Cast & Crew
Norman J. Warren
When an unsuccessful actor named Stevee Day suddenly becomes famous as a London disc jockey, his wife, Suzanne, finds herself with nothing to do other than listen to her husband's early morning show and wait for his return from the radio station. Stevee, however, spends more and more time away from home by indulging himself with the adoring young women who idolize him. Upon discovering Stevee making love to Carol Taylor, a beautiful secretary, Suzanne turns for consolation to Scott, a longtime friend and admirer. Deciding that their marriage is over, Stevee and Suzanne meet to discuss the sale of their house. Although the reunion prompts them to try for a reconciliation, a promotional campaign at the radio station forces Stevee to spend almost all of his time with Carol. No longer able to cope with her husband's infidelity, Suzanne leaves Stevee for Scott. And, a short time later, Stevee finds himself alone as the ambitious Carol deserts him for one of the radio station's top executives.
Norman J. Warren
Loving Feeling - 1968 British Sexploitation
Salvation, a UK company with various subsidiary fronts, has teamed up with US distributor Image Entertainment to release a handful of its Redemption horror holdings as well as a few of its Jezebel titles, whose dvd's promise "sexy retro from the saucy seventies" (although their website more accurately pegs it as '60's & 70's Erotica'), and this brings us back to Warren's Loving Feeling, a time-capsule for the swinging scene found in the late sixties of London. Simon Brent stars as the wildly popular D.J., Stephen Day (aka: Stevee). Marital problems have his house for sale, and a parade of mini-skirts add to the distractions. Stevee sums up the bulk of the narrative flow rather neatly when he exasperatedly tells a love interest how "Neither of you seem to realize what it is being a disc jockey, you get chased by a lot of birds who think you're some kind of God, you get tired of having to meet people all the time, and pretending to be someone you're not. These things happen." And that's about all that happens, although Warren does his best to spice things up with flashbacks, a dream sequence, and spurts of melodrama. Anyone looking to get their kicks from the promise of an unrated sexploitation film would do well to remember Warren's comments earlier herein and focus attention instead on the promise for "retro" pleasures (if that's the right word to describe an interest in fake eyelashes, turtlenecks, and shirt ruffles).
The dvd release lists Loving Feeling as being "presented in its 1.78:1 theatrical aspect ratio," which clearly cuts off side information. Warren may not feel too strongly about the impact his early sexploitation films had on the marketplace, but he did have strong feelings about widescreen compositions, as revealed in an interview by Tony Meadows for Wide Screen Movies Magazine titled "The Making of INSEMINOID":
I like 'Scope, not just because it gives the film a "bigger" feel to the production, but because to me it is a more natural image. With our own eyes, we look at the world in CinemaScope, not Academy. We make the effort to look up or down, whereas our normal vision is in 'Scope. I feel very lucky to have made three films in 'Scope. Loving Feeling and Satan's Slave were shot in Techniscope, a wonderful system for low-budget film production, as it doubled your film stock by only using half the frame, and you didn't need to use expensive lenses on the camera. All good points for convincing the producer to shoot in 'Scope. The third film was, of course, Inseminoid, which I really wanted to shoot in 'Scope.
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by Pablo Kjolseth