Written by: George Pacheco on March 19th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, February, 1978
Director: Walter Boos
Writer: Gunther Heller
Cast: Willy Adler, Ulrich Beiger, Sascha Atzenbeck
DVD Release Date: March 11th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono German
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
The late entry in Germany’s infamous Schulmadchen Report (Schoolgirl Report) series of sexploitation films runs a fine line between dark, serious subject matter and the sort of light, nudity-filled copulation congress which characterized most of the series entries.
Indeed, there is little here which mimics the faux documentary sentiment so integral to the early Schulmadchen series, with this twelfth volume utilizing instead a wrap around story involving a university paper discussing gender roles in German society. This discussion leads to the students reading aloud letters from their readership, each of which then segues into a new vignette, the main claim to fame for the Schoolgirl Report films.
The most successful of these vignettes is the story of Etta, a young nymphomaniac with a maladjusted home life who falls into a life of prostitution and drug addiction. This tale-besides being the most sexually explicit-arrives with the most arresting visual imagery and darkest plot line, perhaps rivaled only by the film’s opening vignette, that of a young girl’s incestuous desire for her brother.
Granted, these plot lines are quite salacious and sleazy, yet this Schulmadchen entry from Walter Boos-a veteran of the series-fails to get the blood boiling in any manner unique or superior to selections which came before it, seeming disjointed and disinterested almost from the beginning. Of course, it goes to make sense that the Schoolgirl Report would naturally be losing steam at this point in the late seventies: hardcore pornography was already a major player in the exploitation world, and these German sex films seemed cute and antiquated in comparison.
This is the inherent charm behind the Schoolgirl Report series as a whole, of course, yet something about this twelfth volume seems to be amiss; it’s neither as sexually provocative nor as kitschy or humorous as its predecessors, perhaps conceding that the time had come to put this landmark German series out to pasture.
Impulse Pictures presents Schoolgirl Report 12 in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Time hasn’t exactly been as kind to this twelfth volume compared to previous Impulse DVD releases, with the print used here showcasing numerous instances of dirt, dust and even some slight jumps. None of this detracts from the overall enjoyment, however, particularly considering the scarcity of these latter day Schulmadchen entries. Sound and subtitles are fine and error free, and-as has been the case with all prior Impulse DVD releases from the series-there are no extras to be found, resulting in a bare bones, but serviceable release from Impulse Pictures.