Erotica

Andrea Bianchi – Malabimba (1979)

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This movie works for two reasons. The first is the director Andreas Bianchi who, though far less prolific, was a lot like Spanish auteur Jesus Franco in his ability to take irredeemably sleazy material like this and make it somehow oddly watchable. Bianchi’s work includes “What the Peeper Saw” which offered the unusual pairing of Swedish sex kitten Britt Ekland and the kid from “Oliver”, scuzzy giallo favorite “Strip Nude for Your Killer” where the usually classy Edwige Fenech simulated both oral and anal sex (not surprisingly, it’s the only recent DVD release she hasn’t provided any commentary for), and his follow-up to this film “Burial Ground” again with Giordano who this time gets her latex nipple bitten off by a strange-looking dwarf who is supposed to be her zombified son. Read More »

Eberhard Kronhausen & Phyllis Kronhausen – Sex-cirkusse AKA The Hottest Show in Town (1974)

A circus on the brink of bankruptcy comes up with a new show mixing traditional circus acts with sex.

The directors Phyllis (1929-2012) and Eberhard Kronhausen (1915-2009) were a husband-and-wife team of sexologists, mainly active in the 1960s and 1970s. They wrote a number of books on sexuality and eroticism, made several films and amassed a collection of erotic art, which traveled around Europe in 1968 as the First International Exhibition of Erotic Art and then found a home in San Francisco as the Museum of Erotic Art. Read More »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Kurobara shôten AKA Black Rose Ascension (1975)

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This self-reflexive pinku eiga film may be to Nikkatsu softcore what Boogie Nights was to American hardcore. Shin Kishida stars as Juzo, a self-important pinku eiga director clearly modeled on Nagisa Oshima. Production is halted on his new film when lead actress Meiko is too obviously pregnant to film sex scenes. Looking for a replacement, he comes across the ubiquitous Naomi Tani, starring here in one of the rare roles which doesn’t require her to be bound with rope. Everything goes well until Tani starts a sex scene with Hajime Tanimoto, who got Meiko pregnant. Juzo realizes that he’s in love with his new starlet, so he cancels the film, marries Tani, and lives happily ever after. Read More »

François Jouffa & Francis Leroi – Sex et perestroïka (1990)

Five years after glasnost, morals in the Soviet Union have become a little lax. The traditional image of the woman as a strong labour force has “cracked” at the same time as the political structure of the country. Three young Soviet women encounter a French filmmaker who is planning the first erotic film since the October Revolution. Read More »

Jesús Franco – Downtown – Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt AKA Downtown [uncut] (1975)

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Somewhere in sunny Puerto Rico: private detective Al Pereira has seen far better days in his professional life. He would need more jobs, because his cash is almost empty. One day he meets the obscure, mysterious Cynthia, who promises a lucrative job. Pereira is supposed to oversee a notorious businessman and politician named Ramos, as Cynthia assumes that he is cheating on her, and Pereira is said to shoot proof-footage of strangers. An easy job, as Pereira seems, and he gets to work. But the lady who gave him the job seems to play a double game and pulls him into a murderous affair. In any case, Pereira one day finds Ramos dead and now has the police on his neck, which suspected him of killing the politician. Read More »

Lasse Braun – Bois de Boulogne (1973)

Citroën AK 400 unleashes the deepest longings of whomever comes in touch with it. Read More »

Just Jaeckin – Emmanuelle (1974)

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Emmanuelle is a beautiful young model and lives in Bangkok together with her husband Jean, who’s several years older. She likes him because he’s taught her much, and he likes her because she’s learning so well – and wants to often. Both are very tolerant in matters of extramarital affairs, so he doesn’t mind the young Marie-Ange coming over every so often, although she obviously wants more than talk from his wife. But Emmanuelle is more fascinated by the older Bee, and joins her on a trip into the jungle. Read More »