Untouchables, beautiful, uninhibited and fatal. Cynthia and Lola. The
protagonists of a strange movie, a film that mixes many genres, with a
lot of eroticism, irony, noir and thriller.
Nice, no doubt about it, but it could be better, it could develop
better an interesting plot. Instead "Downtown" lacks that final twist,
the effort, to put it in sports jargon that could make it a more
Franco prefers focus more on the intimate parts of the two
protagonists, and involves them in many soft-core scenes, relegating
the interesting history to a minor aspect.
We say once again, we don’t mind seeing Lina Romay and Martine
Stedil naked again, but if there was more balance between eroticism and
plot, "Downtown" could be one of the most interesting chapters of good
Jess, because the story is funny and is a good satire of the strong
Al Pereira played by an astonished Jess Franco is a private detective
hired by Cynthia (Lina Romay) a stripper to photograph her husband with
her lover. The mission works with some strange results. Pereira then
understand that it is better to break off the relations with Cynthia
but is persuaded by the same and by her girlfriend, Lola (Martina
Stedil), in a way that we leave you to imagine, so he continue working
for them and photograph, and then blackmail, another man.
It could be a nice work and a good business, but the victim dies, the
police investigate Pereira, because obviously they can’t
investigate the two uninhibited mantises.
Probably covered by the strong powers, expose in everything else, Lola
and Cynthia, are the protagonists of many soft-core lesbian scenes,
auto eroticism and moments in which they show all, in front of the
curious zoom of an amused Franco. Hidden by the beauty of the blonde
and the brunette, the plot has no major twists or visionary moments
typical of the Spanish director. And we say again, that is a pity.
With Lina Romay, Martine Stedil and Jess Franco, there are the
ever-present Paul Muller, in the role of commissioner, Erik Falk and
Beni Cardoso seen in other films of the era and here definitely
overshadowed by the two protagonists.
Technical Data Sheet
Title: Downtown-Die Nackten Puppen Der Unterwelt
Alternate Titles: Down Town (Switzerland), Les putains de la ville low
(France), Downtown (USA), Schwarze Nylons, wilde Engel (Germany)
Director: Jesus Franco
Cast: Lina Romay, Jesus Franco, Martine Stedil, Paul Muller, Beni Cardoso, Eric Falk, Raymond Hardy, Monica Swinn
Duration: 86 '