Posted: 12/19/2010

 

Schoolgirl Report #7

(1974)

by Barry Meyer



“What the Heart Must Thereby…”


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The Schulmädchen Reports have held a cult like reputation in certain film crowds, who are aware of their notorious run throughout the Grindhouse theaters. The films were filled with sexual themes, all pertaining to high school girls gone wild, some escapades were comedic, some disastrous but all were pure titillation. Ironically, in Germany (where the films were produced), as well as throughout Europe, the series (thirteen in all) were fairly well received, often topping the box-offices.

This particular episode of the series centers around a secret brothel, where teenage girls serve their wealthy and often sleazy clientele. After hearing rumors that her older brother helps run the brothel, teenage Babsi is curious to find out what goes on there. When a sleazy and important client mistakes her for one of the working girls, a ruckus breaks out, and all the girls are sent before the Magistrate. It appears that part of the judicial process is for the middle-aged female judge to learn how the girls came to work in the brothel — each and every girl, in vivid detail.

The Schulmädchen films were based on a book by German writer Günther Hunold, who’d reported on the state of the younger generation, through interviews with a dozen girls who discussed their social and sexual experiences. For the series of “reports” filmmaker Ernst Hofbauer cleverly skews the fears and angst between the “generation gap,” and uses a well known pop cultural medium, familiar to both the old and the young — the educational film. These films, though they’d evolved some, had been shown in classrooms throughout the 40s, 50s and well into the 80s, and espoused on every topic from nature to history to sex. The pseudo-documentary style of these instructional films takes on a new twist, as Hofbauer explores the sexuality of the new generation in his mix of social exposition and sexploitation flick. Think of it as sort of a cross between 70s stag movies and The ABC Afterschool Specials. Yeah… weird.

Barry Meyer Barry Meyer was born to the world as the first scientifically produced Cathode Tube baby. He’s a film critic, videographer, editor, and writer, residing in Jamestown, NY.



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