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Cult 70s Porno Director: Roberta Findlay

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Overall Rating 2 stars
Cult 70s Porno Director: Roberta Findlay overall rating 2 stars
Female Looks Cult 70s Porno Director: Roberta Findlay Female looks rating 3 stars
Male Looks Cult 70s Porno Director: Roberta Findlay Male looks rating 2 stars
Sex Cult 70s Porno Director: Roberta Findlay Sex rating 3 stars
 
Plot/Acting Cult 70s Porno Director: Roberta Findlay Plot/Acting rating 4 stars
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Reviewed by classix comment  on  3/7/2008

Initial Thoughts
Roberta Findlay was one of a few female directors who worked on hardcore films. Although her films are nothing exceptional, her unique style and passion for violence make her films unique in the annals of 70s hardcore.

The Films
1. A Woman's Torment
New York shot hardcore films were notorious for being some of the meanest and most perverse pieces of 70s underground cinema. A Woman's Torment is at the top of the roster along with Costello's Waterpower, etc.
Loosely based off of Repulsion, the story centers on Karen (Tara Chung), a mentally disturbed young woman who is left alone in an isolated beach home while her relatives go about manipulating each other. Meanwhile Karen is left to stew in her own psychotic juices and eventually starts murdering anyone and everyone who crosses her path.
Known mainly for its excessively gory violence, A Woman's Torment is one of the more interesting titles to come out of the late 70s NYC scene. Roberta Findlay is adept at creating good suspense throughout the film and she skilfully combines noirish antics with despotic nihilism.
Then newcomer Tara Chung isn't the most talented actress in the world but her performance as the murderous Karen is very adequate and she plays her character well and with conviction. Jeffery Hyrst and Jake Teague are both very good in their supporting roles. Director Findlay also makes a cameo as a nosy next door neighbor.
While not altogether exceptional by any means, A Woman's Torment is certainly an above average production which definitely has it's fair share of genuine surprises and the gory murder scenes make it much more thrilling than the average X rated sleazefest.
2. The Tiffany Minx
Four years after making the violent A Woman's Torment Roberta Findlay made this 1981 moody thriller.
The film opens with sleazy Carter Stevens making a deal to do...something...we don't know what. We next meet Jennifer and her husband Paul who are having a perpetual lover's spat. Jennifer thinks Paul's cheating but he assures her of her love. Of course, he is having an affair and he and his lover, Anne, are planning to have Stevens knock Jennifer off.
When Jennifer manages to defend herself and kill Stevens, her husband and his lover decide to send her off to an isolated beach home while they hatch a new plan to off her. But unknown to anyone, someone else also wants revenge.
By the year this film came out, Roberta Findlay had been making movies for nearly 2 decades and had created an auteurist flare for directing low budget, often violent sex films. Here she does both but with the style of a low rent Hitchcock.
While not as technically polished as a Chuck Vincent film, The Tiffany Minx is one of the most narratively clever hardcore films ever made. It's an X Rated thriller that really works and has an ending so off the wall, there isn't even a chance any of the twists could be perdicted. Not to mention excellent performances from Crystal Sync as Jennifer and Jeff Hurst as her husband. Richard Bolla is excellent another fine supporting role.
The Tiffany Minx is also much better shot than just about any other Findlay film and features a pretty good original score. If any complaint is to be raised against this film it is the painful overuse of the same beach house that appears in just about every Findlay film. Although it was probably used out of convenience, it makes the films seem cheap. Besides that, The Tiffany Minx is one of the strongest hardcore thrillers around and a must for fans and collectors.

A/V Quality
Bad would be an understatement for the quality of the films on this DVD. Both are mastered off of VHS, but 10th gen. bootleg looking tapes. There are numerous dropouts in both, tons of tracking lines, strong hisses on both soundtracks, soft pictures, etc. In fact, these might be two of the worst looking transfers I've ever seen on a cold pressed DVD ever.

Extras
There are some equally bad looking trailers for the movies here as well as two other Findlay titles. There's also a printed interview with Findlay that is kinda interesting but is nothing special.

Cuts Warning
Both films are uncut

Final Thoughts
A DVD for fans and die hard collectors only. Although both films are quite good, the quality of the transfers is so bad that this DVD is barely worth watching.



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