Aphrodite (1982) from Tuna

Aphrodite is a French softcore effort from Robert Fuest.

It is set in Europe just prior to WW1. An arms dealer is taking some friends on his yacht to a private Greek island to properly commemorate the confluence of the moon and Pleides. He is also visiting a potential arms customer. His intent is to get all of his guests to reenact an erotic story about Aphrodite in honor of the feast of that goddess and, hopefully, get the virginal Valerie Kaprisky properly laid. Two of the three days go according to plan, but, on the third day, Archduke Ferdinand is shot, ruining the whole plan.

The film enjoyed a theatrical release in France and Finland, and then went to vid in Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and West Germany. As near as I can tell, the German version is the only one on DVD although, strangely enough, the audio is in English in the available all-region version. At any rate, the film is nearly impossible to find.

Not that you would want to.

The film has supporters who defend it by mentioning the classical score, costuming, and soft focus photography. I suspect that a very naked Valerie Kaprisky is a huge part of their enjoyment, because this film is a drag, especially after the first ten minutes, which contain all the Kaprisky nudity. Basically, it's a series of inane conversations followed by sex scenes. Don't let the economical running time of 88 minutes fool you. It felt like it took hours. I saw nothing of merit in the plot or the acting, but, as a soft-core sex film, it does meet the minimum genre requirements.



  • No features
  • the transfer is anamorphically enhanced, and is not especially vivid



  • Valerie Kaprisky - the full monty

  • We are also treated to breasts and pubes from Catherine Jourdan

  • Along the way, numerous unknowns have mostly simulated sex, although the ol' "big toe in the vagina" trick was not simulated.

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Based on this description, this film is a C-, assuming the genre is soft-core sex films, based solely upon lots of full frontal and rear nudity from Valerie Kaprisky in the first ten minutes, and various others interspersed throughout the film.

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