|Starring Corinne Cartier, Gianni Garko|
Directed by F.J. Gottlieb
SynopsisBored with her loutish boyfriend and humdrum life as a shop girl, Silvia wants desperately to shake off her inhibitions but just can't seem to let go. Enter George, a dashing (and over-sexed) businessman intent on making Silvia yet another notch on his headboard. Little does he know what is in store him when Silvia finally does learn the joys of free love!
ReviewReviewing film comedies is, if you'll excuse the rather lame pun, a funny business. This is particularly true if that film is made in a language other than your own. Comedy is very much a culture-based art form - what's funny to us might inspire a blank stare elsewhere and vice-versa. This is even more true for sex comedies. Different cultures have individual taboos and norms, which means a sex comedy has its work cut out when making a trans-Atlantic cinematic voyage.
The Joy of Flying is, on the page, a textbook German sex comedy. All the stock characters are there: the womanizing hero, the frigid heroine and her unfailingly-trampy BFF, the spinster secretary, the flaming queen, the convent-educated nymphomaniac, the hooker, the sexually-insatiable older woman just waiting to be dominated...well, I could go on for quite a while. What makes The Joy of Flying stand apart is that it is legitimately funny, well-directed and performed. This bed-hopping farce is directed with precision and pacing and stars a cast of talented performers who remain engaging even when not running about in the buff.
|Gianni Garko and Olivia Pascal.|
Our cast is headed by the handsome and talented Gianni Garko, whose reign as King of the Spaghetti Westerns had faded by the late 1970's, after which he easily threw himself into the booming sex comedy genre. Casting a genuine actor in the leading role makes an otherwise despicable womanizer like George oddly likable. While his vocal delivery is obscured by the (rather enjoyably daffy) English dubbing, his talent for face-pulling and physical comedy is pitched perfectly for farce without going too over-the-top.
Gorgeous German actress Olivia Pascal (who also starred in the infamous Vanessa) has a small but memorable role as Maria, a convent schoolgirl with an insatiable appetite for sex in dangerous places. Her comedic timing is perfect and she livens up every scene in which which she appears. Pascal would excel during the T&A boom of the 1970's and continues to be in demand in German film and television.
|Caught in the act.|
While so many other sex comedies fall flat, seeming to be merely an excuse to hang nude scenes on, The Joy of Flying is a ridiculous amount of fun. Even the score is memorable and comedic with choruses of "C'mon let's do it, do it, do bee do bee do bee do it!"
|Do bee do bee do bee do it!|
Relax and enjoy this one. Recommended.