22 June 2010

Woody Allen: Day Four

Woody Allen's fourth film, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), is a 1972 comedy based on David Reuben's 1969 sex guide. It is a wildly funny and entertaining film that satirizes the source material and answers some pertinent questions in a not-so-informative way.

The film features a series of seven unrelated vignettes:
1. Do Aphrodisiacs Work?
Woody Allen stars as a court jester in a medieval castle who uses a love potion to seduce the Queen (Lynn Redgrave) but is ultimately foiled by her chastity belt.

2. What is Sodomy?
A doctor (Gene Wilder) falls in love with a sheep.

3. Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching Orgasm?
Woody Allen and former wife Louise Lasser star in an Italian-language story about a woman who can only achieve an orgasm in public. It is an homage to Allen's love of Italian film.

4. Are Transvestites Homosexuals?
A married man (Lou Jacobi) having dinner with his in-laws finds himself in an awkward position when he tries on some women's clothing.

5. What Are Sex Perverts?
A parody of What's My Line? called What's My Perversion? features Jack Barry and Regis Philbin.

6. Are the Findings of Doctors and Clinics Who Do Sexual Research and Experiments Accurate?
Woody Allen and Heather McCrae visit a researcher (John Carradine) whose bizarre sexual experiments eventually find the couple being terrorized by a runaway breast.

7. What Happens During Ejaculation?
The brain is controlled by Tony Randall and a switchboard operator (Burt Reynolds) who control the body from a control centre that manages all aspects of the male body, including speech, digestion and the reproductive organs. Woody Allen also stars as a sperm soldier cautious of the mission.

While the film may not be very informative it is Woody Allen's funniest film to date.

Next Up: Sleeper.

My list:
1. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
2. Take the Money and Run
3. Bananas
4. What's Up, Tiger Lily?

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