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Title: Cry for Cindy

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Year: 1976

Genre: Adult / Drama

Language: English

Runtime: 86 min

Director: Anthony Spinelli

Writer: Dean Rogers (original screenplay)


Anna becomes a prostitute and changes her name to Cindy. She loves her job and can't get enough, and even decides to break up with her boyfriend for it. This changes drastically when she starts working for a greedy pimp, and she decides to commit suicide. At the funeral, her friends remember all the good times they've had with her.

Our thoughts:
Vinegar Syndrome are putting out a great number of forgotten adult films from the '70s and '80s on their Peekarama DVD sets. This one features early 3 movies by prolific adult filmmaker Anthony Spinelli - "Cry for Cindy", "Touch Me" and "An Act of Confession". "Cry for Cindy" stands out a bit in the adult film universe because it's not the most happy movie you'll see. The sex scenes have all the joy that you'll expect, the plot is all the more somber.

When Anna became a prostitute, she absolutely loved it. She changed her name to Cindy and became a addicted to her job. Every customer was a thrill and she enjoyed her job more than she enjoyed her boyfriend. But as she got further into the industry, she also got under the power of a greedy pimp. Now she hates her job and her life, and takes her own life. On Cindy's funeral, her friends and co-workers think back to the many steaming hot memories of their friend, Cindy.

It's a '70s adult film in every way that you'd want it to be. It has cheerful sex, stand-out music for each scene, and a ton of pubic hair. And then you have the very dark plot of the prostitute that commits suicide. Not your typical stuff at all, but it does make "Cry for Cindy" all the more entertaining. I say entertaining because it's not like you'll end up crying from this movie, it is still a rather dumb experience, one to enjoy rather than over-think despite having a depressing story.

I decided to watch the hardcore version, but for those who literally want plot without porn, they can go check the softcore version out. The hardcore version had everything, but sometimes there are rather long breaks between each scene. The scenes also feature a variety of positions, and cutting to them whenever they see fit. What you might notice when watching this is that the cinematographer most likely had larger ambitions than porn, as the camera is played around with quite a bit. It zooms in and pans in pretty interesting ways, making even the sex scenes something to watch for the same of the review (generally I don't have much to say about the sex scenes when I review).

I have two more films to watch from this release, but even with just "Cry for Cindy" this DVD is worth picking up if you're a fan of the old adult films where plot was just as important. This one throws a curveball by mixing the standard sex with a dark and somewhat depressing plot of suicide. But did it really want to say something about the sex industry? I highly doubt it, but I don't think any less of it for that. It's entertaining!

Positive things:
- The plot, while not powerful, makes it entertaining to watch.
- Some of the camera work, especially in the sex scenes, are odd and interesting.
- Interesting music choices.

Negative things:
- If you're out for a wank then you might be disappointed that it takes a while between some of the scenes.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 5/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 2/5

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