Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tisa Farrow Shows Off Her Balloons in Playboy


Ages ago, a friend recommended that I watch a quaint, little Italian horror film called Anthropophagus  from sleaze auteur Joe D'Amato.  I was curious how Mr. D'Amato would handle a straight-up horror film and I was pretty confident that there'd be at least a little bit of his trademark sleaze thrown in, as well.  So I tracked down a copy and gave it a viewing.  Well, Mr. D'Amato delivered the gore but the film was woefully lacking in sleaze.  I don't really want to do a review  because reviews take time and energy and I'm a lazy bastard, but I will give it a thumbs up.  Painfully slow at times, but still worth watching.

But what grabbed my attention was how the young female lead, from certain angles, looked an awful lot like Mia Farrow.   She also has the same last name.  With my awe-inspiring mental prowess and powers of deduction that  I concluded that they must be related.  

I paused the film, fired up Netscape Navigator on my Compaq Presario, and quickly discovered that Tisa Farrow is, in fact, Mia Farrow's little sister.  Mystery solved.  The great consulting detective himself would have been impressed.

I also discovered that she had been in a fair number of horror and genre films before she retired from acting in 1980. Anthropophagus seems to be her last film.  But she was also in Antonio Margheriti's Vietnam gore-fest and "Apocalypse Now" ripoff "Hunter of the Apocalypse" in 1980, and the infamous "Zombie" (1979) from director Lucio Fulci - a film best known as "hey, isn't that the one where the zombie fights the shark?"  Yes, it is.  Yes, it is.

Tisa (which, I agree, is a pretty weird name.  Her full name is Theresa Magdalena Farrow) is also in James B. Harris's artsy and contemporary re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty tale called "Some Call It Loving" with Richard Pryor and Zalman King of "Red Shoe Diaries" fame.  Vinegar Syndrome just announced that they will be releasing it on Blu-ray in August.  She shows her boobs in that movie.


In July 1973, she also showed her boobs in Playboy magazine.  I am convinced that any actress who starred in an Italian movie between 1970 and 1985 has, at one time or another, posed nude for Playboy.  Things were just better back then.  Here are those pictures...


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sydne Rome in Italian Playboy


Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about Sydne Rome but I read about her on Wikipedia so I'll pretend that I do.  She's from Ohio and is the daughter of some rich American guy who made his fortune in plastics.  Then she grew up and decided to be an actress.

Apparently, she had some difficulty finding roles in The States so she moved to Europe and found success in Italy and West Germany.  Most of her roles were in Spaghetti Westerns, sex comedies and giallo/thriller types which isn't surprising since these were popular genres at the time.  Notably, she starred in Roman Polanski's weird, dark, sex comedy, "What?" in 1972 and Sergio Martino's "Sex with a Smile" in 1976.

After working on David Hemmings's 1978 box office flop "Just a Gigolo," Sydne became romantically linked to co-star David Bowie, although they may have been dating even earlier than that.  Sydne had escorted David to the premiere of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" two years before, so it's possible that they had been seeing each other before they ever worked together on "Just a Gigolo."  In any case, the relationship didn't last.

In the 1980s, when the aerobics fitness dance workout thing gained worldwide popularity, Sydne gave fitness icon Jane Fonda a run for her money by releasing her own aerobics workout.  Of course, it's on YouTube and it's in German.

In addition to acting, aerobicizing, and dating other celebrities, she also sang... and not just in films.  She has a whole album of musical gems and even some music videos for these glorious songs, like the one below.  In this "music video," she has a space-age, silver raincoat and an Afghan Hound... because it's 1980.  At first I hought someone had splooged glitter all over her face until I realized it's supposed to be raining.  Hence, the raincoat.  If you can make it through the entire video, you have a much stouter constitution than I.


Also, she posed for Italian Playboy in 1980 which seems to be customary for actresses in Italian cinema in the '70s and '80s.  I like this tradition.  These pictures are from the August 1980 edition.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Barbara Hershey and the Boxcar Bertha Playboy Nudes


Before Martin Scorsese became one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of humankind, he teamed up with legendary exploitation producer Roger Corman to make a film based on the exploits of a train robbing hooker and her band of merry men.  The film is called "Boxcar Bertha".

