Catherine Chérie (1982)

This is an English-dubbed Spanish film…From what I can reconstruct from online sources, Berta Cabré plays the title role in this “Emmanuelle”-like film shot in the Grand Canary islands. Catherine is a young and sexually liberated girl with a boyish figure who lives with her older boyfriend Carlo, the author of erotic novels, in a seaside villa. There is also a maid there, with whom Catherine dallies on the side, lighting a fire under Carlo’s creativity. A photographer named Ian is determined to take provocative nude photos of Catherine and, when Carlo is summoned to Rome on business, it seems his chance has come. The famous transsexual sex star Ajita Wilson has a sizable supporting role. There is apparently a longer cut of this film in which she is graphically shown giving a blow job, but (sorry) it’s not in this version.

According to all online sources, the actual writer-director of this picture was Jaime Jesús Balcazar, but this English version came to the States by way of Germany’s Atlas International, who credited the script and direction to Hubert Frank for quota purposes – as they had done previously with the Italian version of Jess Franco’s “Succubus.” The cameraman Franz X. Lederle also photographed Franco’s “Succubus.” The score by Gerhard Heinz, with its title song sung by Pippa Armstrong, you will either adore or hate with all your heart.

Date: April 4, 2020