Written by: George Pacheco on March 26th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1975
Director: Carlos Tobalina
Writer: Carlos Tobalina, William Margold
Cast: William Margold, Serena, Nina Fause, Sharon Thorpe
DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Marilyn and the Senator is an adult film from 1975, directed by Carlos Tobalina and starring the inimitable WIlliam Margold in the titular role of “The Senator,” who becomes the willing seed donor to a CIA agent seeking a child.
Of course, this senator also happens to be married, so the inevitable complications do indeed occur, with wall-to-wall sexual hi-jinks occurring under the oblivious nose of Washington. Tobalina’s film is over two hours long, however, far too long to keep any sort of attention span flowing against this threadbare plot of sexual congress and politics. Marilyn and the Senator-credited on screen here under the title of Swinging Senators-is saved only by the likable performance of Margold as lead actor.
The same cannot be said of Margold’s co-stars, the lion’s share of which simply read their lines from off camera, and do so with the most wooden of faces and awkward physical gesticulations. The sex scenes themselves are also without sizzle, leaving only the cool location shots and intriguing auteur aspirations of Tobalina himself as the slight straws which exist to grab from this film at the end of the day.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Marilyn and the Senator in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. There are minor instances of debris, but the print looks mighty fine overall, particularly considering its age.
The real kicker on this disc, however, is the audio commentary from Margold himself, who really lets loose with tangent after tangent, leaving his moderators in the proverbial dust as he riffs off nearly every aspect of the film. For this extra alone, Marilyn and the Senator receives a commendable presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.