Chandler’s Trailers: “Foreplay” (1975)

“Foreplay”  (1975) Considering the drastic flux occurring in the American cinema commensurate with both the so-called Sexual Revolution (which with the concurrent rise of the radical Women’s Lib movement made for some interesting paralyzing debates between the assertion of sexual freedom and the cultural application of said freedom as being a tool of my misogynistic institutional objectification) and the rapid emergence of its filmic black sheep progeny, “Porno Chic”, Hollywood filmmakers predictably but frustratingly tread lightly in the artistic water where a meaningful (or truly erotic) expression of human sexuality might emerge within the context of a dramatic (or even comedic) presentation. Faced with an industry of filmmakers (inclusive of the so-called American New Wave writers and directors, who would presumably not be subject to to any knee jerk trepidation born of sanitized career creativity under the Production Code) studied in the mentality of the subject of sex as something forbidden and morally aberrant, sexuality in the modern America cinema found representation as either gratuitous peek-a-boo exposures, or in exercises of tittering vulgarity. Curiously, these same cheaply exploitative and sexually  immature traits were the bread and butter of the sexploitation films of from the emergence of the nudie cutie to the presumed softcore precipice signaled by the rise of “Porno Chic”. These same depressing tendencies are prominently at work in the 1975 comedy “Foreplay”, a tripartite collection of sexually tinted humorous shorts intended to pronounce to the world that the dirty joke may no longer dead, but nevertheless is in desperate need of a mercy killing.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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6 Responses to Chandler’s Trailers: “Foreplay” (1975)

  1. johnrieber says:

    I LOVE THIS! Remember when Hollywood decided to jump on the bandwagon to talk to these
    “hippie kids” and came up with Jackie Gleason taking LSD in “Skidoo?” This is another example…I mean look at this cast – really screams “erotic entrainment” doesn’t it? HA!

    • I think you’ve topped me there as to an example of the Hollywood generation gap. Thank goodness Tinseltown didn’t go the way of Porno Chic, as I have already seen enough of Shelley Winters for a lifetime.

      • johnrieber says:

        These movies are fascinating – impossible to be more “misguided” and out of step with the times…on the other hand, I just watched a little film called “Cisco Pike” with Gene Hackman, Karen Black and Kris Kristofferson’s first role – and an obvious attempt to show those “Easy Rider” audiences how it was to be young in LA…one of many that tried too hard to pander…that said, it’s fascinating to watch and Hackman is riveting

  2. beetleypete says:

    I scrolled down until my mouse died.
    I have never heard of this film, and with good reason. I never wanted to. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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