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Feature: European Starlets in Erotic Dramas

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Various European Starlets in Erotic Dramas:

During the liberalized 1970s and early 80s, many foreign film stars - known as European starlets (some mentioned elsewhere) - appeared in many foreign-made, R-rated soft-core romantic/comedy dramas often requiring the stars to be naked and exhibit erotic appeal.

These numerous sex romp films included these four better-known actresses:

Laura Antonelli

Olivia Pascal

Serena Grandi

Clio Goldsmith

Laura Antonelli - Italian Film Actress

The dark-haired, voluptuous screen actress Laura Antonelli, tauted to be the next Sophia Loren from Italy, appeared in numerous productions, including many film farces set in the past, and often in the role of an adventurous maid, housekeeper, or waitress. Her first film Le Malizie di Venere, or Venus in Furs (1969) (aka Devil in the Flesh), directed by Massimo Dallamano, was seized by US Customs for 'obscenity violations' - and the film was severely edited by US and UK censors. But it brought the full-figured star attention for its explicit scenes, in her role as Wanda.

Italian Antonelli films in the 1970s included:

  • Devil in the Flesh (1969) (aka Le malizie di Venere, Venus in Furs), as Wanda von Dunajew
  • Secret Fantasy (1971) (aka Il Merlo Maschio), as Costanza Vivaldi
  • The Eroticist (1972) (aka Nonostante le apparenze..., or The Senator Likes Women), a horror comedy spoof by director Lucio Fulci, her breakthrough film, as Sister Delicata
  • Scoundrel in White (1972) (aka High Heels, or Docteur Popaul), as Martine Dupont, opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Malicious (1973) (aka Malizia), a sexy comedic fantasy-drama, as Angela
  • How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973), in various roles
  • Simona (1974), as Simone
  • Till Marriage Do Us Part (1974) (aka Mio Dio Come Sono Caduta In Basso), as Eugenia Di Maqueda
  • The Divine Nymph (1975) (aka Divina Creatura), as Manoela Roderighi, co-starring with Marcello Mastrioianni
  • The Innocent (1976) (aka L'Innocente), by director Luchino Visconti, as Giuliana Hermil, co-starring with Giancarlo Giannini
  • Wifemistress (1977) (aka Mogliamante), as Antonia de Angelis, co-starring with Marcello Mastroianni
A Sampling of Laura Antonelli Films

Devil in the Flesh (1969) (aka Venus in Furs)

The Eroticist (1972) (aka Nonostante le apparenze...)

Malicious (1973) (aka Malizia)

Till Marriage Do Us Part (1974) (aka Mio Dio, come sono caduta in basso!)


The Divine Nymph (1975) (aka Divina Creatura)

The Innocent (1976) (aka L'Innocente)

Wifemistress (1977) (aka Mogliamante)

Olivia Pascal - German actress

20 year-old Olivia Pascal appeared for her debut screen role in Hubert Frank's soft-core, 'erotic travelogue' sexploitation film Vanessa (1977, W. Germ.) - a German-produced, Hong Kong-shot, dubbed-in-English film. It was filmed to take advantage of the demand at the time for 'classy' sex films shot in foreign locales, about a young woman on a journey of sexual self-discovery. Ads promoted:

"Where Emmanuelle ended, Vanessa begins!"

Olivia Pascal portrayed the orphaned title character Vanessa Anden - a strict, convent-raised virgin from Bavaria (Germany). In the opening scene in the convent, she was giggling with other convent girls at erotic paintings or photos of statues in a forbidden book of males with gigantic penises.

After being notified by telegram that she had lucratively inherited "a whole chain of beautiful bordellos" and a large citrus fruit plantation from her wealthy Uncle Richard, she traveled to Hong Kong to take possession. When she arrived, she was driven in a taxi by enigmatic Prinz Bandor (Tom Garven), a friend of the family, to Richard's palatial home. There, she would soon met other characters including:

  • Jackie (Uschi Zech), the niece of Richard's attorney Anthony; a promiscuous bi-sexual and a frequent exhibitionist (often naked), who was regarded as Vanessa's 'cousin'
  • Anthony Grüder (Peter M. Krueger), Uncle Richard's attorney-lawyer
  • Major Kenneth Cooper (Anton Diffring), a wealthy, over-sexed husband, married to Cle; Jackie's sadistic brother-in-law
  • Cle Cooper (Eva Eden), Jackie's sister; married to Major Cooper although involved in many extra-marital affairs
  • Adrian (Gunter Clemens), Uncle Richard's over-sexed son, lustful and illegitimate, who was the sinister administrator of the plantation - he unsuccessfully contested the will
  • Tai-Neh (Eva Leuze), Adrian's jealous mistress/servant

Exhibitionist 'Cousin' Jackie

The Major's Cheating Wife Cle Cooper

Tai-Neh in Rice Shower

Voodoo Sex by Tai-Neh Against Vanessa

Vanessa Witnessing Masturbatory Sex in Convent

There was also talk of an "extra-terrestrial force" (black magic) which allowed one to see others completely nude - a power that Vanessa possessed.

