Roxanna (1970) from Tuna

Roxanna (1970) is a soft-core from San Francisco film maker Nick Phillips, who stretched the envelope in terms of allowable content for 1970, and managed to include a lot of fetish material in his films, which were targeted at a few real houses that showed this sort of film.


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His films are non-stop exposure, and contain a lot of girl-girl along with the fetish material. This one was recently discovered in a vault, as a 35 mm negative, restored by Seduction Cinema, and released on a double DVD along with their remake staring Misty Mondae. The film includes two lesbian encounters, some male-female, an encounter with what is supposed to be a man in drag, and a little masturbation. To get past the "redeeming social importance" criteria, Roxanna was show as being in a mental hospital, crazy with guilt over her lust, and suicidal. This was a frequent trick to get by the censors, as the film could claim to be anti-sin.
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What made this interesting is not the actress in the title role, who is not identified, or the other unidentified actress, but none other than Uschi Digart in a 20 minute scene with the title character. All three women show all three Bs, with emphasis on breasts, and a few near gyno shots. You Uschi Fans will enjoy this images. There is no dialogue, but a weak narration. We see Roxanna having sex with one person after another, with shots of her naked in the mental hospital interspersed. The film is only interesting as a curiosity, but Uschi fans will want to own this one. The transfer quality is ok, but is full of chips, which they made no effort to clean up.  

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IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. The genre is early soft-core porn, and this is a worthy example.

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