Wednesday 12 June 2024

The Young Seducers (1971)

The Young Seducers (Blutjunge Verführerinnen) is a 1971 softcore erotic film written and directed by Erwin C. Dietrich.

Dietrich was a legendary Swiss film director, producer and entrepreneur. He achieved huge success with exploitation movies and later had significant mainstream success as a producer. His erotic movies might not be high art but Dietrich knew how to achieve a classy feel on very low budgets.

The Young Seducers really has no plot at all. A sex magazine is planning a new series of feature articles about young women who seduce men. The various staff writers toss around ideas based on cases they’ve heard about it and we see these scenarios played out. The movie is a series of very brief erotic vignettes.

There’s a girl who seduces an artist. He didn’t think women were an interesting subject to paint but this young lady changes his mind, and as a result he finally achieves success as a painter.

There’s a gas station that decides that rather than give away free gifts which people really don’t away they’ll offer their customers something they do want. While their cars are getting the full service the customers get the full service as well, from Angela. She might not show much enthusiasm but she’s undeniably efficient. She knows to get a man’s motor running. And the gas station starts selling an awful lot of fuel. Some guys find that they need to fill up every day.

There’s a girl who tries to blackmail her chemistry teacher into taking her to bed.

And another girl who is taking piano lessons and persuades her lady piano teacher that there are things that are more fun than tickling the ivories. They could take nude photos of each other. This gets them both a bit over-excited and you can imagine what happens next.

The next segment purports to be a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Princess and the Pea although I don’t think Anderson would have recognised this version. A princess is riding the bus and thinks one of the male passengers might be a prince. What she needs to know is if he has a large pea. He assures her that he has an impressively large pea and proceeds to demonstrate this. While they’re riding the bus she’s riding his pea. This segment is at least an attempt to add a bit of humour.

In the next segment a young lady meets a Danish footballer in an electronics store. She’s there to buy a battery for her vibrator. Again there’s a vague attempt at humour. She finds that with a handsome muscle-bound Danish footballer who needs a vibrator?

Then we move to the world of the theatre. An actor playing Romeo is visited by a female fan wanting an autograph, but she wants more than an autograph.

Four athletes are looking for entertainment and they find a girl willing to oblige, in a barn. She dances for them and then offers them some real entertainment. They like a good workout, and so does she.

The framing story about the reporters takes a bit of a twist at the end. It turns out that they’ve been doing some in-depth in-the-field research.

It’s all just an excuse to get some very pretty actresses naked. And they’re very pretty indeed and one of them is Ingrid Steeger, something of a European sexploitation legend. And they’re very naked. There’s a great deal of frontal nudity.

It’s all much too silly and good-natured to be offensive, although I’m sure it would outrage plenty of people today.

There’s no substance at all to this movie but it doesn’t pretend to offer anything more than skin and a few laughs. This was a more innocent age, in which sex could be treated as fun. If you like European skin-flicks it’s recommended.

I’ve reviewed a couple of Dietrich’s other movies. In 1980 with Women of Inferno Island (AKA Caged Women AKA Gefangene Frauen) which starred Brigitte Lahaie he achieved something I would have considered impossible - he made a bright and breezy feelgood women-in-prison movie which I highly recommend. And Rolls-Royce Baby (1975, with Lina Romay) is stylish erotica.

The German Blu-Ray release looks very nice and offers the English-dubbed version with removable German subtitles as an option.

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