JESS FRANCO MONTH: Midnight Party (1975)

Sylvia (Lina Romay) attends a spy party, which is not a thing I believe exists anywhere outside of the universe of a Jess Franco movie, and this soon takes her into a real espionage affair as she’s chased by Agent 008, Janos Radeck (Jess Franco) — and what is it with that Radeck name in his movies? — before hooking up with two men and going to a late night orgy.

So yeah — it’s kind of like After Hours also it’s Lina talking directly to the camera and telling you to come to see this movie multiple times so she can get rich and it’s charming. Like you want to hug her and tell her that yes, you’ll do everything possible to make this dream come true.

There’s also another cut of this movie, Heisse Berührungen, which was produced by Erwin C. Dietrich and scenes of this movie were edited into Justine and the Whip, along with footage from Shining Sex, by an editor perhaps even more demented than Jess Franco: Joe D’Amato.

It’s a movie where everyone loves Lina, like her three suitors who include a Communist rock star and a husband who is constantly getting sick and losing money gambling. I completely understand.

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