Saturday, March 30, 2013

François Leterrier - Goodbye, Emmanuelle (1977)


Review from the IMDB page:
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Erotic and exotic film set in the Seychelles starring gorgeous Sylvia Kristel as 'Emmanuelle', the sexual adventuress.
When Emmanuelle's open marriage allows her to meet and fall in love with island visitor 'Peter' (Jean-Pierre Bouvier), she begins drifting away from her husband and into her new lover's arms. Things get complicated when Emmanuelle's husband objects and tries to separate the two causing them to fall deeper in love.
Very pretty film with breath-taking scenery and nice tropical music is one of the better 'Emmanuelle' offerings.
Beautifully directed by Francois Letterier.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Joel Seria - Mais ne nous delivrez pas du mal AKA: Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1970)


IMDB wrote:

Shocking and disturbing

This obscure French film, still unavailable in English, is a more fictionalized and much more exploitative version of the same real-life murder later covered in Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures". The two girls in this movie, however, are decidedly less sympathetic than the heroines of the later movie and they commit not only murder, but every form of religious sacrilege, as well as some unforgivable cruelty to some birds belonging to a poor, retarded handyman. It is thus pretty hard to feel much sympathy toward them (even if I could understand most of what they were saying).

The two girls are also decidedly younger than their juicy counterparts in "Heavenly Creatures" and the scenes of them prancing around in their underwear or one of the nymphets deliberately enticing a much older man and nearly being raped TWICE make for some decidedly uncomfortable viewing. To the movie's credit these scenes are obviously intended to shock and disturb much more than titillate (and anyone who finds themselves being turned on by them probably has a lot bigger problems than this movie). The ending is very memorable and truly shocking. I would kind of like to watch this movie with English or Spanish subtitles, but I'm not really sure I could sit through it again.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Barbet Schroeder - Maîtresse [+Extras] (1975)


Drifter Olivier (Gérard Depardieu) lands in Paris and partners up on a friend's home invasion. Ostensibly they're breaking into the vacant flat of a vacationing old lady, but in reality it's the kinky dungeon of a high-class dominatrix with a powerful client list. The bearish Depardieu falls for the lithe professional, blonde Ariane (Bulle Ogier) in a black bob wig and dressed in tight leather and latex, and soon moves into her handsome flat while she plies her trade downstairs. Barbet Schroeder's kinky little slice of sexual decadence is initially titillating and erotic, but soon turns grotesque. Ariane's clients desire her domination but only as contracted: They control their abuse. The romance becomes a warped mirror of her career, Ariane allowing Olivier the appearance of control as he slides behind the driver's seat of her car, but setting the parameters of his dominance. Easygoing Olivier soon begins to simmer with frustration and jealousy, unable to comprehend her twisted world of sexual deviance, and attempts to "save" her from her lifestyle. Schroeder pushes the portrayal of S&M and bondage to the limits with graphic scenes of pain, torment, and mutilation, presented with a bland detachment that makes them all the more uncomfortable to watch. He brings that same dispassionate attitude to the romance, which results in an uninvolving yet undeniably fascinating story of a quirky affair.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gilles Néret - Erotica Universalis (1994)

750 pages of fully illustrated Erotic Art, from the prehistory and ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages until the XIX and XX century, from the anonymous artists to some of the best artists of all times, like Rembrandt and Picasso, and many many more...The artistic quality of work varies a lot, but the excitement is always there, and the book fulfils all of the sexual categories, preferences, fantasies, etc. Taschen was the first to do it in a such a volume to bring the (mostly) unknown Erotic Art to the masses, at a very affordable price. A real revolution!

Radley Metzger - The Lickerish Quartet (1970)


Synopsis :
In their castle, a wealthy couple (Frank Wolff and Erika Remberg) watch a blue movie with their adult son, played by Paolo Turco. Later that evening at a local carnival, they spot a woman (Silvana Venturelli) who appears to be one of the performers in the film and decide to take her home with them. Although a subsequent viewing of the film calls the woman's identity into question, their house guest quickly succeeds in seducing the various members of the family, resulting in the revelation of certain facts, fears and desires.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Walerian Borowczyk - La marge aka The Margin (1976)


IMDb comments:

