Just Like a Woman (1967)

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    Just Like a Woman (1967)
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    My DVD of Just Like a Woman (1967), pre-ordered months earlier and delayed because it was in the same order as The Devils (1971), arrived two days after it’s director, Robert Fuest, died. Come to think of it, I think Ken Russell was still alive when I ordered The Devils. It’s an obituary double feature.

    I was very keen to see Just Like a Woman, Fuest’s first feature, even though I wasn’t expecting it to be particularly good. I had an idea it was a swinging London sex comedy, not the kind of material he was associated with. For that, you’d have to look at his art-deco grande guignol comedies The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971) and its sequel from the following year, Dr Phibes Rises Again, and also at his pop-art masterpiece, The Final Programme (1973). Michael Moorcock, original author of the novel that one derived from, thought it was a travesty of his exotic psychedelic proto-punk science fiction work. And while it would be more perverse than I’m prepared to get to argue that Moorcock’s source material is in fact a travesty of Fuest’s dayglo nightmare, I’ll settle for saying that I like them both, but revisit the movie more often than the book.

    Beyond those films, on which the director enjoyed a fair bit of creative control (a former production designer, he created TFP’s eye-popping sets, including a giant walk-in pinball machine, himself), Fuest struggled with the interference of producers, who butchered 1975’s The Devil’s Rain, a star-studded (Shatner! Lupino! Borgnine!) satanic horror, in a variety of cack-handed ways, extending the special-effects climax of melting diabolists until it resembles a porno movie about liquefaction – plot drops limp by the wayside as we are treated to yet another latex-dripping ECU…

    Similarly, Aphrodite (1982) begins as an unusually graceful softcore in the Emmanuelle mode, but founders in a welter of shoehorned hardcore inserts, blotchy outbreaks in a movie aiming for actual class.

    Fuest’s remaining TV work may have a few high spots (The New Avengers, and the earliest of his films I’d seen, And Soon the Darkness and Wuthering Heights, have definite strengths, but Just Like a Woman had hovered tantalisingly out of reach. But no more!

    And what a delight to be able to report that the film is actually impressive, with the typical Fuest virtues of dazzling visuals and campy wit bolstered by a surprising hint of autobiographical content.

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