Thursday, 1 June 2017
First viewed : 9 September 1984
Here's another that slipped through the net earlier. Lace was a two part adaptation of Shirley Conran's bestseller. It was necessarily bowdlerised , the Arab prince's penchant for slipping goldfish into intimate places had to be jettisoned for instance. The story is utter hokum, three schoolgirls ( played by overaged actresses ) at a Swiss finishing school in 1960 have illicit liaisons with older men and one gets pregnant. They assume joint responsibility for this and drop the baby girl, Lilli, in for adoption. The adoptive parents are killed in Hungary and the six year old girl goes into a Hungarian work camp ( in 1966 ? really ? ) . She eventually escapes and goes to Paris where she works her way up from whore to film star remarkably quickly then calls the three successful career women together to pose the infamous question "Which one of you bitches is my mother ?"
A young Phoebe Cates played Lilli and certainly looked the part but was in trouble the moment she opened her mouth. The three women Brooke Adams, Bess Armstrong and Arielle Dombasie were better but only by comparison. Slumming Brits in it included Nikolas Grace, Leigh Lawson, Trevor Eve and Annette Badland.