sorry for the mistakes
Blu Angel Cafe
This is certainly not the Joe D'Amato I will most remember with
pleasure. Story in hand and also given the ambitious inspiration for
'Der blaue Engel' with Marlene Dietrich, I hoped and imagined a film in
which he exploded in all his great abilities, giving a dignified erotic
and morbid film. A Joe D'Amato’s film in short.
The context lent itself, but in the end we find ourselves in a 1989
'drama' that looks like a television product and whose erotic side,
however central to the story, is unconvincing, very drawn out and at
times even comical. Unintentionally.
The references to the work of Josef von Sternberg, already present in
the title and in the name of the protagonist, are a not inconsiderable
burden and also a comparison that brings down D'Amato's attempt even
more, who, moreover, at directing and photography, lends himself to the
bare minimum. A music that is almost always present shreds the viewer's
eardrums after only a few minutes.
Richard Brown is Derek Raymond a rich lawyer, married, rampant
politician running for governor of his state. One evening,
however, he goes to the Blue Angel Cafe, where he sees Angie, played by
Tara Buckman, who we remember from small parts in numerous genre films
(Silent Night, Deadly Night among many others) and TV series perform.
Here she is the femme fatale who often shows herself naked.
Derek falls in love with the woman, has an affair with her and when it
becomes public knowledge, his career and life plummet. He becomes poor,
alcoholic and depressed, although he does not lose the woman he loves,
i.e. Angie, who in the long run finds in this affair a stepping stone
to fame. There is a cameo for Laura Gemser in the role of a
photographer, a reference to her most famous character.