The Naked Zoo

01 Dec

The Naked Zoo – directed by Richard Grefe. Drama. Swingers degrade themselves. 78 minutes Color 1971.

Subnormal, actually. Here is a great superstar appearing in what is slightly better than porn-blanc. A dreadful script with actors unworthy of her gifts and beauty. Rita Hayworth — it’s hard to get the words out — at the end of her career, it is true. Yet I can imagine why she accepted the script. There is an emotional scene in it which no script she was ever handed gave her the opportunity to perform. I can’t say it’s worth renting it to watch her do this work, but there it is. She was a very good actress, quite underrated as such, when her glaring beauty and sexual joie de vivre was so astounding and so much fun for her. What happens when such a rose fades? Do we stop photographing it? Or is the fading a piece of life also. We know the answer. It’s just that one wishes the occasion had been rose-class. Here’s to you, Rita. You are still, in the right hands, one of the great ones!

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