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Robin Bougie
09-21-2011, 07:30 AM
http://i.imgur.com/7y4Tb.jpg

Vampy underground celebrity Ultra Violet was a French painter who studied under Salvador Dali, and then moved to New York in the early 60s, befriended Andy Warhol, and transformed into one of Warhol's most noteworthy trash-chic stars. Andy cast her in I, A MAN (1967), THE LIFE OF JUANITA CASTRO (1965), and she would then go on to appear in some other noteworthy late 60s films, like MIDNIGHT COWBOY, and THE TELEPHONE BOOK.

But right around that time -- as the seventies started -- Ultra Violet got involved with a sex film where she narrated (quite hilariously, from what I am to understand) over top of a series of hardcore fuck scenes from various 8mm smokers, underground porn movies, and whatnot. The movie was called HOT PARTS, and was a big enough release that it garnered a soundtrack LP...

http://i.imgur.com/Ngqzl.jpg

....newspaper advertising....

http://i.imgur.com/Iq79c.jpg

...and a few write ups in various papers in New York.

But the thing is that today the movie appears to be lost. It doesn't even have an IMDB page, and no one I know has seen it. I write about it here, with the hopes that one of you has. I would have never found out about it myself, if I hadn't seen a small two page article about its disappearance in a issue of MAN TO MAN. But the interesting thing is that this issue is from 1974 -- only three years after the movie came out! Here is the interesting thing they had to say:

http://i.imgur.com/HpAZ4.jpg

Ian Jane
09-21-2011, 09:06 AM
I know her from Midnight Cowboy but had no idea this movie existed. There's nothing on the iafd either. Curious.

george n
09-21-2011, 03:49 PM
Its frustrating how many films are lost/missing in action

Ian Miller
09-21-2011, 08:08 PM
I've seen that LP a bunch of times over the years, but that's the extent of my knowledge. I always mis-read it as HOT PANTS!

Robin Bougie
09-21-2011, 08:50 PM
Hey, coincidentally my pal Mike just discovered the poster last week! Sorry, it's really big but I wanted the text to be readable because there is some really good info on it that wasn't in anything else I read on it.

http://i.imgur.com/bHkSX.jpg

Ian Jane
09-21-2011, 08:51 PM
I emailed Steve at VXP to see if he could put Benson Hurst on the case.

Ian Jane
09-21-2011, 08:52 PM
The poster says the LP came out on a major label. What label was it?

Todd Jordan
09-21-2011, 09:32 PM
When I first saw who sang on it I thought it was Bret Summers. That's what my mind wanted to see anyway. Can you imagine how sucky would that be?

Ian Miller
09-22-2011, 06:16 AM
The poster says the LP came out on a major label. What label was it?

Kama Sutra/Buddha (home of the Lovin' Spoonful and a bunch of bubblegum records).

Ian Miller
09-22-2011, 06:19 AM
I know her from Midnight Cowboy but had no idea this movie existed. There's nothing on the iafd either. Curious.

She's also the Wiccan in SIMON KING OF THE WITCHES.

Ian Jane
09-22-2011, 09:06 AM
Ah, didn't realize that but yeah, you're right. She evidently pops up in some Warhold documentaries too. I wonder if she addresses the movie at all in any of those?

Robin Bougie
09-23-2011, 08:20 AM
Does John Lyons post on this board? He'd be another good person to ask, as he deals in original prints for sex films, and even if he hasn't seen the movie, he may have seen a print float by somewhere.

Ian Jane
09-23-2011, 08:56 AM
I asked him on FB but he either didn't see it or just didn't respond for whatever reason. Couldn't hurt to ask again.

SOMEONE has to know something about this.

AEA
03-19-2013, 11:09 AM
According to Variety, Hot Parts never in fact screened at the first NYEFF (Nov. 1971). Its producer pulled the film after the festival took a bust, apparently for fear of legal action. The film then prem'd in New York in a showcase release at several non-porn venues on February 23, 1972 under the advertised (NYT) title Ultra Violet's Guide to 40 Years of X Films.

Robin Bougie
03-20-2013, 04:09 AM
Interesting! Thanks for the info.

MikeM
12-21-2017, 05:35 PM
I have no idea if anyone will see this post after all the years that have gone by, but I was directed here from a post in Steve Hoffman's music forums about the soundtrack album for this movie. I wrote a very detailed post about the film itself a couple of months ago, but the forum somehow ate it up and spit it out, it never posted, and I had no way of retrieving it. I was so pissed off that I just walked away.

