Directed by: Van Guylder
Stars: Roger Gentry, Myron Griffin, Ashley Phillips
Description: This is like a documentary on the scandals in the Golden Age of Hollywood during the 1920’s. Contains many reenactments of major scandals.
A faux cautionary documentary based on Kenneth Anger’s book Hollywood Babylon that portrays several notorious celebrity sex scandals from the golden age of Hollywood through film clips and often humorous softcore reenactments. Like the book, the movie covers both real and rumored scandals. The movie consists of sexploitational vignettes narrated by the semi-serious narrator. Some of the real life people portrayed in the movie are not named directly but its heavily implied who they’re suppose to be. The movie focuses on Olive Thomas, Wallace “Wally” Reid, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Marion Davies and the Thomas H. Ince incident, Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, Rudolph Valentino, Marlene Dietrich’s bisexuality, Erich von Stroheim, and Clara Bow.
This is pure exploitation (in the best sense). You take some scenes from classic public domain films (Keaton etc.) mixed it with historical WWI footage and then you spice it up with some wild softcore re-enactments of the scandals from Kenneth Anger’s “Hollywood Babylon” book and, BANG!, you’ve got a hit! Oliver Stone, eat your heart out! Boobqueen Uschi (“Supervixens”, “Scavengers”, “Touch Of Sweden” etc.) Digart’s portrait of a lesbian Marlene Dietrich is a blast. More informative (and funnier) than Discovery History Channel! The slick but stale flicks of the PC 90’s can’t hold a candle to the wonderful world of 70’s exploitation cinema. So get your psychotronic kicks, daddy-o!