Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Tagged: Film

Film (1972). Jack Rollins and Charles H Joffe Productions/United Artists. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Allen, based on or rather suggested by the nonfiction Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1969) by David Reuben. Cast includes Allen, John Carradine, Louise Lasser, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Gene Wilder. 88 minutes. Colour.

This engaging collection of filmed anecdotes satirizes various Sex-related obsessions and movie genres; two episodes can charitably be defined as sf. One involves a giant, mobile female breast that breaks out of a Mad Scientist's laboratory and ravages the countryside, in the manner of a 1950s Monster Movie. The other dramatizes a seduction attempt by comparing the interior processes of the human body to those of a mechanized production line, with white-suited technocrats running things from the "Brain Room" while brawny, hard-hatted workers cope with the heavy equipment of the penis. Allen plays one of a group of sperm cells nervously waiting to go into action in the manner of paratroopers about to be dropped into enemy territory. Allen soon returned to sf Satire with Sleeper (1973). [JB]

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