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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

  • 1964
  • Russ Meyer
  • 104 mins
  • X
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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Hilariously hyped at the time as a "female Tom Jones", this is notorious flesh merchant Russ Meyer's brush with the classics. In this case Meyer characteristically exploits John Cleland's bawdy 18th-century novel about a young woman who finds herself working in a brothel, but his direction lacks any style or discernible talent. By his standards this is fairly innocuous stuff, but while the bare flesh quota is low, the schoolboy smuttiness remains. Veteran actress Miriam Hopkins, who in her prime worked with Ernst Lubitsch and Bette Davis, looks understandably embarrassed to be there. This is amateurish drivel that fails as comedy, titillation or historical fiction. One contemporary newspaper critic called it "a disgrace to the film industry". You can't argue with common sense.

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Credits

Cast

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Mrs Maude BrownMiriam Hopkins
Fanny HillLeticia Roman
HemingwayWalter Giller
The AdmiralAlex D'Arcy
Mr DinklespielerHelmut Weiss
Mr NorbertChris Howland
CharlesUlli Lommel
PhoebeCara Garnett
MarthaKarin Evans

Crew

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DirectorRuss Meyer

Details

Theatrical distributor
E.J. Fancey Prods
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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