Tuesday, April 19, 2016
I thought at first this was going to be some sort of a teen sex comedy flick but it's actually something much stranger and more unique than that. This is the sort of film that could only have been made in the late 60s. Based on some sexy 60s book the plot follows our main character Candy(Ewa Aulin) from high-school to her travels all over the U.S. getting into some sexy hi-jinks and bizarre adventures. It reminded of the 70s porn flick CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD which was obviously an X-rated takeoff on this and it also reminded me of a live-action version of one of those Ralph Bakshi cartoon films. This isn't porn though and doesn't even have much nudity besides an occasional nipple or bare-ass supplied by our young star here and there. There's a ridiculously star-studded cast including Marlon Brando as an Eastern mystic, James Coburn as an egotistical doctor, Richard Burton as a famous poet who acts like a rock star, Walter Matthau as a gung-ho army sergeant and Ringo Starr as a Mexican landscaper who becomes a priest amongst other fellows who are all looking to get into Candy's underpants. Gomez Addams(John Astin) has a dual role as Candy's dad and weirdo uncle and director John Huston also appears. There's a hunchback who can climb walls like Spiderman, some bumbling cops, an insane director, a soundtrack by Steppenwolf and an ending that is slightly reminiscent of Jodorowsky's HOLY MOUNTAIN. A real oddball treat that lovers of the bizarre needs to watch at least once.
Technically I think this was considered a Hollywood movie back in the day but it was an Italian/French co-production with a lot of Italian names in the credits and a French Director(Christian Marquand).