Lady in Cement, 1968, a sequel to Frank Sinatra’s Tony Rome, 1967, is classified as a Neo-Noir film. The primary Film Noir period was from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film Noir, french for “black film”, were stylish B-movie crime flicks that were often filmed at studios at night after the A-movies had finished filming for the day. Being low budget, they often reused A movie sets and filmed in shadows and fog so as not to reveal too much of their left-over sets and locations.
In the late 1960s the US Motion Picture Production Code was no longer enforced and you started to see limited nudity in Hollywood movies by 1968.
Lady in Cement is a perfect example of this as the movie opens with a drowned nude girl on the ocean floor. Raquel Welch avoids nudity but reveals her archetypal figure in bikini scenes.
While not a great movie, this film has the right elements of crime, private investigator, beautiful woman, treasure, and adventure. The concept is about as pulp novel-ish as you can get. A more compelling script and a lead actor like Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, or Paul Newman may have made this movie a classic.
The main reason not to miss this film is Raquel Welch. Raquel was the female sex symbol in the late sixties and throughout the 1970s. Women today have access to more sophisticated training facilities and fancier diets that affect superficial changes to fat and muscle but Raquel Welch show the importance of a great basic structure in the same way that 1950s Hercules actor Steve Reeves had a classic look whether he weighed 160 or 220 pounds. It is Built Report’s belief that the skeletal structure can be improved upon by functional training and more of a Gary Grey Functional Biomechanics approach. Bodybuilding in particular seems to be based on piling as much muscle as possible on whatever shitty structure you were born with in the hopes that eventually you’ll have enough muscle to cover up structural flaws. We want people to become acquainted with what a good natural female structure is instead of getting caught up in breast-implanted, overly-lean muscle women that the bodybuilding industry is still promoting although not as much as in the past. In the same way that make-up was created to cover up structural weaknesses by trying to make the eyes look more deep set or the cheekbones look more pronounced, with weight training alone, muscle is added instead of first addressing structural issues.
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