Die Screaming, Marianne
Written by Murray Smith
Directed by Pete Walker
Marianne "Hips" McDonald...Susan George
Young busty and lusty gogo dancer Marianne is poised to inherit a large sum of scratch on her 21st birthday...which is why her (incestful) family members are trying to kill her. She flees from her pursuers, hitches a ride with modish fop Sebastian, goes to marry him two weeks later, and, due to some clerical "error", winds up married to his best friend Eli instead. Whoops! She breaks up with Sebastian, beds down with Eli, and tries to live a peaceful life...until her money-grubbing family members come looking for her.
This is an odd little thriller in that it is very scarcely thrilling. There's a lot of jibber-jabber, and a lot of pretty things to look at, but not much in the way of action, excitement or suspense. It's a big old case of style over substance, and how you feel about that will greatly affect how you feel about this film.
The score is a groovy blend of synth, sitar, chanteuse and 'seventies funk, and the camera work varies between standard and art house. There is a lot of soft focus, wonky angles, split-screen, and some crazy dissolves between scenes. The opening credit sequence, the only time we get to see Marianna gogo'ing, was one of the greatest things I have ever seen, sexy and sensual enough to rival anything with the name James Bond attached to it.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film just couldn't live up to the hype. I was bored and uncaring most of the time, but continued watching if for no other reason than the fact that Susan George--the immodest goddess of mod--continued to prance around in various stages of undress. If you've seen her in Straw Dogs or The House Where Evil Dwells, you know that's nothing to sneeze at.
It's not going to knock your socks off, but if you're a fan of George, it could get your rocks off. All others need not apply.