Lady Libertine (1983) from Tuna

Lady Libertine (1984) is the long awaited DVD issue of "Frank and I," an erotic film based on the anonymously penned Victorian novel of the same name. It is an example of 1980s "couples erotica," originally shot in Europe for late night American cable showings on the Playboy Channel. It is most notable for the court battles it inspired. Supporting actress Sophie Favier became a respectable TV presenter in France after she made this film, and she sued to prevent it from being re-released. She lost the case, so we now have a chance to see Private Screening's remastered and uncut DVD.

Christopher Pearson plays a 19th century gentleman who sees a young lad walking in the middle of nowhere, clearly with no means of support. The squire brings young Frank home, takes a liking to him, and is about to put him a proper boarding school and turn him into a gentleman, when the need arises to cane him. The resultant body exposure reveals that Frank is actually Frances (Jennifer Inch). This changes everything, and it doesn't take long until they are intimate. Needless to say, this puts a strain on Pearson's relationship with his city girlfriend (Sophie Favier). He finally convinces his girlfriend to take charge of educating Frances and turning her into a lady. Meanwhile, he hears the girl's complete story, including the punishment she received in a whorehouse because she was not willing to prostitute herself.

If this is your kind of material, you will not be disappointed. This film captures the spirit of Victorian era pornography and presents lovely women completely naked and being naughty, including a famous game show host. It even adds spanking, caning and whipping for fetish fans, all in an immaculate and unexpurgated transfer.



  • no widescreen

  • no extra features

  • remastered, uncut transfer



Sophie Favier shows everything in two sex scenes that she would love to forget.

Jennifer Inch shows everything throughout the film

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Based on this description, this is a C+ on our scale, since it is a must-see for genre fans.

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