A certain Barbara Klein (aka Barbi Benton, Hef’s long-time girlfriend) in the unforgettable screen romance, Hospital Massacre (1981).

This film, by the way, was directed by Boaz Davidson, the same guy who created The Last American Virgin, a pretty good youthploitation film which was a remake of his earlier Israeli film, Eskimo Limon.

Hospital Massacre was nowhere near his worst film. That would probably be Going Bananas (2.7 at IMDb), a film starring Dom DeLuise and Jimmie (Dy-No-Mite) Walker with a premise so preposterous that it defies summary. IMDb gives it the ol’ college try: “While on vacation in a fictitious African country, the young son of a US senator, his guardian and their guide must stop the corrupt local police chief and the shady owner of a local circus from capturing their new friend – a talking ape.” Going Bananas was probably adapted from a Eugene O’Neill play, or possibly the work of the Bard of Avon himself.

Their methodology is quite complex, and takes into account the excess death rate and several modifying factors.

In terms of accurate reporting, the USA actually looks better than many other countries. While the analysts estimate that American deaths are probably about 1.5 times as many as the officially reported total, the excess death rates elsewhere during the COVID era indicate that many countries are underreported by vast multiples. For example, Russia has reported 109,000 fatalities, but the analysts estimate that the actual total is 591,000; Mexico has reported 217,000 fatalities, but the analysts estimate that the correct total is 653,000.

“We think androgens or male hormones are definitely the gateway for the virus to enter our cells. We really think that baldness is a perfect predictor of severity.”

Caution: “So far studies have been of relatively small numbers of patients.”

The above headline within quotation marks was from a Brit tabloid, so you can’t treat it with the solemnity you would accord the Journal of the AMA, but they may actually be onto something, even if they have sensationalized the science to create a paper-selling headline.

The company that discovered the link last spring, Applied Biology, more recently ran a study that tested the use of an androgen inhibitor (Proxalutamide) on COVID patients, and it seems to have been very successful in preventing severe symptoms and the progression of the disease.

As sensational as it seems to propose a correlation between baldness and COVID, the whole concept is actually plausible, given that some element of male biology seems to have consistently made males more vulnerable to the virus in country after country. In the USA, about 236,000 Americans under the age of 75 have died from COVID, consisting of 148,000 men and only 88,000 women. Although that disparity may have behavioral components, it seems that biology must also play a part, and it is reasonable (but not certain) to hypothesize that androgens may be involved, since they are only present in females in limited amounts.

That said, Proxalutamide also showed a fairly high level of gastrointestinal side-effects in the test, although a bit of nausea and diarrhea seems to be a fairly good alternative to death. Once again it must be noted that only about 260 patients were studied in the Applied Biology test, although the results were statistically significant even with so few degrees of freedom.

A great nude performance by Emmanuelle is almost enough to make you forget that this 1992 Polanski film includes three of the most annoyingly mannered actors in history: Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Grant and Peter Coyote.

Hugh Grant may be totally punchable on screen, but his comments can be very entertaining. Here is what he said about working with Polanski:

“Well, you know he’s a nutter. A genius but bonkers. Coming from a cozy English tradition, and going to Paris. He doesn’t work in the morning at all. (Impersonates Polanski) ‘I hate the morning.’ So you come in at lunch time and go into make up. Instead of someone saying, ‘Do you want a cup of tea and a donut?’, they say, ‘Would you like a line of cocaine?’ And then his wife will be there in make-up, usually topless, (another imitation) ‘So you like these?’ Yeah, they’re great. Very bohemian. Bitter Moon had trouble finding a distributor until after Four Weddings but I like it. And there are other psychotics who like it.”

Below are the very breasts Hugh was extolling the virtues of, accompanyied by other body parts:

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My comments on the film follow the jump:

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He’s 82 now and still trying to shock. If you have forgotten, he’s the Dutch director who did a brief tour of duty in Hollywood, during which he churned out such entertaining trash as Showgirls and Basic Instinct. His latest effort capitalizes on the current vogue for lesbian period drama, with the additional spin of hot nuns.

The name of the film is Benedetta. It isn’t out yet (except in the Cannes festival), but there is nudity in the self-explanatory trailer:

The naked women are

Virginie Efira

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Daphne Patakia

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