Barbara Hershey and David Carradine
The movie features a young Barbara Hershey as a free-spirited gangster with loose morals and her lover, union leader Big Bill Shelly who is played by B-movie veteran, David Carradine.  The interesting thing about these two is that they were a real-life couple and even had a child together the same year that "Boxcar Bertha" was released. So, the passion they show on the screen is very real.  They were just two kids in love.  Or rather, Barbara Hershey was just a kid in love with a man 12 years her senior.  

The relationship did not last.  They fell in love in 1969 when they worked together on the movie "Heaven with a Gun" and after David's infidelity with actress Season Hubley (who would later marry Kurt Russell) on the set of the TV series "Kung Fu," the two split up in 1975.

But before all that drama and heartache,  Barbara and David recreated their two sex scenes from "Boxcar Bertha" for the August, 1972 edition of 'Playboy' magazine in an attempt to drum up some publicity for the movie.  And here are those photos.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Christina Lindberg is a Sex Star and Doomed to Rape

Christina Lindberg "through the worst turnips... is doomed to rape."

In 1975, the short-lived French erotica and exploitation cinema magazine 'Sex Stars System' had a four page "illustrated filmography" and write-up about Swedish actress Christina Lindberg, and rather than use my rudimentary high-school level French to decipher the text, I figured I'd use the modern hi-tech solution.  I used Google Translate.  However, I soon realized that I would need patience and a certain amount of brain power to translate the Google translation.  Woefully, I seem to lack both requirements.  But I did my best.

"We know too little the Swedish Christina Lindberg in France or are out that five of its films ("The Possessed," "The Unclean," "The Indecent," "Self exchanges" and "What Female Students Do Not Tell"): it is in Belgium that we may from time to time, have the chance to surprise his nudity on screens."
The French are sad because the good Christina Lindberg movies are only available in Belgium.
"Yet paradoxically, the luscious Christina is famous near the marginal cinema lovers; but it does unfortunately this glory that is to be there vendetta of a mythical movie, which made a big splash in 1973 at Cannes: "Thriller," a resolutely crazy band signed Alex Fridolinski (and realized, in fact, by Bo A. Vibenius). There are 8 versions of "Thriller," more or less violent and erotic: the more thrust (which earned the film for more than a year to be completely banned in Sweden or censorship had not been 14 years) is not only a bloody violence, but also a total pornography. However hard the plans are not interpreted by Christina but by a liner only, filmed in close-up: the process is known, will school ..."
The movie Thriller was popular at Cannes in 1973 but it was banned in Sweden for a year because there are close-ups of Christina's body-double getting the root.  Essentially, it shows too much of the old in-out, in-out, aka "more thrust."  This is odd because those liberal bastards in Sweden hadn't banned anything for 14 years.
"Anyway, Thriller went popular Christina, her angel face fatigue and his impressive chest. We then remembered having already seen in a weird movie, "The Possessed," or was beginning his character vamp both child and maternal.  Bacle by moralizing Torgny Wickman, "The Impure" might suggest that Christina was only a meteor, as it seems to to the extreme limit of ugliness. Now, it is not.  And it is hard to believe his official biographies star claims over 25 films (although it has played in some obscure bands remained unknown), it does not have less magnified by its presence, various Swedish and German films."
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Christina has a sad, pretty face and big boobs.  Somehow she has been in 25 films, but nobody has ever seen them.  Perhaps those crafty Swedes and Germans are hiding them for their own perverse gratification.
"Cover girl of 1968 (17 years old), it began in a secondary role Rotmanad that followed a simple extra in "Smoke." The star was brought to him by "the Possessed," and she knew it hold (turning only a limited number of films) through the worst turnips: in his films, it is hardly that will pin "Maid in Sweden" (or she perfected his character innocent bitch, doomed to rape) and "Die Madchen Nach Munchen Kommen" (for a beautifully fetichiste sequence of low and divine holder jar-like), in addition to "Thriller."
She started out as a model, got a couple of minor film roles and then perfected the role of "innocent bitch, doomed to rape" and kinky, "jar-like, divine holder" in "Die Madchen Nach Munchen Kommen"  Ok, to be honest, I have no idea what that last paragraph was about.
"In Sweden and England, its success is so strong that a book was, in both countries, edited on it: This is Christina Lindberg by Bernt Arahed, with more than 80 photos Bo Sehlberg (1973). F or the greatest shame of cinema, Christina is again essentially cover girl ..."
I think everybody can figure out that last one.  And here are some more pictures of Christina's "impressive chest."