Unfortunately, the world of erotic cinema is quite often left behind as the bastardized stepchild of pornography. As long as they’ve been making films, they’ve been making erotic films. Films intended to stimulate or excite the viewer but at the same time, films that are a very important part of cinematic history, and are not to be discounted. They’re not all winners, but there certainly are some diamonds in the rough to be found. Real films with real characters and real stories to be told… not just sex for the sake of sex and more often than not little to no hardcore elements. One of the true classics of erotic cinema has finally surfaced on domestic DVD, The Story of O… let’s take a look. Continue reading
Luigi is engaged to Cinzia, he has a good job and his life runs quietly. But unexpectedly his cousin Sonia knocks at his door. She lived in Venezuela with her parents but they have disappeared and she came back to Italy. She is very young and beautiful and once she loved Luigi. What is he to do?
Vintage porn from the silent era in which the initiation of a neophyte into a satanic cult turns into an orgy.
Blonde (wigged) and beautiful New York City model Sharon Kent (who was also a favorite of Barry Mahon) stars as Ann, a lovely secretary whose life is perfect. Her best friend Babs (middle-aged and buxom Jackie Richards) works with her in a friendly office and her boyfriend Bob recently proposed to her. Her world comes crashing down around her, however, when a creepy bespectacled geek (Wishman regular Michael Alaimo) begins stalking her. Through a supernatural mishap (which is never explained, but who cares?), the stalker finds a blonde doll and a tacky ring in the garbage can and suddenly, everything he does to the doll, Ann can feel being done to her! As the loser whips, feels up, undresses and puts a cigarette out on the doll, Ann feels every bit of it, and begins to believe her mind is unraveling. Babs is too busy whoring it up with a foreign sleazeball (Buck Starr, of TOO MUCH, TOO OFTEN) and Bob is away on business. Can she escape this hell? Continue reading
Hisayasu Sato’s THE BEDROOM is a bold, yet flawed film which manages to create an utter sense of depersonalization and loneliness, while still telling a great story. The visuals are great; blue and red light coat the bodies of the comatose girls of The Sleeping Room while giant TVs with constant static decorate the background. Sato’s spare use of music also helps to create tension in the film; the soundtrack features immense buildup that never actually climax, keeping the viewer aurally on edge. Despite the fact that the film may seem confusing at first, if the viewer is willing to actively watch the film and engage with the way Sato is telling his story, the viewer will be rewarded at the end. Continue reading
Plot Outline: A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business. “Paprika” is the name given to her by the madam. Continue reading
Review from thefilmdb.co.uk
Q’ opens with a heavy dose of nudity – a shower scene shot from the neck down as multiple naked women engage in conversation. We don’t see their faces, just their bodies. Writer/director Laurent Bouhnik holds the shot long enough for the scene to evolve from titilation into something more, establishing leaders and followers of the group.
As the film progresses, more leaders and followers emerge to whom sex is seen as either a weapon/threat or a comfort/shield. Our throughline is a vivacious young, sexually dominant girl (Deborah Revy as Cecile) whose desire upturns the cast of characters.
Q’ uses unsimulated sex scenes to establish these powerful relationships. The images are both tasteful and resonant. The actors come across as brave and natural, but the script doesn’t offer enough solid material to sustain what we are seeing.
This is a curiously drawn and handsomely staged work, miles away from being another sleazy drama, but it’s a victim of its own fragmented narrative. Continue reading