Donna & Lisa

date 1969
by Larry Winters, director; Uta Erickson, actress
medium Poster

New York City was a very active location for sexploitation films in the 1960s. One of the most popular figures from the New York scene was Uta Erickson, an actress who starred in films for Michael and Robert Findlay (Kiss of Her Flesh), Doris Wishman (Love Toy), John Amero (Bacchanale), Barry Mahon (Sex Killer), and Joe Sarno (Passion in Hot Hollows). This Norwegian-descended beauty also starred in Larry Wintersí Donna and Lisa (1969). The poster for the film, in addition to sexy imagery, hints at the filmís lesbian-themed content with such taglines as "To them love was something different" and "Two women trapped in a manís world." The latter reflects a common theme among so-called "dykesploitation" film tag lines: lesbianism as a safe haven from menís cruelty.1 The third tag line, "Her bondage became her pleasure," pushes one step further, suggesting that viewers will not only see women making love; they also may witness some harder-edged BDSM scenes.

1 Olson, p. 37.