Vanessa (Olivia Pascal) During Bathing Sequence

Included in the film were a number of sex scenes:

  • Vanessa's lesbian relationship with Jackie throughout the film
  • Vanessa's undressing by servants before nude bathing
  • Vanessa's sensual Oriental massage on a water bed performed by a servant, while she was observed by topless Jackie, who then joined Vanessa by lying next to her
  • a rice shower sex scene between Adrian and Tai-Neh, and later a scene of sexual intercourse
  • Adrian's attempted rape of Vanessa at the plantation in an outdoor pavilion
  • voodoo sex performed by Tai-Neh against Vanessa
  • Vanessa's S&M flashback during convent days (when she listened to and witnessed masturbatory sex, and was whipped-spanked as punishment for having lesbian tendencies)
  • hypnotic-telepathic sex between swami-magician Prinz and Vanessa
  • Vanessa's bondage-whipping scene in a 'torture-machine' by Major Kenneth Cooper
Vanessa and Jackie In Matching Wicker Chairs at the Beach

By film's end, the title character Vanessa Anden, with distinctively puffy and protruding nipples (and under-armpit hair), experienced a soft-focus lesbian scene with Jackie in her bedroom. Jackie had been aggressively promoting Vanessa's loss of virginity ("It's time you got your cherry picked") for the entire film.

Lesbian Sex Between Vanessa and Jackie

Exaggerated Illustrations or Images in a Forbidden Erotic Book in the Convent

Vanessa (Olivia Pascal) Before Leaving Convent

Vanessa Undressed Before Bath

Massage Sequence (With Jackie)

Vanessa's Attempted Rape by Adrian

Vanessa's Bondage-Whipping by Major Cooper

Serena Grandi - Italian actress

The liberated actress was known for her enormous breasts and opulent body, and as a popular pin-up (often compared to Sophia Loren or Gina Lollabrigida), and for starring in a number of erotic dramas and comedies in the 1980s as a well-endowed, fantasy female figure.

Her most notable film was Tinto Brass' almost hard-core Miranda (1985) in which she portrayed a lusty and adventurous tavern owner with a seasonal quartet of lovers.

Serena Grandi's Major Films

Miranda (1985)

L'Iniziazione (1987) (aka Exploits of a Young Don Juan)

Her major filmography included:

  • Miranda (1985), as Miranda
  • Lady of the Night (1986) (aka La Signora Della Notte), as Simona
  • Desiderando Giulia (1986), as Giulia (Julia)
  • L'Iniziazione (1987) (aka What Every French Woman Wants, or Exploits of a Young Don Juan), as Ursule, an erotic coming-of-age comedy
  • Rimini Rimini (1987), as sex goddess Lola Sarti
  • Delirium (1987) (aka Le foto di Gioia), as Gioia (or Gloria), an Italian erotic gallo horror film

Lady of the Night (1986)

Desiderando Giulia (1986)

Rimini Rimini (1987)

Delirium (1987)

Clio Goldsmith - French actress

An exotic, curly-haired brunette beauty, Clio Goldsmith appeared in a number of foreign films in the early-to-mid 1980s, including:

  • The Cricket (1980) (aka La Cicala), as Cicala, co-starring with Virna Lisi
  • Lady of the Camelias (1981) (aka La Storia Vera Della Signora Dalle Camelie), as Clemence
  • Heat of Desire (1981) (aka Plein Sud), as Caroline dite Carol - une jeune marginale
  • Honey (1981) (aka Miele Di Donna), an erotic fantasy, as Anny
  • The Gift (1982) (aka Le Cadeau, or Bankers Also Have Souls), as Joyane/Barbara
  • L'Etincelle (1986) (aka Tug of War), as Dale
Some of Clio Goldsmith's Films

La Cicala (1980) (aka The Cricket)

Miele Di Donna (1981) (aka Honey)

Le Cadeau (1982) (aka The Gift, or Bankers Also Have Souls)

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