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The first "bomba" stars were Merle Fernandez (sister of Rudy F), Stella Suarez, and Yvonne. You've also got Divina Valencia. Children who grew up in the 70's would know the ditty "divina valencia, stella suarez, nagbuburles" I think one of the most controversial bomba films then was the movie made by Merle Fernandez where she was supposed to have walked naked in Escolta. I can't remember the title of that movie though.
That's UHAW indie boi. If I'll choose among the bunch of bold films during the 70's and 80's my lists are the following. SCORPIO NIGHTS- still unmatched the Best Local Erotica in Philippine Cinema.PRIVATE SHOW- has gritty atmosphere and powered by Jacklyn Jose's excellent performance. BOATMAN- comes close to SCORPIO NIGHTS.VIRGIN FOREST- three people caught in the turmoil of history when Aguinaldo was assasinated, another period epic from Peque Gallaga.UNFAITHFUL WIFE- Ana Marie Gutierrez follow up to Peque Gallaga's SCORPIO NIGHTS. SENSUAL- Marilou Diaz Abaya's entry to the softcore bandwagon release during the Edsa Revolution introducing the obscure Barbara Benitez.WHITE SLAVERY- Lino Brocka's second entry to softcore bandwagon in mid 80's.and yes Ritchie is right INIT is hot..... had a rough sailing with the censors in the 70's.
Don't forget Celso ad's Virgin People, Perfumed Garden, Nympha, etc. I've only recently become interested in his work. I even saw a favorable review of Patayin mo sa Sindak Si Barbara in The Encyclopedia of Horror Films. I'm planning to watch Burlesk Queen, Paradise Inn, Pedro Penduko, Payaso and The Peasant next.
Not a lot has been documented on '70s bold movies, mainly because most people don't give them much respect (even comedies and action flicks get more attention). You should do a piece on what you know, Jojo...
White Slavery with Sarsi Emmanuelle? It's not very good...
Scorpio Nights is available both on VCD and DVD. I have it on VCD but I'm thinking of buying the DVD too. (Is there a noticeable difference in picture quality between the VCD and DVD edition?)
when Regal ventured into film production bold films ushered from nowhere. in a way, Mother Lily's outfit took over what Lyra Ventures started in the mid-70's. Danny Cabreira the auteur behind such classics as Uhaw Na Bulaklak & Mag-Ingat Kapag Biyuda Ang Umibig and Lyra Ventures' resident director went and made movies for Regal. remember Beerhouse & Iwasan Cabaret? it was only in 1977 when two young directors Elwood Perez & Joey Gosiengfiao took over and spearheaded the making of bold films. as much as i despise some of Mother Lily's desicions, i still believe that the movie industry owes her a debt of gratitude. even her own family ventured into film production. her husband Father Remy Monteverde was the brains behind JPM Productions and her brother Jesse Yu owned Lotus Films.
maybe i should take your advice Noel and write a piece on what i know about 70's cinema... if only i could find the time.
Remember Jo, the "magic kamison" of Mother Lily used by many Regal Babies in their quest for stardom. It's not really all out bold but I find it sexy and daring matched with those wet look scenes.Dina wore it in KATORSE even Snooky I think. And in launching sex nymphettes, the late Claudia Zobel comes to my mind.Man she was hot in Mel Chionglo's SINNER or SAINT. She has depth and can act also in UHAW SA PAG-IBIG. Forget SHAME it's a crap.....!
You should. I was looking around, and would you believe, there are no books focusing on Lino Brocka? There's a collection of articles and essays on him, edited by Mario Hernando (who isn't a Brocka fan, anyway), but nothing book-length that analyzes his career.It's a wide-open field. Just think, film festival programmers, critics, and students will have to look for your articles for decades to come...
Sorry OT but I just finished the book on our National Artists lend to me by my officemate and I nearly fall off from my seat when I read that Ishmael Bernal's masterpiece MANILA BY NIGHT was cut 50 times by the censors during its release and not to mention all the bleeps!What the hell was that!?
i remember watching City After Dark in the theaters during it's run and you could not believe the cuts that were in the movie's BCMP Exhibition Permit... it was two pages long! i remeber reading something like "All dialogue mentioning the word Manila are deleted." it was preposterous! but watching the film in it's entirety years later really gave a much deeper appreaciation of the Bernal masterpiece.
It's not the physical details, it's the attitude that makes this Manila so memorable.
Keating's impression is spot-on. There's nothing graphic, the soundtrack really dates it, and actually Manila then looks a lot cleaner than Manila now, but the people and their relationships have an intense nastiness and acrimony that you don't get in most lesser films. It's not the physical details, it's the attitude that makes this Manila so memorable.
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