The Sin Syndicate (1965)

Run Time - 65 min.  |  
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This exploitation film from cult director Michael Findlay attempts to cross the gangster and nudie genres with disappointing results. During a Senate investigation on organized crime, the life of Dolores (Yolanda Moreno) is revealed. Dolores is a Chinese-Hispanic stripper who went from being "the Contessa -- the toast of Havana" to being a Syndicate-owned prostitute. Findlay includes a great deal of stock footage of Cuban Revolutionary celebrations, Fidel Castro, and guerillas, shooting before Dolores leaves Cuba and become a "Zero Girl," so named because she has no future. Much belly-dancing and stripping follow, and future adult-film director Lem Amero is listed as "Choreographer." Eventually, more of Dolores' fellow Zero Girls are introduced through flashbacks, simulated lesbianism, and tedious background stories, as well as stock footage of World War II aerial bombings. None of it makes much sense, the dialogue is absolutely preposterous, and the tame sex scenes are made to seem as degrading as possible while showing virtually nothing. One mortifying rape scene seems endless with ludicrously phony slapping and dubbed screams which do not match the visuals. Flashbacks are nested two and three deep, the editing is dreadful, and while this is hardly the most outrageous film Findlay ever made, it is certainly the most confusing and unwatchable.

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escapades, gangster, investigation, lesbianism, sex, stripper