I’m trying one more time; this time I’ll save my work as I go along!

There was some question in the Hoffman forum as to whether this film was ever released at all, and I do understand from this board that it was withdrawn at the last minute from the NYEFF.

But I’m here to tell you that Hot Parts DID in fact make it out to the hinterlands. I know, because I saw it myself at a theater in Athens, Ohio sometime in 1972 while I was a student at Ohio University. I’ll tell you what I recall of it, which is not a lot.

The most important aspect of Hot Parts was, and is, a musical one. I was so enchanted by the songs on the soundtrack that I actually wrote to Buddah records (note proper/"improper" spelling of the record label) inquiring about it. Luckily, I was working as a DJ at the local Athens commercial station at the time, so Buddah promptly mailed me a copy of the album. Once I saw the songs credited to Michael Brown (and Steve Martin), it all made sense, as I had long been a fan of The Left Banke. And indeed, those and some of the other soundtrack numbers have held a great cachet with the melodic, power pop contingent of rock fans ever since.

But on to the movie itself...I have only a few specific memories:


Early on, they showed a couple of examples of silent-era porn. One MAY have been the cartoon this GIF is taken from (https://giphy.com/gifs/7lc8YYM8L6gFi) but I’m not sure. Seems to me there was another where an animated dick made its way under its own power by sort of hopping along.


A second silent live action film had something to do with a casting couch. I had actually seen this film a couple of years previous at my local “Underground Cinema.” In it, a casting director (a short, fat, rather ugly fellow who nevertheless had an enormous dick) tells the aspiring starlet what she has to do to get the part. She agrees, but memorably says via a title: “You will have to use a ‘fish skin.’” As they get down to business, various titles are shown with the likes of “Oooh! Aaaah!”


There were I’m sure various stag films of different vintage shown. The one other example I recall was a black and white film that looked as though it was done in the 1950s. This was definitely soft porn; I’m not even sure if nipples were shown; surely nothing more than that. But the theme was a family orgy. I remember that the long-haired daughter was the only attractive character of the bunch. There was an older “Aunt Tillie” who got in on the action, and maybe a couple of others. “Dad” was obviously a younger guy they tried to make look older with slicked-back hair and heavily framed glasses. The others I forget. All I can recall is that Dad was shown off in a corner taking matters into his own hand, so to speak. (Of course, this wasn’t actually shown, only implied.) I don’t believe there was any live sound, only the kind of silly narration that could only have come out of this era.


I believe the finale of the film was a “money shot” that went to a freeze frame just as the er, "money" became evident. Roll credits!


And that’s about it! I hope, after all the above, that someone sees this. It certainly would be a historic find if this film turned up somewhere.

Ian Jane
12-21-2017, 06:16 PM
Great post Mike, thanks for sharing and shedding some light on this!!

MikeM
12-22-2017, 01:40 PM
Great post Mike, thanks for sharing and shedding some light on this!!

Thanks, Ian.

Purely in the interests of further research, here is a link I found to a fuller description of the silent stag film shown in Hot Parts (which I had also seen on its own a couple of years before at one of the "Underground Cinema" shows I frequently attended).

It turns out that this film is actually entitled "The Casting Couch." The link below is to a site dealing with linguistics and the origins of words/phrases. Apparently, the term "fish skin" is not as widely known as I had assumed from its presence in the intertitle in the film.

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2006-January/056739.html

Ian Jane
12-22-2017, 03:27 PM
Yeah I just kind of assumed it might condom after reading your first post, but I honestly don't think I've encountered that term before. It's a little off putting when you think about it.

Flash
12-22-2017, 09:37 PM
A 1971 trade-publication print ad that was up for sale on eBay this last September. I'm giving a link since the image is copyrighted and I don't have permission to reproduce the image.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-Ultra-Violet-photo-Guide-to-the-Hot-Parts-movie-release-trade-print-ad/362096980296?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.M BE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D46086%26meid%3Dbb68a34eeae04fa 88b5d9a03061c57a8%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D 12%26sd%3D362033446264&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850

Ian Jane
12-23-2017, 09:22 AM
This was found on pintrest.

19459

The Art Theater mentioned in the ad still exists.

http://www.thearttheater.org/about-us/

According to Cinema Treasures it did have a run as an adult theater, so this adds up.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1851