While vacationing in Greece with her second husband, Louis Silverman (although she wasn’t all that keen in taking his surname in marriage, director DORIS WISHMAN was more than happy to add her hubby’s handle to her ever-expanding list of pseudonyms), Wishman stumbled upon a small-time film company in desperate need of funds, ultimately returning home with the rights to The Hot Month of August and Passion Fever – purloining both productions for less than $4000. En route back to New York, Doris absentmindedly left her briefcase containing both August and Fever’s translated scripts on a train, forcing her to rewrite the narratives from scratch while overdubbing the original dialogue (a prevalent practice throughout her entire career). Continue reading
In th e Realm of Sex is a 1977 Roman Porno film directed by Masaru Konuma and starring Natsuko Yashiro and Asami Ogawa. It is a comedy satirizing the Roman Porno genre, and the Office Lady Journal series in particular. Naomi Tani and Yuko Katagiri appear as themselves in the film, making fun of their on-screen personas. Continue reading
Critical Appraisal (From Wiki)
Midnight Eye’s review of A Woman Called Sada Abe compares it to In the Realm of the Senses, notes, “Aside from being less sexually explicit, it is also smaller scale, more intimate, more cinematically stylised and arguably more erotic.”
A Woman Called Sada Abe is generally considered one of Nikkatsu’s five best Roman porno films. Many Japanese critics consider it to be superior to Oshima’s internationally better-known In the Realm of the Senses, and Junko Miyashita is called a more realistic Sada Abe than Eiko Matsuda. Miyashita’s performance in the film has been judged one of the best of her career, and the film has been called director Tanaka’s masterpiece. Continue reading
Three episodes from three Baltic nations, all about lost love. In Estonia a political prisoner is set free. Meanwhile his best friend had stolen his girl and now defends his political cowardice: “Some of us must be left outside the prisons to pursue the political fight.” – In Latvia a Russian soldier has a Latvian girlfriend. Her Latvian friends accept her boyfriend. But his two closest soldier friends beat him up, tear the clothes of his girl and threaten to rape her. The loving couple understands that they cannot continue their relationship. – In Lithuania a priest student and an Estonian stripper fall in deep love. The student’s uncle is an enlightened priest who says: “I bless you whatever road you choose to go.” The couple sleep together and agree to meet at the railway station the next morning and go to Estonia. But when the student comes home his uncle has died… (written by Max Scharnberg) Continue reading
At 25, Helena (Mimsy Farmer) is “middle-aged” for a prostitute. When 15-year-old Julien’s callow friends try to pick her up (not knowing that she is a prostitute), she allows Julien (Pascal Sellier) to win her favors. Something about him appeals to her, and she sees him from time to time. Bespelled by his first sexual and romantic experiences with her, he is at first blind to the nature of her profession but gradually understands it. Meanwhile, she has come to care for the boy more than she planned to, and to keep from causing him further harm, she breaks off with him. Even though Julien is devastated, his father, an understanding man, is able to help.
Historical drama around the sexual exploits of the young Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Alexander Borgia and sister of the infamous Cesare Borgia.
Simonetta Stefanelli stars as the ruthless Lucrezia Borgia in Luciano Ercoli’s take on the Borgia family. In the early 16th century, Italy is ruled by the powerful Borgia family, led by Cesar Borgia and his sister Lucrezia (Martine Carol). In a ruthless power play, Cesare plots to have his sister’s husband murdered.
But without her brother’s knowledge, Lucretia has taken a strong lover who will challenge the Borgias, but Cesar’s love for his sister will once again lead to the demise of Lucrezia’s lover and unite the 2 siblings in an incestuous relationship. Continue reading
Quote:Four days’ captivity in a Tragic Holy Week, when the regime received Pope John Paul II and the radio and televisión recounted and showed how Videla ate his wafer and tríed to purge his sins. In the meantime, in the clandestine cells, thousands were being tortured and killed. This film is the catalog of the perceptions, memories, delirium, physical condiiion of a prísoner at the most horrible moments of his confinement: dead times dragging on in between torture sessions. The time when he realizes that he has a body made offragments. There maynot be in all Argentine cinema history, such a detailed exploration of the qualities and powers that a body may engender. Continue reading