Fortunately after the success of Deep Throat (one of the worst production of the seventies in my opinion) Gerard Damiano has decided to make more serious and interesting films like The Devil in Miss Jones and The Story of Joanna. This film is one of those quality productions, but unlike the two previously mentioned Portrait is a disappeared and forgotten film. What is difficult to understand because it is an high quality production (the best Damiano's film I saw so far) and the first film in the career of Jody Maxwell. The film is set in a psychiatrist's office where Miss Maxwell recounts her problems that seems to be a problem of multiple personalities at her therapist. The film focuses is the character of Jody Maxwell and all the other characters are faceless penises (if we except the comic interlude with Jamie Gillis, Alan Marlowe and Ginger Snaps). The first scene describes an obscene phone call she has received at her home an evening, a scene brilliantly made with the way reality and fiction has been mixed in it (with a bonus scene of urination coming out of nowhere), the musical choice and the facial performance of the caller (an actor I can not recognize). The comic interlude played like a silent film is a good distraction and once again Jamie Gillis shows what a great actor he is. The film ends on a disconcerting note because we are no longer sure whether Jody Maxwell really had a problem of multiple personalities or if she was playing from the start with the psychiatrist (another actor I do not recognize). Unfortunately the copy that I own is not that good, the image had a lot of damage (tracking lines, snow, fade to black,...) and the sound is really hard to hear, obviously I would appreciate to see a restored version of this film one day to really appreciate it in all its greatness.
The film isn't available, but if you want to know more about Jody Maxwell or order her book you can contact her at her website.