Blue Belle / La fine dell'innocenza (1976)

5.0 out of 5

Although perhaps best know as a cinematographer, especially his work on two of the three Dollars films, Massimo Dallamano was also responsible for one of the finest softcore sex films of the 70s. Often dismissed as an Emmanuelle rip off, Blue Belle is actually a far superior film to Jaekin's vacuous, glossy time filler.

The House on the Edge of the Park's Annie Belle is breathtaking as the Lolita-esque nymphete, and sex-film regular Felicity Devonshire brings a good dollop of British spunk to the glamorous, globe-trotting proceedings. Lesbianism, rape and Napoli... la camorra sfida e la città risponde's Ciro Ippolio all add a welcome dash of sleaze to the gloss, which is given an added, rancid sheen by the appearance of genre regulars Al Cliver and Maria Rohm.

Though often overshadowed by more well known entries in the genre, Blue Belle is perhaps the best, and is still one of the most intriguing films of the 1970s.

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