Belle began her career (as Annie Brilland) in Jean Rollin's BACCHANALES
SEXUELLES at age 17. She then starred in Rollin's LIPS
OF BLOOD before her breakout movie LAURA.
Shortly after, Annie convinced filmmaker Massimo Dallamano to read
a script she had written and - further - to fine-tune and direct it.
That project became this film. The story deals with a sexual awakening
of young Annie as she grows from a girl to a bruised, but independent,
The movie combines
the popular coming-of-age theme within a more adult, erotic atmosphere.
It begins as Annie's father removes her from boarding school to take
her on a trip to Hong Kong. Enroute they meet and befriend a group
of socialites. But daddy has come to Hong Kong for business and has
no interest in mingling with the HK jet set. In reality, he's more
interested in getting Annie to the hotel where he hopes to do some
kinky mingling because... he's not her father at all. Rather, Michael
is her lover [of sorts]. He's been dominating Annie's life since the
death of her parents when she was 13. His age [coupled with a weird
sense of morality] has kept him from actually fucking Annie but not
from using her, sexually. And she is growing more and more disgusted
by it. Then, as it turns out, his 'business' in Hong Kong is passing
counterfeit money and there, in the hotel room, he is arrested by
the police... leaving Annie left alone with no place to go. She turns
to the people they met earlier and moves into the home of rich socialites
Linda and Angelo. Then the adventure begins.
Dallamano is very comfortable wallowing in stories of sexual perversion
while escorting the audience, circumstantially, along with him for
the sluggish ride. His narratives shift without notice from safe to
the extreme (e.g., VENUS
IN FURS, INNOCENCE
AND DESIRE, SUPER
HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?). Even his SECRET
OF DORIAN GREY relishes in a trashy decadence.
Annie Belle would
make anther 35 films, many with her co-star here, Al Cliver (including
ALCOVE and BLACK
VELVET); they were involved in a long-term romantic relationship
between 1974-1979. Her most unusual movies are
OF THE HIGH TIDE (with Pam Greer) and CROSS
WITH 7 JEWELS. She will always be remembered for her performance
as Lisa in Ruggerio Deodato's HOUSE
BY THE EDGE OF THE PARK. In 1989, at age 33, Annie Bell quit
acting and returned to graduate school where she received a degree
in Psychology. Subsequently, she become a social worker in France
for people diagnosed with mental illness. Ms Bell continues to work
in that capacity today.