Pre-Code comedy legend Miriam Hopkins (Trouble in Paradise) in one of her last roles!
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Naughty and fun!!! MUBI may be exploring new depths, but this is positively highbrow compared to the other films by legendary smut impresario Russ Meyer. If you want an example of his lowbrow work, check out MUDHONEY (1965)!
This film is the kind of mad fusion of personalities that rarely happens anymore. Imagine Pathe hiring Greg Dark to make Wuthering Heights in 98. I do wish I'd been around in the 60s to see this kind of thing first-hand because it couldn't be anymore fascinating. The movie is entertaining in a charmingly antiquated way. Made before Meyer discovered real violence and he really came into his own.
Fanny Hill at least looks good. The art department did a great job of establishing the period, and it's well photographed. The plot, however, is frivolous, and few today would bat an eye at the movie's content, rendering the exploitation label inappropriate. It has a few good laughs, and it certainly could be much worse, but the script is too lightweight for me to recommend this movie. An incredibly average picture.
Pure fun. Although Meyer's female characters are always hyper-sexualized they never fall into typical stereotypes of weakness and reliance on men. The women in this film never do anything unwillingly and always hold the upper hand despite the best efforts of society to keep them down.
Russ Meyer got away with murder with this. Pretentious, boring, fatuous, not even sexy. No nudity and where are the pulchritudinous fillies? A nice slice of sixties exploitation that no doubt was sold via the fact that he got the book rights and had a poster.