Exploits of a Young Don Juan (1987)





Les Exploits d''un Jeune Don Juan is a comedy about a young teenage boy (Fabrice Josso) residing in home filled with numerous female servants. At first, our hero is shocked to learn that the household men use these women for their sexual pleasure, but soon his hormones are on a rampage, provoking him to go on a conquest of his own. An enjoyable, easy to follow flick.

Based on the novel attributed to free-minded Guillaume Appollinaire, probably written around 1910 (he never acknowledged writing it). He became most famous for his recognition of the works of Marquis de Sade in early twentieth-century French literary circles. Just as De Sade''s work, most of his own work was banned (and totally obscure) until the late sixties.

Sultrous Italian bombshell Serena Grandi is the main female attraction in this French-Italian sex comedy set during WW I about a 15-year old young man who impregnates three women, including his aunt, while all the men are away in the trenches. Delivering this kind of erotic cinema remains largely the exclusive domain of the French. Although directed by Italian Gianfranco Mingozzi, this largely follows this pattern, but at times it''s a bit of an odd mix of the more typically French high-brow erotic finesse and more low-brow, perhaps more typically Italian farce or slapstick, but altogether a surprisingly good film. It''s well made, shot with relatively large means and good production values and period design, it''s actually a very handsome production.