The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill
Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill (1966) is a classic titty flick
produced by David Friedman and Dan Sonney. It is a fictional sequel to
the then popular novel Fanny Hill. Kissey Hill is daughter of Fanny
Hill, and works as a courtesan in a brothel. We see her with a variety
of customers in the first half of the film with little exposure, then
comes a lengthy scene where Kissey and two other women entertain three
gentlemen, one couple at a time. Each of the three encounters follows
the same pattern. First the woman strips, carefully showing her
breasts and buns from every angle, then there is a simulated sex scene
that shows nothing.
|Friedman and Sonny were
having lunch at the Santa Monica pier two weeks before shooting, and
had not yet cast the part of Kissey. A gorgeous blonde with a Texas
accent named Barbara Jean Moore walked up and asked them to buy her a
hot dog. Seems she had dropped out of her senior year of college and
come to Hollywood. She was broke, and had slept on the beach that
night. Friedman told Sonney that they had found their Kissey. Sonney
objected to a Texas accent on an 18th century courtesan, but Friedman
said, "Who's going to be listening?" She went on to star in
one more film, and one short. She adopted Stacey Walker as her stage
the main commentary.
| There was a huge
pool of women who played in these titty flicks, mostly anonymously.
Some were married and supplementing the family income, but most were
hoping to make a career in mainstream film. Few succeeded. The other
two courtesans were credited as Lydia Farrell and Ginger Hale (Get it?
Ginger ale!). Titty flicks started in the early 60's and lasted about
10 years. The genre ended with my personal favorite, The Erotic
Adventures of Zorro. This film, like many of them, was a costume
picture. It was easy and affordable to go to Western Costume in
Hollywood (I myself did it for a High School play) and rent exactly
what you needed. These were a specialty of director Peter Perry, and
Friedman liked them as well, as he thought they looked great, and
prolonged the excitement and anticipation undressing.
||This would be a solid but unremarkable
genre film, except for one thing. The DP was László Kovács. His
masterful touch shows beginning to end in the lighting, photography
and colors. This is the first half of a double feature DVD from
Something Weird Video, whose staff does the restoration, then passed
the baton to Image Entertainment to master the DVD. There is a highly
entertaining commentary with Friedman, poster art, etc. There are one
or two bad spots in the film, but it is mostly a flawless transfer.
according to IMDb, this film was banned in Finland. What do you have
to do to get banned in Finland? Perhaps there was cruelty to reindeer?
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: not enough votes for a score
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+.
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