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Private Parts

4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Check out who's checked in at the musty old King Edward Hotel in a seedy section of L.A.: Cheryl, a runaway teen who hopes to piece her life together. Little does she know that someone at the hotel has a nasty little penchant for chopping people into pieces. Welcome, happy campers, to one of the screen's most bizarre works of camp filmmaking. Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul, Lust in the Dust) directs, guiding this loopy foray "with the fervor of a carny barker at a freak show" (Jay Cocks, Time). Murder, fetishism, a dotty aunt, a sham clergyman, corny cops, a Peeping Tom and a guy who's a girl who goes nite-nite with a blow-up doll that has a photo of Cheryl's face taped to it - they're among the feverish parts of Private Parts. If you're without reservations, drop by the hotel.

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  • Actors: Lucille Benson, Ann Gibbs, Stanley Livingston, John Lupton, Laurie Main
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GOH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Private Parts" on IMDb

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Private Parts tells the story of the runaway teen Cheryl Stratton (Ayn Ruymen) and her stay in her aunt's shady San Francisco hotel. Cheryl's story is not one of those pleasant coming of age films knee deep in moral values or road movies that enlightens the viewer about the importance of the journey. No, director Paul Bartel, in his first feature, has something completely different in mind, as he presents an extraordinarily bizarre tale of voyeurism, sexuality, and passionate murder.

The voyeuristically loaded opening credits apply camera flashes and exposed body parts, which cue the audience in the direction of the story's sexual nature. The subsequent scene presents the sexual nature of the film in a much more tangible manner, as Cheryl sneaks a look at her friend and her boyfriend. However, Cheryl finds herself caught peeping. It places her in an awkward situation, which she avoids by leaving after she has stolen her friend's money. Here Private Parts pays homage to Psycho (1960) with similarities such as having a girl with stolen money seeking room and board at a hotel. Additional parallels to Psycho emerge as the film unfolds; for example, there is an intriguing bathroom scene.

The hotel is far past its glory days, as the wallpaper shows signs of decades of stains while the heavily use of the doors has left them discolored and rickety. It is a perfect environment for the corrupt and sleazy activities that take place behind the paper-thin walls. Nonetheless, the owner, Cheryl's aunt Martha (Lucille Benson), is very particular about who she desires as tenants, which consists of a peculiar bunch of characters.
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Hot (for the 70's) teenage runaway Cheryl splits from Ohio and ends up in Los Angeles staying at an old rundown hotel full of weirdos. The weirdest of all is George and he has a crush on Cheryl.

Not as perverse as I was hoping it would be (then again no film ever is), but I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this movie. The story moved along at a nice pace and even though it never perved out in a big way I still felt satisfied and would watch it again.

The picture on the DVD was great, but I wish there had been a commentary track by somebody. Yea, I know Paul Bartel is dead but somebody must have something interesting to say about this film.

Look for a cameo by director Paul Bartel in the park.
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Not to be confused with Howard Stern's 1997 film of the same name (which I liked), Private Parts (1972) is an excellent, early effort from writer/actor/director Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000, Eating Raoul), who, sadly, passed away in 2000. Produced by Gene Corman (Night of the Blood Beast, Attack of the Giant Leeches), brother to Roger Corman, the film features Ayn Ruymen ("The McLean Stevenson Show"), John Ventantonio (Alien Lover), and Lucille Benson (Duel, Halloween II). Also appearing is Laurie Main (Time After Time, My Chauffeur), Ann Gibbs (Dear Dead Delilah), Stanley Livingston (Smokey and the Hotwire Gang), Charles Woolf (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), and Bartel himself, in a humorous cameo as `Man in Park'.

Seems not too long ago Judy (Gibbs) and Cheryl (Ruymen), a pair of midwestern girls, left their humble beginnings behind for the west coast, ending up in a crummy apartment on the beach in LA. The pair eventually have a falling out, partly over the fact Cheryl, who's jailbait through and through, gets her kicks on peeping on Judy and her boyfriend getting their freak on, and Cheryl splits, stealing Judy's wallet in the process. Seems Cheryl has a relative in the area, an Aunt Martha (Benson), who just happens to run a shabby flophouse of sorts, the King Edward Hotel to be exact, in a seedy part of town. Aunt Martha reluctantly agrees to let Cheryl stay, but on one condition, that Cheryl not wander around the hotel alone (a condition she repeatedly violates as the film progresses). This seems like sound advice, given some of the residents like Mr.
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Favorite film of all time. Yep. It is. I can't say enough about it. I first saw it a few years back as a result of me buying it because it looked interesting and weird. After the first time I saw it, I knew that was it. This is truly an awesome film.
Seedy, not sure if you should laugh or be scared or be disturbed or all of the above, very unnerving at times, very interesting at times, very artsy at times, very "real?" at times, sensual, psycho, violent, sexy, mysterious, 42nd street seedy, hotel, very bizarre characters, SHOCKING ending, amazing score.
I am in the process currently of making a documentary on this film and am trying to get into touch with the cast (that's still alive!). If you look them up, you'll see that most of them haven't been acting in a long time. So much mystery surrounds this film. Even the writers haven't written anything since it. And Paul Bartel (director) is now dead.
HERE'S A SECRET ABOUT GETTING THE SCORE: look under Hugo Friedhoffer and it will be a double movie score cd. or you can get it on vinyl used. look for it on amazon too. amazing.
If any of you have any other information on this film, please let me know asap.
I even rented out a theater to screen it a couple months ago!

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