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Private Lessons

Private Lessons is a novelty comedy limning an adolescent boy's introduction to sex via his worldly European housekeeper. Suffering from a rickety structure that reflects extensive production problems (James Fargo directed additional footage sans credit), picture has a sustained air of amorality which is quite unusual for US films.

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Sylvia Kristel Howard Hesseman Ron Foster Eric Brown Pamela Bryant Ed Begley Jr

Private Lessons is a novelty comedy limning an adolescent boy’s introduction to sex via his worldly European housekeeper. Suffering from a rickety structure that reflects extensive production problems (James Fargo directed additional footage sans credit), picture has a sustained air of amorality which is quite unusual for US films.

Story is set at a ritzy mansion in idyllic Arizona during summer vacation, with premise of Mr Fillmore (Ron Foster) leaving orders that his beautiful housekeeper (Sylvia Kristel) initiate his 15-year-old son Philly (Eric Brown) to sex before he returns from a business trip.

Dan Greenburg’s script from his own novel [philly] is very effective in presenting an innocent youth’s point-of-view confronted with the sexual stimuli that pervade modern society. Inability to flesh out this central notion into a feature-length screenplay is a pity, but Private Lessons should satisfy general audiences with its diversions of frequent nudity, softcore sex, dominant rock music score and gags.

As Philly, Brown successfully carries the picture with a warm performance. Kristel is a beautiful dream-woman, but play-acting role here does not tap her thesping abilities. Although Kristel bares her breasts frequently, an unmatched stunt double [Judy Helden] is used for her disconcertingly in several of the nude scenes.

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Private Lessons

Production: Jensen Farley. Director Alan Myerson, [James Fargo]; Producer R. Ben Efraim; Screenplay Dan Greenburg; Camera Jan De Bont; Editor Fred Chulack

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: Sylvia Kristel Howard Hesseman Ron Foster Eric Brown Pamela Bryant Ed Begley Jr

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