Friday, January 23, 2009

Cinema Friday - The Roots Of Heaven (1958)


Friedrich von Ledebur turns Jaqueline Fogt over his knee and hand spanks her. The spanking is mostly off screen and you only see his or her head. With a very brief shot of her dress being lifted up. Take note of Jaqueline Fogt name, for in every list of spanking in the movies and who's in the Roots Of Heaven, she gets no mention. The only reference to who she is, is here and in Chross's Database.

The Above Corner Card Of Friedrich von Ledebur spanking Jaqueline Fogt From A Medium Range Does Not Exsist In The Movie. You Never See This Scene In The Spanking. It Is Obvious A Set Up Piece To Tell The Hays Office That It Was Not On The Bare.

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In Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa, idealist Morel (Trevor Howard) launches a one-man campaign to preserve the African elephant from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining 'Roots Of Heaven.' At first, he finds only support from Minna (Juliette Gréco), hostess of the town's only night club, who is in love with him, and a derelict ex-British Army Major Forsythe (Errol Flynn).

A final condemnation of violence and intolerance through the story of Morel's adventures. Morel lives in Africa and cannot stand the massacre of the elephants. He starts to fight to banish this hunt and to awake the world's consciousness. As he starts, nobody supports him, but thanks to American reporter Sedgwick (Orson Welles), he becomes famous. Some people come to help him, others try to use him

Abe Fields (Eddie Albert), who is sent to do a picture story on Morel and stays on to follow his ideals; Saint Denis (Paul Lukas), a government aide ordered to stop Morel; Orsini (Herbert Lom), a professional ivory hunter whose vested interests aren't the same as Morel's; and Waitari (Edric Connor), leader of a Pan-African movement who follows Morel only for the personal good it will do his own campaign.

To stop the hunting of the magnificent elephants he shoots buckshot into the hunter’s backsides. Except for the lady big game hunter, because of his cavalry he can't shoot her, even with buckshot. So instead he has come up with another punishment. He has her publically spanked.

In his small, but forceful, band are a couple of weird-beards from the far intellectual fringe and a violent pan-African organizer, Waitari, whom (Edric Connor) plays. (The latter is against killing elephants only because he hopes to gain support for his political organization; he treacherously defects toward the end.)


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Romain Gary Bio

The Roots Of Heaven (1958) screen play by Romain Gary and Patrick Leigh-Fermor; based on the novel, Les racines du ciel, by Romain Gary; directed by John Huston; produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox.

William Holden
was on site to play Morel, but there were some difficulties and he left the production and Trevor Howard replaced him. Errol Flynn assumed top billing.

The film was made on location in Chad. The cast and crew suffered from the heat, malaria and other tropical diseases. Terrible heat and sickness took their toll on the cast and crew. The 130 people had 920 sick calls during the filming. It is the memories of the challenging location that Flynn mentions with affection in his memoirs My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1959).

My Scenario:

This scenario of the spanking scene in the movie 'Roots Of Heaven (1958), is one that wasn't in the movie, but one I'd like to have seen. It takes place after Friedrich von Ledebur turns Jaqueline Fogt over his knee and spanks her. It involves another of the party guest and her husband

Crack. "I'll never forgive you for this. Never. Never."

"Seven" Morel keeps counting each swat, as Peer Qvist continues to rythmatically tan Madame Orsini's bare backside.

Crack. "Ouch. Let me down."


Crack. "Ooowww. Orsini."

Poor Madame Orsini screams her head off for her husband to do something. He doesn't. As there is a man with a machine gun pointing it at his chest.


Crack. "OOOOOO. Stop it I tell you. OOOOOO."

Orsini tries to push the gun out of his chest but can't. He doesn't want to get shot.


Crack. "This is really awful."


Crack. "Ooowww. Ouch."


Morel turns and looks at Vickie Zeeander. "And now for the woman who was with her on her last big kill. I think she will be getting another twelve of the best, just like Madame Orsini just got."

Vickie steps behind her husband. "Oh god. Granger, do something. Her hand is over her backside. Tears in her eyes."

Peers lets Madame Orsini up off of his knee and with her dress still up above her waist, she runs from the room. Crying her eyes out.

Morel walks towards Vickie and her husband. Granger steps up to Morel and quietly says. "Morel. Don't do this. You owe me. I gave a lot of money to your foundation to help you. My wife didn't actually shoot any elephants with a gun. She was only there to photograph them."

Morel looks away thinking. "Morel I'll guarantee you that once my wife and I get home, I'll personally tan her ass. But I'm not going to let you do it here. You know me, I'm not that ass hole Orsini. I'll try to stop my wife’s humiliating beating and probably get shot for it. Do you really want that on your record."

Morel looks back at him. "Perhaps you're right Granger. But I'll send Minna around to witness it."

Morel looks around to the crowd. "Well I think that just about raps up tonight’s little bit of entertainment."

The elephant society leaves the party. Vickie walks up behind Granger and embraces his shoulders. "Oh than you. Thank you Granger. I'd just have died to be spanked like that."

Vickie doesn’t know that she'll get spanked once their home. The party goes go out to their cars and find that a tire on each car has been slashed to stop them from pursuing the party interlopers. Granger fixes his car tire, while Vickie sits on a nearby log.

Once home, Vickie gets out of the car and goes into the house, while Granger parks it in the barn.

Granger comes into the house and there's Vicky standing there buck naked. "Granger for saving me, this is yours tonight. Granger smiles. Then Vickie sees Minna come in behind Granger. Vickie quickly picks up her robe and puts in up in front of herself. "What's she doing here."

"Vickie my love. I want you to member that I love you very much and wouldn't do this unless I had to. But the only way I could get you out of being spanked in public was to promise to spank you myself."

He walks over to his wife. She backs up. Shaking her head no. "You get out of here."

Granger takes the robe from Vickie and she's now naked again. He lifts his wife up and sits down on the bed, turning her over his knee. "Graaaaanger. Please no."

He raises his hand in the air. Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch. Oh my god. This hurts so much." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch. Please stop this. It hurts." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch."

Without stopping Granger says. "I'm so sorry for this. But it has to be done."

Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch. Stop. Stop." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch."

Minna has left their house and is driven off by one of Morel's men.

Vickie is crying her eyes out. "Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo."

Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch."

It's the first time that her husband has ever struck her.

Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch."

Once the twelfth and final cut has been administered, Granger stops and Vickie lays there crying. After a few minutes she gets up and sits on his lap and cries. He rubs her back. "I'm so sorry I had to do that. But it was either me or that man. I had to do it."

"Yes I know. I forgive you." She cries long and hard.


sixofthebest said...

In my opinion, it is one of the greatest spanking scene's in any spanking movie, that has been made. The humiliation of Madame Orsini, getting a bare bottom spanking amongst her sophisticated friends is pure sexual erotics. Bravo. well done. Thank you Romain Gary.

Katerine Gilhooley McClintock said...

This is an awesome spanking scene because it takes place in the mind of the viewer. You never see Madame Orsini's bottom bared or actually spanked on screen, yet it is "obvious" what is happening. This arrogant, spoiled aristocrat is receiving the ultimate humiliating public comeuppance on her own turf, before her husband, friends and peers (many of whom seem to be enjoying seeing her punished in such an embarrassing manner). If she wasn't such a spoiled brat, you could almost feel sympathy for her.