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The Altar of Lust (1971)

A sexually confused young woman in a session with her psychiatrist relates her tale of coming to New York City from Sweden after being raped by her stepfather, falling in love with a young man named Don and then realizing that she is finding herself attracted more and more to women.

Well-made, important transitional movie for Roberta Findlay

Cited as her first solo movie, made without the collaboration of hubby Michael (who merely helps out in the narration as the voice of a shrink), THE ALTAR OF LUST is also interesting as a transitional film memorializing the switchover from softcore to hardcore in adult cinema.

Findlay was to make more softcore films in the future, notably her wonderful romantic melodrama THE CLAMDIGGER’S DAUGHTER and later a series of clumsy & ineffective horror movies, but by 1971 hardcore had already taken over the exhibition side of the business. Its victory was complete the following year with the release of DEEP THROAT.

Date: February 15, 2022