Written by: George Pacheco on November 26th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, March 24th, 1977
Director: Ernst Hofbauer
Writer: Gunther Heller
Cast: Helga Anders, Sandra Atia, Ulrich Beiger
DVD Release Date: November 11th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono German
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
This eleventh volume in Germany’s long-running Schulmadchen Report series of sexploitation films is indicative of the permissive sexual attitudes which characterized the late 1970s, presenting a comparatively sleazier and even more explicit selection of vignettes against earlier volumes in the series, perhaps attempting to compete with the then-burgeoning adult film scene over in the States.
Yet, Schoolgirl Report 11: Trying Beats Studying–also known in other countries as Blue Dreams–still retains the faux documentary styled tone as other selections in the series, this time under the guise of a concerned parents meeting over a German radio show. It’s through this medium where each vignette is introduced, as director Ernst Hofbauer details stories of improper student-teacher relations, a sex orgy gone awry and a particularly grim-compared to series standards, anyway-tale of sex slavery, extortion and imprisonment.
All of this may seem to be pretty heavy subject matter on the surface, yet Blue Dreams still possesses all of the inherent goofiness which permeates the entire Schoolgirl Report series, thus softening the blow of the otherwise serious subject matter of sleazy sex, suicide and death. This mood is aesthetically boosted by the film’s requisite jazz/funk soundtrack, which had also become a trademark of the Schulmadchen series by this point in time.
Overall, Schoolgirl Report 11 could be considered a high point in the series, due primarily to its steadfast dedication to “delivering the goods,” so to speak, as yet another quintessential example of German sex in the 1970s. It’s serious when it needs to be, sexy most of the time, and possesses a laugh out loud irreverence which could have only been documented during the glorious 1970s.
Impulse Pictures presents Schoolgirl Report 11 in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio, together with well-translated English subtitles. The company’s continues string of quality transfers continues here, with nicely saturated colors and clear sound which is readily apparent, even as the Schulmadchen Report series itself becomes increasingly obscure and challenging source to mine. As such, Impulse should be commended for sticking to its guns and releasing the series with the same manner of care from first disc to last.