|LIPSTICK (director: Lamont Johnson; screenwriter: David Rayfiel; cinematographers: Bill Butler/William A. Fraker; editor: Marion Rothman; music: Michel Polnareff/Jimmie Haskell; cast: Margaux Hemingway (Chris McCormick), Mariel Hemingway (Kathy McCormick), Chris Sarandon (Gordon Stuart), Anne Bancroft (Carla Bondi), Perry King (Steve Edison), Robin Gammell (Nathan Cartright), Francesco (Francesco), Meg Wylie (Sister Margaret ), Inga Swenson (Sister Monica); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Freddie Fields; Paramount; 1976)|
|"A nasty film about a brutal rape
that pretends it has something positive to say
on the subject but remains content to be just
another cynical exploitation film."
by Dennis Schwartz
nasty film about a brutal rape that pretends it has
something positive to say on the subject but remains
content to be just another cynical exploitation film.
Lamont Johnson ("Broken Chain"/"The Man Next
Door"/"Jack and the Beanstalk") directs from a tawdry
screenplay by David Rayfiel.
film's highlight scene has the meek avant-garde
music composer Gordon
Stuart (Chris Sarandon) rape
the beautiful fashion model Chris McCormick
the model's acting debut) because she ignored him.
The rapist is exonerated at his trial. He then rapes
the model's 14-year-old sister (Mariel
the real-life sister of Margaux).
In revenge, no longer relying on courtroom justice
and sickened by the bias of society against her
glamorous lifestyle, Chris shoots the
perp in his crotch with a shotgun.
Bancroft, one of my favorites, in a thankless role,
plays the feminist prosecutor.
can you say? These terrible things happen too often
in the real world. But this weak melodrama goes
nowhere after it tries to downgrade the model for
her loose living lifestyle as the cause of the rape.
It's a bad film in search of a story that could
intelligently be scrutinized.
REVIEWED ON 2/24/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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