The Curious Female (1969)
Director: Paul Rapp
Year of Production: 1969
Running Time: 81m 51s
Catalogue Number: GG03 138
Release Date: November 1981
Bunny Allister, David Westberg, Angelique Pettyjohn, Charlene Jones, Julie Conners, Sebastian Brook, Michael Greer, Ron Gans, David Pritchard, Slim Gaillard, Elaine Edwards, Carol Jean Thompson, Harry Sodoni, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Mildred Harrison, Randee Jensen, David Buchanan, Mary Virginia Pitman, Junero Jennings, Betty Gumn, Mike Castle, Chris Riordan, Ron Graham, Josh Bryant, David R. Osterhout, Al Quick
Synopsis: [partially culled from imdb]
In the distant future [year 2157], society has devolved: Here, this prohibitive state tries to prevent its population from watching feature films. Despite the mandate however, pockets of film fans - undeterred by their restrictions - gather in secret, like that of fan clubs, where "Master Computer" isn't able to monitor (and spoil) their viewing!
One such roguish band of toga-wearing film buffs gather in secret to watch their latest slice of forbidden Hollywood, which is introduced as "The Three Virgins".
Hosted by Lianna (Bunny Allister), and accompanied by her enthusiastic male host Jorel (David Westberg), the Curious Female unspools as a raunchy, soft-core comedy romp which periodically (in-between reel changes) transports the viewer to a hi-tech Los Angeles-based dating agency - where the same actors are economically re-deployed to great effect!
Between these reel changes, we are returned to the future where the supposedly innocent viewer is compelled to question what they have just viewed, like that of an open forum in which they discuss rudamentary elements of the film like young children. Some of this discussion proves to be quite shocking, which also provides the viewer with insight into the state of this totalitarian society where Master Computer presides and controls everything...
Although very cheaply made, and now extremely dated in tone, this 1969 effort from filmmaker Paul Rapp - director of such genre fare as The Wild Angels (1966), which was briskly followed by his controversial The Trip (1967) - is extremely well made, brimming with the euphoria and bravura of the bygone swinging sixties!
This incredibly scarce tape, as released on the IVER FILM SERVICES label, remains the UKs only official release of the film. These old videocassettes have since become highly sought-after items, often commanding prices in excess of £50
Bizarrely, no official DVD release has been made of this film, making these old IVER tapes fairly collectable.
Iver obtained The Curious Female from production company Fanfare Films, alongside several other film titles which were also released on the label. These included: Tower of Evil, The Gay Deceivers, Run, Angel, Run!, Simon King of the Witches and Secrets of Sex - the latter released under its alternate, less salacious sounding, title of Bizarre.
One of the rarer Iver releases, and one of my personal favourites; this underrated "cult gem" was produced between the end of the swinging sixties and the beginning of the hippy-trippy seventies. A genuine keeper, and definitely one for the true bonafide collector!