Walerian Borowczyk's Most Underrated Film

Borowczyk remains one of the least appreciated filmmakers of his era, inarguably an auteur, but one so erratic and unusual that he remains cherished only by a handful of critics for his early surrealist work and by cult movie devotees for his later, sexually-explicit films. While from the mid-seventies onward his films would range from the good (Behind Convent Walls, The Story of Sin) to the not-so-good (The Art of Love, Immoral Tales, etc), his film-making legacy rests with the bizarre La Bete, which unfortunately belongs to the latter category. However it is his early films (both animated and live action) that are undoubtedly Borowczyk's key works – Blanche, for instance, is one of the finest films ever made, while Goto the Island of Love is almost as good – and in many ways these films set up the themes that would be prevalent throughout much of his subsequent work, most importantly that sex is constantly linked with guilt, persecution and death.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Michael Coulter - A History of Sex (2003)


Andres Serrano is a New York photographer most famous for his controversial 1987 work Piss Christ.
This documentary explores the work and soul of this acclaimed artist & how he creates his haunting and explicit images. It takes us deep into Amsterdam and reveals the back drops Serrano uses for what is one of his most confronting and moving collection based on all aspects of sex

José Bénazeraf - Lady Winter Et La CIA AKA Mrs Winter's Lovers (1985)

Second part of the "Lady X" series by José Bénazeraf.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Eddy Saller - Monique, mein heißer Schoß (1981)


The beautiful Monique student plunges into erotic adventure rather than exert herself on campus, but when she seduces the son of her hostess, she is thrown out of her dorm room. Monique does not remain alone for long, she seduces erotic photographers in a meadow. But in the end wins the love and Monique returns to your first lover.

Eddy Saller - Liebe durch die Autotür (1973)


it is a sex comedy centered around cars.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Masuo Ikeda - Dedicato al mare Egeo AKA Dedicated to the Aegean Sea (1979)


imdb user wrote:
Now here's a real oddity : a one time only directorial effort from highly regarded Japanese author Masuo Ikeda, with Italian co-funding in order to sidestep strict as well as erratic Nipponese censorship laws (to little avail as it would turn out), shot superbly (by Mario Vulpiani who photographed the underrated giallo THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW and Stuart Gordon's delirious CASTLE FREAK) on the ever photogenic Greek isles. Protagonist is a handsome young artist named Nikos (Claudio Aliotti from Lucio Fulci's GHOSTS OF SODOM) who lives in a boarding house run by love-starved divorcée Elda (Olga Karlatos, Mrs. One Eye from Fulci's ZOMBI 2) and her retarded daughter who has a serious crush on the womanizing painter. This initially exploitable character is played surprisingly (and indelibly) well by teen actress Sandra Dobrigna - billed here as Sandra Dobri - who you may recall as the little girl from the opening scenes of THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE. Her mere presence in what is essentially a sex film (relax, she's nowhere to be seen once textile is shed) gives a disturbing edge to this hothouse melodrama. Well, Ikeda IS Japanese, after all. The film's most explicit (though not hardcore) scenes involve Nikos and a pair of Swedish tourists, smoldering brunette Stefania Casini (from Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA) and a glowingly youthful, soon to become porn icon Ilona Staller a.k.a. la Cicciolina herself ! These two exquisite women share the movie's single most memorable carnal encounter as they languidly make love in a very white bedroom setting as Nikos is forced to watch from the sidelines. Ennio Morricone's plaintive score adds just the right touch of melancholy and foreboding doom this somewhat overwrought but impossible to forget miniature Greek tragedy demands. Check it out if you can find it.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tatsumi Kumashiro - Akasen Tamanoi: Nukeraremasu AKA Street of Joy(1974)


It's the evening before the day all brothels must be shut-down, according to the new law, in 1958. At the Kofukuya's (literally, the house that sells happiness), five prostitutes decide to celebrate the day. Erotism, drama, and comedy mix as each hour, and a different event passes, in which all the women's stories come to the surface.

Enjoyable foray into the sex industry of 1950s Tokyo. Although it is usually classed as erotica, Street of Joy is largely character-driven, with some nice performances. It is a gently reflective, almost nostalgic film, showing the liaisons of prostitutes and clients with compassion. It holds back from judging the central characters and focuses instead on their individual drives and passions. There is a strong sense of family among the girls in the house, and it is through their eyes we view numerous male clients. At times poignant, often amusing, the film depicts a day in the life of the house - from opening to closing time - on the eve of the day brothels are to be outlawed in Japan.