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Private Parts (1972)

Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Philip Kearney (original screenplay), Les Rendelstein (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ayn Ruymen ... Cheryl Stratton
Lucille Benson ... Aunt Martha Atwood
John Ventantonio ... George Atwood
Laurie Main ... Reverend Moon
Stanley Livingston ... Jeff
Charles Woolf Charles Woolf ... Jeff's Dad
Ann Gibbs ... Judy Adams
Len Travis Len Travis ... Mike
Dorothy Neumann ... Mrs. Quigley
Gene Simms Gene Simms ... First Policeman
John Lupton ... Second Policeman
Patrick Strong Patrick Strong ... Artie
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After a falling out with her roommate Judy Adams, a friend from home and her only real friend in Los Angeles, Cheryl Stratton, a teenaged runaway from Cleveland, searches out the Kingston Hotel, operated by her maternal Uncle Orville and Aunt Martha Atwood neither who she's ever met but of who she's only heard stories, for a place to stay temporarily instead of going home. In Cheryl finding the rundown hotel and her uncle long deceased, seemingly puritanical Aunt Martha reluctantly allows Cheryl to stay for a few days. Cheryl, who tries to be more grown up emotionally than she actually is, is ill-prepared for living at the Kingston, being scared not only of the things that go bump in the night, but those that go bump in the day as well. After meeting a few of the rather odd cast of long term residents of the hotel, Cheryl discovers that one of them anonymously has an interest in her and is thus watching her. In Cheryl secretly going on a search for her admirer, one-by-one she ... Written by Huggo

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A most bizarre voyage into the psycho sexual! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film had to be cut to get an "X" rating in the UK when it was released there in 1973. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after Whitey the rat dies, its dead body is totally stiff. It would take a few hours for rigor mortis to set in for a rat, not immediately as is shown. See more »

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Aunt Martha: At certain funerals, you can actually feel the liberation of a spirit from the prison where it's been a captive.
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"Welcome to Aunt Martha's King Edward Hotel"
9 May 2006 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

This bizarre and entertaining cult film was Paul Bartel's first feature, and it's probably his most interesting film. Good use of seedy LA locations and an effective score by Hugo Friedhofer create a genuinely creepy atmosphere. Well cast and acted. Lucille Benson, who could easily be Norman Bates' mother,is a standout as Aunt Martha.

"Too nosy for her own good", runaway Cheryl Stratton investigates the various characters and rooms in her aunt's hotel, while a resident photographer spies on her; ultimately, with her knowledge and participation. Like so many films, Private Parts owes a debt to Psycho. Though the film becomes somewhat silly with the arrival of the 2 policemen near the end, it is original and compelling, and Bartel displays admirable restraint throughout. The film ends with a good last shot:Cheryl checked-in a girl, and checks-out a vicariously experienced woman.

When the film opened in New York, at the now defunct First Avenue Screening Room, The New York Times' reviewed it favorably. Happily, it has finally been released on DVD with the trailer. Definitely worth checking out. "Follow Cheryl as she leads you through the darkest corridors of your mind", you'll be glad you did.


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