|Issue 13 - June 1973|
|Never Mind The Quality, SEE The Skin|
has been an increase in the amount of X films being shown and in the
amount of cinemas and cinema clubs in the north-east. There is a tendency
to separate these films into two categories, i.e. good old, plain ordinary
X films, and sex films. The latter seeming to be of a lesser class.
To find out if this was true and to get an idea of what these films
are like, off went Mike, raincoat at the ready, to see a cross-section
of the current sex films being shown in the area, and what follows
are the results of his quest.
Tatler - Newcastle
The second feature 'Soft Skin on Black Silk' is worthy of an 'A' certificate at most, was at times very good but finally disjointed and contradictory. Well photographed in black and white, badly acted, it tells of a young man whose rich dad sent him to Jesuit school to learn chemistry. But the lad comes out wanting to be a Jesuit. Dad freaks out and gets his hedonistic but broke nephew to corrupt the lad. No sex.
'The Stripper in the Interval' was young and attractive. Usual strip routine but barely visible for most of her act due to seating in the cinema.
Apollo 2 - Byker
Second feature 'Play the Game or Leave the Bed' - the title might as well have been 'Richard Nixon Fucks a Donkey with a Banana' - was vaguely the story of Mme Bovary. Badly acted, minimal sex. The film fails to achieve anything except anaesthesia. In short the programme was a load of crap. A diet of candy floss crap can give one indigestion and I felt somewhat bilious as I struggled out of the Apollo clutching my plastic mackintosh about my person. 3 hours of tepid trivia is a bit much to take.
Tatler Cinema Club - Byker
The second feature 'The Raw Ones' (black and white, USA) was a tedious nudist film. Heavy commentary on nudism being a right guaranteed under the US constitution, being good for the minds and body. Righteous dogma, boring after the first three seconds. The sun looked warm though; of course laws against not wearing clothes are crazy - but being told so for an hour almost makes you feel that the folk who make films like 'The Raw Ones' are pretty crazy too.
Stoll - Newcastle
Incidentally the Stoll is a beautiful cinema inside - I believe it was once a music-hall - and it's worth at least one visit just to see the decor.
All in all, surveying the skin-flick scene, if you just want to see good acreage of skin and some action join a cinema club, or buy some high-powered binoculars.