Saturday, August 31, 2013
SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN (1975)
The idea to mix mental illness with graphic sex scenes is something that seems completely absurd but it was done a few times in the 70's. The closest thing to this I can think of is something like THE DEFIANCE OF GOOD. I guess with the popularity of stuff like ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and those movies about multiple-personality disorders like SYBIL(which this movie has a lot in common with) whack-job insane people were on folk's minds at the time. This movie starts out with some Harry Reems frolicking about and from there it takes a pretty dark turn as we end up in a mental hospital with nutty Susan who enjoys staring at the walls and being mute. How they jam anything remotely sexy into this story is very strange and if you took out the sex bits it would just be a psychological-drama situation. Susan does have a way more sexually out-going personality named Sondra who hits on everyone which leads to some lesbianism. There's also a rape scene towards the end with Jamie Gillis playing rapist #1, a role he's very good in. In fact all the acting here is really good which sells the simple plot. Apparently this was the first X-rated film to be made with card-carrying SAG members and it shows. There's also a neat twist ending that makes the movie better.
The version I viewed of this is a soft-core cut which seems like a really stupid version to release on DVD(thanks After Hours Cinema) but I'm not sure if it would make all that much difference if there were graphic penetrations since it's all kinda unnecessary and really just slows the narration down anyway.
This movie was also featured on a 42nd Street marquee in TAXI DRIVER so if it's good enough for Travis it's good enough for me.
The music in this will most likely not give you very sexy thoughts unless you're really into sappy ballads: