Argentine Fire: Fuego and the Erotic Cinema of Armando Bo and Isabel Sarli
“She’s a woman on fire!” Fuego debuted on American screens at just the right time. It became the first film to receive an ‘M’ rating (the pre-‘X’) by the newly established MPAA ratings system. But this classic by director Armando Bo simultaneously fit into the genre of sexploitation films heating up screens at the time and stood out from amongst the rest. Deliriously melodramatic and wildly campy (it’s one of John Waters’ favs), Fuego, nonetheless, still startles with eye-popping boldness and an economy of filmmaking style that would influence later erotic filmmakers and actors. Lew Ojeda looks at the approaches taken by Bo and his gloriously photogenic star Isabel ‘Coca’ Sarli and how they differed from other nudie filmmakers including Russ Meyer.