Episode 37: Alvin Purple (1973) and Alvi ...

Episode 37: Alvin Purple (1973) and Alvin Rides Again (1974)

Feb 12, 2024

Strap in for a journey down memory lane as the ever-insightful Matt Fulton joins us to revisit the rollicking world of '70s Australian sex comedies. Together, we traverse the risqué landscape of "Alvin Purple" and its sequel "Alvin Rides Again," dissecting how these flicks navigated the era's sexual liberation while tickling the nation's funny bone. From the critical lashings to the box office success, we dissect the allure of Alvin's mishaps, examining the film’s cultural impact and their unique position in Aussie cinematic lore.

With a mischievous chuckle, Matt and I explore the first film's clever blend of humour and eroticism, orchestrated by the sharp-witted Tim Burstall. We ponder the satirical role reversal of the sexual chase and how it mirrored the period's changing attitudes towards women's liberation and sex therapy. As we crack open the darker tones of the sequel, we delve into the complex narrative choices that stirred entertainment and reflection during the transformative '70s.

Lastly, we can't help but let out a hearty laugh as we discuss the unexpected narrative acrobatics of "Alvin Rides Again." From sex comedy to action-packed pastiche, we marvel at the sequel's leap into Bond-esque territory, complete with rocket launchers and speedboat chases. It's a wild ride through some of the most iconic, albeit occasionally cringe-worthy, moments in Australian film history that will leave you both nostalgic and critically engaged. Join us for this cheeky trip down memory lane, where Aussie cinema once dared to bare with a confident swagger.

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