Exhibitionist, The / Candido erotico (1978)

3.0 out of 5

Candido erotico is largely set in Copenhagen. On the surface it is little but a slice of Euro sexploitation as a sex club performer falls for a young art student. However, scratch beneath the veneer and there is a decent, touching and somewhat tragic love story.

Serious points are made about voyeurism and exhibitionism and consideration is given to what happens when two people clearly love each other but, through no fault of their own, are unable to quite connect sexually.

The sex club scenes are a little bizarre and entail nude Swan Lake type ballet performances that culminate in copulation. They are well choreographed, beautifully realised, tastefully shot but unfortunately unconvincing as the population of the stage seem to outnumber the audience suggesting a lack of commercial viability.

Ajita Wilson appears briefly but top billing goes to Lilli Carati, who is great in this, and would next appear in Fernando Di Leo's exploitation classic To Be Twenty.

The Nico Fidenco score features the theme song to Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals and the saxophone opening to The Devil's Honey.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics