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  Some Like It Sexy The Acme WomaniserBuy this film here.
Year: 1969
Director: Donovan Winter
Stars: Christopher Matthews, Erika Bergmann, Penny Riley, Madeleine Collinson, Mary Collinson, Yolande Turner, Madeline Smith, Valerie St. Helene, Annabel Leventon, Nicola Pagett
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sex, Trash
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Peter (Christopher Matthews) is speeding around Swinging London in his sports car with the lipstick mouth painted on the front, eyeing up the ladies he sees walking by. But briefly he feels the pull of his conscience when he catches sight of a Salvation Army speech, though he opts to drive on with the message of peace and love and God ringing in his ears. This is not enough to put him off persuading a Swedish au pair, Lisa (Erika Bergmann), into his car and whisking her back to his place in an optimistic mood...

Some Like It Sexy was one of the exploitation movies directed by former actor Donovan Winter, although he did not see them as such, preferring to view his work as more artistic than that no matter what the general reaction to them was. In fact Winter's own reaction was known to be somewhat hotheaded if you were not so keen on his output, but it remained lost in the ghetto of Soho private cinemas for most of its life, re-emerging on home video and later DVD, by which time there wasn't exactly a huge market for creaky skinflicks of this vintage.

Yet just as sex in movies had moved on, there were a few nostalgists for whom efforts such as this were a window into another world, more telling about the social mores of Britain than much mainstream fare of the day. On the other hand, rather than this you'd probably be better off with its most obvious influence, Alfie, if you wanted more entertainment outside of the naked flesh on display. There was actually more of that added in the version released a little later, as its original incarnation, simply titled Come Back Peter, was more of a jaunt around Britain's capital and the smashing sixties dollybirds you might have seen.

Certainly star Matthews was no Michael Caine, and for much of the movie came across as a bit of a berk, but his personality seemed to alter depending on what scene he was in and which woman he was with. At first, he's an obnoxious lothario seducing innocent Lisa, who doesn't speak English too well, but within the half hour he is the one being seduced, by an older woman (Yolande Turner, who doesn't take her clothes off). Later on he's almost square as he is turned onto marijuana by a hippie (Annabel Leventon, also fully clothed) and a spot of shoddy psychedelia, then for the finale he's the loving husband to Nicola Pagett for the film's most tender sequence. There's a last minute twist revealing the reason for this shifting personality, but more likely you'll note the same amount of care shown in the making of a cup of tea goes into showing the couplings.

Yet that's not the reason Some Like It Sexy is recalled today, if it's recalled at all. It's not even the presence of cult Brit pin-up Madeline Smith, who played the daughter of the older lady and didn't disrobe either (she's also very skinny here). No, it's because the first twins to appear in Playboy show up for one of Peter's encounters, Madeleine Collinson and Mary Collinson, initially to argue about who gets to bed him, then once they reach the bedroom to forget about having sex with a man and have sex with each other. This is, as you can imagine, very strange to watch a pair of sisters simulating incest and you can only wonder what was going through their minds in surely one of the oddest sequences in all of this era of the British sex comedy. Most of the time you'll be dismayed at such relics of the day as Matthews slapping a singer (Valerie St. Helene) which she takes as foreplay, or the sight of the inserts with an anonymous hairy arse pumping up and down. Strange, too, are the amount of recognisable hits on the soundtrack.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


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