Written by: Cliff Wood on May 31st, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: France, 1972
Director: Jean-Marie Pallardy
Writer: Jean-Marie Pallardy
Cast: Georges Guéret, Angela Hansen, Jacques Insermini, Jean-Marie Pallardy, Evelyne Scott, Claude Sendron, Reine Thirion
DVD Released: April 7th, 2009
Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Le Chat Qui Fum
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
My Body Burns was written and directed by Jean-Marie Pallardy (Truck Stop, Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack). He also makes an appearance is the film as a bartender. Many of the actors in My Body Burns are part of Jean-Marie Pallardy troupe of performers who appear in the bulk of his films from this era. The only female cast member who appears to have worked before or beyond this film is Evelyne Scott, whose other notable films include Claude Chabrol’s Nada, Crimson, the Color of Blood, Lucky Lucky & The Datelines and four films directed by Jess Franco, Razzia sur le plaisir, Lady porno, Night of the Skull and Shining Sex.
The plot for the film was inspired by real life events and this may also explain why the plot is more coherent than some of Jean-Marie Pallardy’s other films. At the core of this story is a film about a rich elderly man whose philandering ways has the town spreading lies and some half truths about him. Wanting to stop the gossip before it ruins his reputation beyond repair. He gets his mistress to help him lure her lesbian lover who has been threatening to expose his darkest secrets to a remote location. While on the surface the premise offers many possibilities. The execution is once again lacking as the film is padded with lesbian sex scenes and a head scratching finale. The sex scenes never go beyond soft-core and outside of a few of the lesbian, the hook-ups they are extremely tame.
My Body Burns is presented in a 1.66:1 letterboxed widescreen. The source materials used for this transfer are the best looking out of the three Jean-Marie Pallardy DVD releases from Le Chat Qui Fum. There is some mild print damage and edge enhancement is minimal. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced. Background noise is kept to a minimum.
All of the extras included for this release are also included of Le Chat Qui Fum’s DVD’s for Truck Stop and Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack. These extras are as follows trailers for My Body Burns (2 minute 7 seconds – in French no English subtitles), Lucky Lucky & The Datelines (1 minute 40 seconds – in French no English subtitles), Gunfight at OK Corral (1 minute 38 seconds – in French no English subtitles), Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack (1 minute 9 seconds – in French no English subtitles) and Truck Stop (1 minute 39 seconds – in French no English subtitles). All five trailers are presented in a letterboxed widescreen. Other extras include an extensive image gallery that plays like a featurette (12 minutes 48 seconds). The main extra include with this release is a sixty one minute interview with director Jean-Marie Pallardy in French with English subtitles. This interview gives a well rounded overview of his career as a filmmaker.
According to the text on the back of DVD, the director Jean-Marie Pallardy supplied the source materials used for this release. The flaws in the audio / video presentation could be attributed to that is most likely no better surviving elements for this film. Just like Le Chat Qui Fum’s DVD’s for Truck Stop and Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack, the original French language audio with English subtitles is not included with this DVD release. Overall My Body Burns gets strong DVD release from Le Chat Qui Fum.