Since Impulse Pictures' release of SCHOOLGIRL REPORT Volume 1 in early 2007, fans of Swedish sex kitten Christina Lindberg have been waiting with baited breath for the release of Teil 4 of the Schulmädchen-Report series. While her appearance is limited to only one segment toward the feature's end, it is by far the film's wildest and most perverse. Sticking to the tried and true formula of faux-investigative journalism that captivated millions all over Germany, director Ernst Hofbauer's and writer Günther Heller's approach is reminiscent of a mondo film. A series of titillating vignettes centered around the notion that if parents had any clue as to the amoral activities that their daughters regularly partook, they would be driven into a deep depression.
The first tale involves a young girl who, having already repeated the grade once before, approaches her math teacher with a tantalizing proposition. Aware of his infatuation with her, she suggests a trade; her body for the answers to the big math test. A tempting offer, but if the professor is caught could, it could cost his tenure. The second sultry account centers on a repeat sexual offender who has been masquerading as a doctor. Passing himself off as a school physician, the older man is able to gain the trust of his prey, in this instance a stunning redhead, upon which he administers any number of unorthodox examinations. The idea of posing as a school doctor is so ingenious that a horny boyfriend tries the trick at his girlfriend's house, but finds more than he bargained for when the young girl’s father slips a disc. Next we are introduced to Caroline, adopted from Africa by parents who could not conceive on their own. She is constantly tormented and teased by her fellow classmates, jealous of her dark skin and the attention that it brings from the boys on campus. While showering after gym glass, Caroline is invited to a party after school, and while wearisome of such an invite from the same girls who mock her on a daily bases, she accepts hoping to finally fit in. However, upon her arrival she quickly discerns that the invitation was a set up. Jealous of the ebony beauty, her female contemporaries strip her bare and hold her down so that a trio of male classmates can have their way with her. Caroline’s only hope, her boyfriend Hans, unable to escort her to the party, arrives fashionably late just in time to witness the vile act and defend her honor.
The following segment finds Josef in desperate need of 1,300 marks in order to repair his father’s car, which he took without permission and wrecked. Quick to help a friend, Josef’s classmates pool their money at lunch, but barely have 100 marks combined. Brainstorming over ways to earn money, a small group of students decide to start prostituting, catering specifically to johns who favor young schoolgirls. Splitting the money equally, the group quickly begins to earn more than their weekly allowances but how long can a good think last before the wrong john discovers the students' decadent endeavor? The fifth story takes place at a park where a quartet of lovely ladies takes great pleasure in teasing an older gentleman ogling them from afar. Constantly having to jump into the cold water to “calm down”, the quirky chap is delighted when the four beauties decide to guide him into the nearby forest with every intention of getting back to nature. The amorous foursome was however unaware of Enrico’s (Rinaldo Talamonti) prowess, as the free spirited love-in quickly turns into a marathon.
Next we are introduced to Barbara (Christina Lindberg, THRILLER: THEY CALL HER ONE EYE), 16, who lives with her brother Wolfgang, 18 with their parents in a four bedroom house. For some unexplainable reason, the two siblings are forced to share a room, which proves tortuous for Barbara as her blossoming womanhood has her hormones in overdrive. The close living quarters have developed incestuous fantasies within Barbara who feels that her brother is overlooking her beauty for the harlots he frequently spends time with. While attending the same party one night, Barbara follows her brother into the bushes to spy on him while he has sex with another woman. Enticed by the carnal demonstration, Barbara begins to masturbate, exploring her body only feet away from her older sibling. Confused by her feelings and beset by her living arrangement, Barbara is tormented by dreams of her father touching her inappropriately and of nuns stripping bare before a firing squad (?). Confronting her brother with her feelings, Wolfgang is initially repulsed, but Barbara is as voluptuous as she is persistent and it isn't too long before Wolfgang’s will begins to break. The last story, about a young girl’s reluctance to surcome to the desires of her sex addicted boyfriend, is rather tame in comparison.
Having already graced fans with official U.S. releases of ANITA and MAID IN SWEDEN, Impulse Pictures' latest will no doubt be a welcomed addition to the libraries of the Lindberg faithful. While her segment is particularly depraved, her pouty face and buxom figure are in high form. While rather dark, the scene in which Christina strips bare to fondle herself while spying on her brother, taking place out in the wilderness at night, is nevertheless an image you won’t soon forget. The only element that ruins the piece in any fashion is obviously the incestuous overtones. Released in 1973 through Hemisphere Pictures as CAMPUS SWINGERS, with the tagline “The minors who major in love”, SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #4 has found its way stateside in a number of different incarnations, but almost always heavily edited. When I first saw Schulmädchen-Report Teil 4, it was on a German language bootleg that featured no subtitles. As I wrote my own dialogue, based on the film's proceedings, I assumed that Christina was playing a foreign exchange student, living in tight quarters with her host family’s son. A short while later when I read that the two where actually blood related it was a case in which ignorance would have truly been bliss. Nonetheless, the film in its complete form is a tantalizing and often hilarious experience, packed with nudity, rousing situations and more nudity.
Presented in an anamorphic transfer and letterboxed at 1.66:1, SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #4 feels tailor made to the raincoat crowd. Colors are smooth and fleshtones appear natural, there are however regular occurrences of grain and blemishes. Such flaws come and go and while you may notice one or two out of the corner of your eye, the abundance of female nudity quickly focuses your attention back on track. The original German language track is included and is damn near flawless, allowing Gert Wilden’s funky score to permeate throughout the film's filthy proceedings. Optional English subtitles can be toggled on or off and are clear and easy to read. As with previous SCHOOLGIRL REPORT releases from Impulse, there are no extras. While I would probably pass out holding by breath for a box set of all 13 Schulmädchen-Report films, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that other Lindberg titles, such as EXPONERAD and LIEBE IN 3 DIMENSIONEN will one day see official stateside releases. Impulse, I'm looking at you. (Jason McElreath)
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