Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Seven Seductions of Madame Lau (1981)
THE SEVEN SEDUCTIONS OF MADAME LAU (1981) Directed by Charles Webb (as Charles De Santos) and Christie MacDonald (aka Christy McCabe).
In light of the recent passing of Charles Webb, I decided to pick up a copy of this film during another order. I've always been curious about it, and it seems highly-regarded. Well, after a couple of weeks of trying to make sense out of contemporary adult releases, this was a breath of fresh air.
The opening sequence with an airplane flying over the water as a twangy theme song reminiscent of James Bond sets the tone that this will be a bit more ambitious in its aspirations. The pilot is Christopher Hamilton (Richard Pacheco) and he is journeying to meet with Madame Lau (Annette Haven) to find the answers that have long eluded him. But what exactly is his journey, and what exactly is reality?
Sometimes I finish these movies and cannot imagine them making the grade on Blu-Ray. THE SEVEN SEDUCTIONS (as it appears on-screen) is an exception. It has the atmosphere and the imagery and the engaging storyline to get people excited. Plus, it has some colorful performances from Haven and Pacheco and roles for faves Georgina Spelvin and Kay Parker. This is the kind of adult film which would find an audience even today.
It's not perfect. There are some plot holes and dangling threads if you pay close attention. Also, I'm not sure what Carol Doda added to the movie other than "a special appearance" but maybe her fame back in the day sold some tickets. It's just her screentime could have found better use in fleshing out the story.
I don't know if this is Charles Webb's adult masterpiece. I didn't know until today that credited co-director Christie MacDonald is his sister, though she's not listed in the databases as if they think she doesn't exist. All I do know is this is a fine adult film deserving of revival someday.