Blu-ray Review: Cecilia (1983)

August 25, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

After some establishing shots featuring zooms on statue penis (as one would naturally expect), we get down to brass tacks; namely the arrival of brat-ass Cecilia (Muriel Montossé) to her home… well almost; before she gets there she teases her driver by getting naked, a game she often plays with the help, who understandably hate it.

To that end they’ve orchestrated a revenge; namely raping the woman of the house (all set to bouncy electric organ music that makes things a whole hell of a lot more peppy than you’d anticipate), but their plan backfires like a mother fucker, because she is in to such things, and if anything it gets her horny level over 9,000.

Soon our heroine is up to her oft-exposed breasts in raunchy socialite sex parties that offer all manner of delicious debauchery that gets ever-more frenzied. This is cool and all, but how will her relationship with her diplomat husband, André (Antonio Mayans), fare when he dips his balls into the sexy goings-on?

Filled with absolutely gorgeous, at times mist enshrouded, wooded environs, a stunning manor, and the undeniable beauty of Montossé, Uncle Jess brings his A game with the visuals of Cecilia, and gives the film a sense of class while it’s characters are gettin’ that ass!

Speaking of just that, I hope you dig on soft-core bumping, grinding, rolling, and rubbing because that is the meat n’ potatoes of Cecilia. Characters find new and sundry ways to get their rocks off (all set to more of that ridiculous music mentioned up yonder), and eventually have the smallest of arcs. It’s not a bad formula by any means, because… and let’s be honest, we don’t watch these kinds of things for their dynamite narrative content.

Also of note for Franco-philes is the uncredited appearance of his eternal muse, Lina Romay as a blonde coiffed, sexed-up cabaret owner.

As for special features on this Blue Underground Blu-ray release (in conjunction with MVD Entertainment) we get some material that will doubtless leave the crotch of your pants feelin’ mighty tight!

Kicking things off we have Franco’s original Spanish cut of the film (which runs about 17 minutes shorter than the “regular” version), followed by an archival interview with Jess. Next comes a chat with author Stephen Thrower about Cecilia, followed by a sixty eight minute documentary detailing Franco’s oeuvre (worth the price of admission alone if you want my not so humble opinion).

Bringing up the rear are the film’s theatrical trailer, and a still gallery.

Erotic, visually rich, and at times completely absurd, Cecilia is a prime slice of Franco goodness that shouldn’t be missed by fans of early ’80s Euro-sleaze!




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