Sunday, January 27, 2019

Lilith Likes to Watch - Abigail Lesley is Back In Town


Title: Abigail Lesley is Back In Town
Year: 1975
Starring: Rebecca Brooke, Sarah Nicolson, Anne Keel
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Synopsis: A seductive woman who left her small fishing town long ago, after being caught with another woman's husband, returns to shake up the place by seducing everyone, including the woman and her girlfriends.
Why it is Notable: It co-stars Rebecca Brooke

I posit that Rebecca Brooke was one of the most beautiful women to ever work in 70's erotic film. Possibly the second most beautiful woman. I have my personal favourite but that's a subject for a different review.

In my review of The Image, I praised at length Brooke's ability to communicate a lot of ideas and feelings in her expressions. She was acting the hell out of that role. Here, she's mealy-mouthed and her jaw is constantly hanging open like a gawping fish.

This movie had Brooke open-mouth fish gawping at every damn moment.

I blame the director. What's worse is that misdirecting Brooke is only one of his numerous crimes.

The characters have no connection to each other. There's no chemistry among any of them. The acting is both bland and over the top, and one character is a flat out cartoon.

Abigail Lesley herself was an aggravating creature. She didn't have an ounce of sex appeal. She had resting stink-face and looked annoyed with everyone and everything. Again, I'm not sure if it was the director's fault or the actress, but it wasn't a good time.

Finally, I wasn't expecting soft core, but that's what I got. The sex was perfunctory and dull, and half of it was off-screen.

However, this movie does have two shining moments, both brought to us by Rebecca Brooke. One is a scene where Brooke's character begins to cry while masturbating. She's wracked with sobs, and these wounded little squeaks escape her throat.

The second is when Abigail Lesley is going down on her. She's in such ecstatic, laughing joy that Brooke totally steals the scene.

Here are the scenes. The timestamps are 1:01:55 and 1:13:15. I've saved you over an hour and a half of your life. You're welcome.

I am loathe to give this movie a rating of 1.5, but I don't believe in giving anything lower than a 1, and those two scenes I mentioned deserve to be recognized and rewarded.

But really, fuck this movie. Boring soap-opera masquerading as porn. And the worst thing a film can be is boring.

LILITH'S SCORE: 1.5/5

NEXT TIME: Now's as good a time as any to examine Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS



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