Celebrating The Wild Career Of Teresa Ann Savoy!
As I continue through the new year, I am getting a lot of terrific suggestions for my countdown!
Fellow film fan Erik J Herrmann wanted me to look into the life and career of Teresa Ann Savoy, and it was a great idea, so let’s go!
Teresa Ann Savoy was born on July 18, 1955 in London, England.
She achieved fame early in in life, thanks to one of the most popular men’s magazines of the time.
Teresa was just 18 years old when she appeared in the Italian adult magazine Playmen in October 1973, under the alias “Terry”.
Apparently “Terry”, who fled from home at 16, was living in a hippie community in Sicily – and from this beginning she jumped into films – and what films they were!
In this provocative 1974 film, she played Clotide.
Here’s the lot: In order to convince a wealthy noble woman to finance his project for a holiday resort, a lawyer gets engaged to Clotilde, the woman’s mentally-disturbed and sex-obsessed adolescent daughter.
She also appeared in this erotic classic from 1976:
“Private Vices, Public Pleasures”
Here’s the plot synopsis from IMDB.com:
The setting is a Central European kingdom, near the turn of the century. Bored by his very proper wife, the youthful heir to the throne spends his time in amorous dalliances at a sprawling country estate.
A beautifully remastered special edition of this film was released a few years back, and I found it an interesting “art” film, while very graphic in its imagery…
Teresa Meets Tinto Brass!
In 1975, Savoy met the legendary Italian Director Tinto Brass when he cast her in his notorious film “Salon Kitty”.
Kitty runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to “relax”. Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official, who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself.
Teresa played a young BDM girl (League of German Maidens, a female Nazi youth organization) who becomes a spy and poses as a prostitute for the SS Nazi paramilitary organization.
This wildly provocative film had different posters and titles in various parts of the world, but the film packed the same power no matter the name – check out the trailer:
In 1979, Brass directed Savoy again as Drusilla in this controversial epic:
It was the X-rated shocker with the A-list cast!
Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren were just two of the big stars who appeared in the film! It details the graphic and shocking story of Rome’s most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.
Originally, Maria Schneider, known for her work in “Last Tango In Paris”, was cast as Caligula’s doomed sister Drusilla.
According to wikipedia, Schneider became uncomfortable with appearing nude and in sexual scenes, and Teresa replaced her.
Of course, a legendary Actress was also in this controversial film – click here to see all of Helen Mirren’s most notorious roles:
In the 80’s, Savoy was still a popular Model and she also transitioned into a lot of TV work, but didn’t make more cult films before retiring from the business.
Her provocative photos were gorgeously done, and she blazed a bright trail across the cult cinema sky to be sure…
Sadly, she died in 2017 at the age of 62 of cancer…
There have been many European Cult Movie Queens who worked with Tinto Brass, and here is one of my favorites:
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Categories: 70's Films, Artsploitation, Cult Classics, Euro-Sleaze, Exploitation Films, Extreme Cinema, Grindhouse, JRsploitation, Nudity, sex kittens, Sexploitation Films, Talent / Celebrites
Thank you, John Reiber.
One I know well this time. I saw Salon Kitty years ago, and have the ‘Special Edition’ (uncut) of Caligula on DVD! 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
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Why not do an article on Sylvia Koscina ? A lovely Croatian artiste in sword and sandal epics and more louche productions later in her career.
Thanks for the tip – will do the research!