JOE D’AMATO WEEK: Crazy Nights (1978)

Amanda Lear is one interesting story.

The French singer, songwriter, painter, television presenter, actress and former model first came to the attention of the public via her image on the cover of Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure. Thanks to her songs “Blood and Honey”, “Tomorrow”, “Queen of Chinatown”, “Follow Me”, “Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)”, “The Sphinx” and “Fashion Pack,” she became a multi-million selling disco queen. And she modeled, was a television host, a theatrical actress, a gay activist and the muse and closest friend of Salvador Dali for the last 15 years of his life.

She’s also a mystery, even hiding the date of her birth from her husband (anywhere from 1939 to 1950) as well as where she was born, the gender she was assigned at birth, names and nationalities of her parents, and the location of her upbringing.

From the day her career as a singer and model began, rumors of her gender have been around, including the theory that Dali ponsored her sex reassignment surgery and invented her stage name which was untended to be a pun in Catalan: L’Amant de Dalí or Dalí’s lover.

She has always denied that she was born a man, despite songs that flirt with the idea like “Fabulous (Lover, Love Me)” and “I’m a Mistery.” All this despite numerous articles and images of her original passport using the name Alain Maurice Louis René Tap, which also states that she was born on June 18, 1939 in Saigon.

Who cares. Lear is fabulous.

Lear appears in this film — she thought that it was for a musical comedy and had no idea it was a sex film, which led to a lawsuit — to take us to popular night clubs and sex venues from all around the world. She introduces each city with a song and then D’Amato takes us to the sex scenes, including straight and gay sex, sexual magic tricks, erotic dancing, BDSM, group sex and hey, it’s Joe D’Amato, so the moment you get the least bit aroused, he unleashes necrophilia on you.

Also known as Follie di notte (Madness of the Night), Notti pazze della Amanda Lear (Crazy Nights of Amanda Lear), Crazy NightsFollow MeMondo Erotico and the title we listed it as, which means Porn Nights in the World Volume 2, this movie features two of Lear’s songs, “Follow Me” and “Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me).”

If this side of the mondo world interests you, check out the Bruno Mattei-directed Le Notti porno nel mondo and Emanuelle e le porno notti nel mondo n. 2, which has the dream team of Mattei and D’Amato making a mondo erotic film with Laura Gemser hosting. It’s not as out of control or shocking as this film, but if you’ve made it through other D’Amato stuff like Emanuelle in America, you can handle this.

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