Cinema: Dermis, Anyone?

An Affair of the Skin just misses being a first-class parody of the foreign art films that inspired it. Purporting to show "the realism of grownup, contemporary sex" in America—not in England or France or Italy—Producer-Writer-Director Ben Maddow (The Savage Eye) serves up a mannered little pastiche of urban infidelities that is pure counterfeit. Husband Kevin McCarthy can't stand shrewish Wife Lee Grant, so he takes up with Model Viveca Lindfors, who is the mistress of his best friend Herbert Berghof. Rounding out the quintet, for no discernible reason except to exploit interracial...

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