Kehr Capsule of the Week: Private Parts (1973)

The broad campiness of this first feature by Paul Bartel (Eating RaoulDeath Race 2000) is crisscrossed by sophisticated Hitchcockian themes of voyeurism and guilt. A fleabag hotel in Hollywood is home to Aunt Martha (Lucille Benson) and her mysterious son George; they’re both into candid photography, and when Martha’s runaway niece (Ann Ruymen) arrives, they find a perfect model/victim. The film’s blend of intellectualism and low schlock is heady and entertaining, though Bartel seems stronger with his carefully maintained visual motifs than with his performers (1973).

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