Friday, November 16, 2012
This was the first in a series of erotic films which were made possible by the increasingly liberal moral climate of the seventies and eighties and which enjoyed a success de scandale. The main character, Emmanuelle herself, is the attractive young wife of Jean, an older French diplomat in Bangkok, and the film chronicles her various sexual escapades. There is not, in fact, any real plot. Emmanuelle is seen having sex with her husband, with other men and, even more, with other women; lesbianism is, along with swimming, squash and cocktail parties, one of the main diversions of the bored ladies of Bangkok's French expatriate community.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
DVD Drive In:
After wowing the exploitation world with their super-duper special editions of Joe Sarno’s INGA, SEDUCTION OF INGA, SWEDISH WILDCATS, and the Marie Forsa trilogy VAMPIRE ECSTASY, BIBI, and BUTTERFLIES, RetroSeduction steps up to the plate with arguably their finest Sarno release to date, the official home video debut of ABIGAIL LESLEY IS BACK IN TOWN. Long thought lost and appearing on a handful of grey market lists, this unique feature was almost wiped completely off the face of the earth due to a distribution snafu by the notorious Allan Shackleton, ABIGAIL LESLEY is one of the crown jewels of Sarno’s career and is a must-own for any self-respecting DVD Drive-In reader.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
"If you’re looking for an example of a cinema artist who has carved out a unique niche and made films with integrity, Joe Sarno is your guy. During the ‘60s, when most exhibitors and distributors would have been perfectly happy with an hour and a half of naked flesh followed by a “The End” card, Sarno had begun making daring, challenging films that were much, much better than they needed to be. A psychology major in college, he directed erotic movies with strong moral and archetypal underpinnings. His films are full of mind games, secret rituals, role playing, masks and strong, often dominant female characters.
Marek is a 16-year-old from a provicial village who runs away to Prague when he begins to fail at school. He mugged shortly after arriving in the city and is rescued by Honza with the promise of work. Marek is taken to an apartment, drugged, and becomes a male prostitute. He is a bit smarter that his collegues and teams up with a friend, David, in order to go after bigger scores--to cash in and get out. They manage to stash away a bit of money, but when it comes time to return home, Marek loses his nerve and is soon back in the city.
Adapted from the controversial novel by J.G. Ballard, Crash will either repel or amaze you, with little or no room for a neutral reaction. The film is perfectly matched to the artistic and intellectual proclivities of director David Cronenberg, who has used the inspiration of Ballard's novel to create what critic Roger Ebert has described as "a dissection of the mechanics of pornography." Filmed with a metallic color scheme and a dominant tone of emotional detachment, the story focuses on a close-knit group of people who have developed a sexual fetish around the collision of automobiles. They use cars as a tool of arousal, in which orgasm is directly connected to death-defying temptations of fate at high speeds. Ballard wrote his book to illustrate the connections between sex and technology--the ultimate postmodern melding of flesh and machine--and Cronenberg takes this theme to the final frontier of sexual expression. Holly Hunter, James Spader, and Deborah Unger are utterly fearless in roles that few actors would dare to play, and their surrender to Cronenberg's vision makes Crash an utterly unique and challenging film experience.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
France, a reporter working from an international news agency, manages to be paid to visit all of Munich's massage parlors. He wants to find the whereabouts of Sonia, a personal masseuse with whom he experienced perfect bliss.
All of us Jess Franco fans know that he was a musician before being a filmmaker, yet we don't know much about his musical tastes. Jazz apart, what musical genre or what composers does he prefer?
The choice of using Franz Liszt's scores in some of his films could give us our first answer. Many Franco fans will remember the trumpet solo in the night-club where Miss Death performs her shows (MISS MUERTE, 1965): it's a transcription from Franz Liszt's Dream of Love No.3 in A Flat Major (as a matter of fact a nocturne), one of those piano "Love Melodies", once very popular, that all good-family ladies and girls liked to play in their houses. Franco has used this sentimental melody numerous times, in the most disparate transcriptions. It will be just the Dream of Love No.3, strummed by Lina Romay on a small piano, which will magically open a strong-box full of gold bars in the last scene of LA NOCHE DE LOS SEXOS ABIERTOS (1981).
“Here is my final point. About drugs, about alcohol, about pornography and smoking and everything else. What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, say, think, who I fuck, what I take into my body - as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet?” ~Bill Hicks
A nonsmoker is forced to find food, but for a smoker breakfast can be a cigarette and a cup of bad coffee. ~Brock Fiant
The Germans are the most philosophic people in the world, and the greatest smokers: now I trace their philosophy to their smoking. Smoking has a sedative effect upon the nerves, and enables a man to bear the sorrows of this life (of which every one has his share) not only decently, but dignifiedly. ~George Borrow
The opening narration proclaims that this film was shot entirely in Russia by the Russian underground who risked their lives by crossing borders to aid in the production of this fine film. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, of course. After that, a guy named Scott who is banging a chick in his bed goes back to the beginning to explain how he wound up in Moscow. We cut to his Seattle office where his editor is showing him a film about the political problems occurring in Soviet Russia. We then learn, through this film, about how pornography shot in underground studios is flourishing in the country and has reached even into the inner circles of the Kremlin where orgies are being carried out! Apparently the person behind all this is a Russian sex queen named Librianna who strikes against the commies at will. Our hero is sent to interview the mysterious Librianna, who we learn is a master of disguise, before the red soldiers hunt her down.
Indie Sex: Extremes - The most controversial sex scenes are the ones that really push the envelope - from Lolita to Secretary to Nine Songs. Indie Sex: Extremes explores everything from real sex on screen, S&M, fetish, and more. The films that are explored exemplify how cinema can be used to express the vast range of human sexuality.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr - Chroniques sexuelles d'une famille d'aujourd'hui AKA Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (2012)
After one of their sons gets caught filming himself masturbating in school, Claire, who never opened up the conversation of sex with her three children, decides to encourage them to explore their sexuality freely and openly.
"Tumbling Doll of Flesh" is a rather rare little movie.
The story is very simple: a woman is involved in the porn business, but wants to get out. The film crew has other plans for her, plans involving torture and mutilation.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Summary: What happens when the camera rolls in the bathrooms of three couples, the most private place imaginable? In Mustafa Altıoklar's movie, three couple's most intimate ups and downs of their relationships are laid bare.