Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Was Sie schon immer uber Sex wissen wollten, aber bisher nicht zu fragen wagten
Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le sexe sans jamais oser le demander
Tutto quello che avreste voluto sapere sul sesso* (*ma non avete mai osato chiedere)
Todo lo que siempre quiso saber sobre el sexo pero nunca se atrevio a preguntar (1972)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL | MPEG 2 | 16:9 | 1.85:1 | 720x576 px | 25,000 fps | AC3 192 Kbps 2ch 48,0 KHz | 1h 24min | RAR+REV | 4,54 GB
Director: Woody Allen | Genre: Comedy | Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish | Subtitles: Eng, Ger, Fre, Ita, Spa, Dut, Nor, Pol, Port, Dan, Finn, Swe, | Menu: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish | Color
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972) is Woody Allen's fourth film as director, consisting of a series of short sequences loosely inspired by Dr. David Reuben's book of the same name.
The credits at the start and close of the film are played over a backdrop of a large mass of white rabbits, to the tune of Let's Misbehave by Cole Porter.
The film is divided into seven vignettes, as follows:
- Do Aphrodisiacs Work?
A court jester (Woody Allen) gives a love potion to the Queen (Lynn Redgrave) but is foiled by her chastity belt. There are references to Shakespeare's Hamlet throughout.
- What is Sodomy?
Dr. Ross (Gene Wilder) falls in love with the partner of an Armenian patient, a sheep.
- Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?
Allen's homage to Italian film-making in general and Casanova 70, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Federico Fellini in particular, about Gina (Louise Lasser), a woman who can only reach orgasm in public.
- Are Transvestites Homosexuals?
Sam Musgrave (Lou Jacobi), a middle-aged married man, experiments with women's clothes.
- What Are Sex Perverts?
A parody of the television game show What's My Line? called What's My Perversion?, filmed in B&W kinescope-style and hosted by Jack Barry. The four panelists who attempt to guess the contestant's perversion are Regis Philbin, Robert Q. Lewis, Pamela Mason, and Toni Holt. After they fail to guess that the contestant's perversion is "Likes to expose himself on subways," a second segment of the show is presented, in which a selected viewer (in this case a rabbi) gets to act out his bondage and humiliation fantasy while his wife eats pork.
- Are the Findings of Doctors and Clinics Who Do Sexual Research and Experiments Accurate?
Victor (Woody Allen), a researcher, and Helen Lacey (Heather MacRae), a journalist, visit a Dr. Bernardo (John Carradine), a researcher who formerly worked with Masters and Johnson but now has his own laboratory complete with a lab assistant named Igor (Ref Sanchez). After they see a series of bizarre sexual experiments underway at the lab and realize the researcher is insane, they escape before Helen becomes the subject of another of his experiments. The segment culminates with a scene in which the countryside is terrorized by a giant runaway breast created by the researcher. The first part of this segment is a parody of Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster.
- What Happens During Ejaculation?
The NASA-like mission control center in a man's brain (headed by Tony Randall and featuring Burt Reynolds as the switchboard operator) is seen, as he gets involved in a sexual clinch with an NYU graduate (Erin Fleming) (knowledge of which, assures coital success). As he achieves orgasm, the soldier-like, white-uniformed sperm (one of them played by bespectacled Allen) are dispatched paratrooper-style into the great unknown.
The film holds a 89% "Fresh" rating of on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews.
An August 1972 review by Time said that many of the film's ideas "sound good on paper" but that the "skits wind down rather than take off from the ideas"; the film includes "some broad, funny send-ups of other movies (Fantastic Voyage, La notte), and its fair share of memorably wacky lines" but that "overall it is just Woody marking time and being merely a little funnier".
The Time Out Film Guide noted that some of the film's sketches are "dross, but the parodies of Antonioni (all angst and alienation of a wife who can achieve orgasm only in public places) and of TV panel games ('What's My Perversion?') are brilliantly accurate and very funny. Best of all is the sci-fi parody entitled 'What Happens During Ejaculation?'."
In 2004, Christopher Null, founder of filmcritic.com, called it a "minor classic and Woody Allen's most absurd film ever."
Woody Allen as Victor / Fabrizio / The Fool / Sperm
Jack Barry as Himself
John Carradine as Dr. Bernardo
Erin Fleming as The Girl
Elaine Giftos as Mrs. Ross
Toni Holt as Herself
Lou Jacobi as Sam Musgrave
Louise Lasser as Gina
Robert Q. Lewis as Himself
Heather MacRae as Helen Lacey
Pamela Mason as Herself
Sidney Miller as George
Regis Philbin as Himself
Anthony Quayle as The King
Tony Randall as The Operator
Lynn Redgrave as The Queen
Burt Reynolds as Switchboard
Ref Sanchez as Igor
Gene Wilder as Dr. Ross
Imdb info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068555
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