Jérôme de Missolz – La mécanique des femmes AKA The Mechanics of Women (2000)

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The Mechanics of Women is based on the novel by Louis Calaferte and directed by Jerome De Missolz. It concerns one man’s obsession and one woman’s appetite, and the consequences of their ultimate meeting. A man is entering the final stages of a love affair. His girlfriend tells him a tale of a woman, lurking of the streets of Paris in a search of men to conquer. The man, obsessed with this image of the woman, embarks on a quest. He enters a series of brief sexual encounters in hopes of finding her. His mind flows between fantasy and reality as he relives a lifetime of hapless affairs and one-night stands. One night, he attends a party in the projects when he comes face-to-face with the object of his obsession…

Jerome de Missolz is a well-known documentary film -maker. He has also directed a number of television films on fashion, politics and social issues, including a potrait of Yves Saint-Laurent; < fascism: The Return >. < La Mecanique des Femmes > is his first feature. Continue reading

Roland Lethem – Le sexe enragé aka The Red Cunt (1970)

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This film was made in the 70’s, with Jean-Pierre Bouyxou. The superimpositions at the end are in some ways influenced by Etienne O’Leary’ stuff : Lethem didn’t saw the films, but Bouyxou was talking to him so much about these movies that if influenced him surely…

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Alex E. Goitein – Fringe Benefits (1974)

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Tighttwat Institute for Sexual Research, aka “Hard-on Heaven”, is where Dr. Cherrypopper gets sex readings from assistant Miss Motormouth. Their new client is impotent Harry Flattout. As a workplace sex pacifier, Harry pacified Ginny Pullertit and shy new worker Mary-Ann Lobglob, with assistance from Thunderfart, who moved on to passer-by Captain Sukatiddy. Harry got fired ganging up on Mr. Cockpul’s private secretary and lover, Elaine Ziptitz. Dr. Tighttwat takes her own advantage of Harry, supposedly ascertaining his case while really climaxing while remaining a virgin. Up next, Dr. Cherrypopper’s machine overloads when his assistant seduces him, and the assistant test drives Harry’s resulting permanent erection. Harry uses it to forcefully deflower Dr. Tighttwat, until she consents. So does Elaine Ziptitz, who reveals ending up enjoying their first encounter. Harry is re-hired as the boss realizes the importance of fringe benefits. Continue reading

Fred Halsted – LA Plays Itself (1972)

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L.A. Plays Itself begins as a mock-pastorale, with a steamy woodland encounter between a long-haired blonde guy and a hunky brunette whose face, typical of the director, we can barely discern. This extended hardcore sequence of outdoor sex gives way to images of bulldozers tearing down parts of the city; noisy, car-choked streets; and opportunistic encounters that occur both onscreen and on the audio track, the latter in the form of a conversation between a hayseed from Texas who’s just arrived in town and a predator who pretends to warn him of the dangers of the “big city” as a kind of nervous foreplay ritual. Halsted’s sex is sweaty and desperate, set against images of cruelty and destruction both in the bedrooms, bathhouses, and casual sexspaces where it occurs and in the grim, trashy world looming just outside. The sardonic commentaries of the director, who’s also usually a participant even when only seen in shadow, add unexpected touches of humanity.L.A. Plays Itself is a film of private rituals publicly exposed
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