Erotica

Catherine Breillat – Romance (1999)

Although deeply in love with her boyfriend – and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him – a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations…

Senses of Cinema wrote:

“But it was with the release of Romance in 1999 that Breillat would face censorship internationally, when the film was either banned altogether in some countries, or given an X rating. It was a situation Breillat spoke out about when she declared that, “censorship was a male preoccupation, and that the X certificate was linked to the X chromosome.” Breillat’s statement was echoed in the French poster for the film, which features a naked woman with her hand between her legs. A large red X is printed across the image, thus revealing the source of the trouble: a woman in touch with her own sense of sexual pleasure. Read More »

Joe D’Amato – Follie di notte (1978)

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Given Joe D’Amato’s prodigious work-rate and his willingness to engage with just about any filone, it comes as little surprise that he should have made a mondo film, Follie di Notte.

The closest points of comparison are probably the two Jimmy Matheus / Bruno Mattei entries hosted by Laura Gemser and released about the same time, Le Notti porno nel mondo and the self-explanatory Emanuelle e le porno notti nel mondo n. 2, the latter co-scripted by Mattei and D’Amato. Read More »

Marcus Baldini – Bruna Surfistinha (2011)

Rachel is a girl, adopted by an upper middle class family, who rebelled at 17 and left her family and studies at a traditional college in Sao Paulo to become a call girl. Shortly after starting work, she decided to write a blog about her experiences. Since some clients thought she looked like a surfer she adopted the name “Surfistinha” which means little surfer girl. This blog became a sensation, and quickly became one of the most popular blogs in Brazil. Becoming famous, her life changed significantly. She went on to be interviewed on Brazilian talk shows similar to Oprah and David Letterman, all the while continuing her blog about her racy exploits. She wrote a book about these experiences “O Doce Veneno” (Sweet sting of the scorpion). Read More »

Carlos Tobalina – Champagne Orgy (1978)

After a long day’s shoot, Carlos Tobalina invites his friends over for a champagne party, only to find them engaged in the most extensive orgy ever photographed. Read More »

Bob Chinn – California Gigolo (1979)

A hustler tries to make a living by seducing various wealthy women and showing them a good time. Read More »

Paul Vecchiali – Change pas de main AKA Don’t Change Hands (1975)

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Experimental film mixes genres, styles and even XXX vs. soft-core

Paul Vecchiali’s work is an acquired taste, as he is a filmmaker who marches to the beat of his own drum, never fashionable or popular. Produced by a famous pornographer of the day (Jean-Francois Davy of “Exhibition” fame) it’s a rare mainstream (sort of) movie that carefully integrates explicit hardcore sex content into a strong story. Read More »

John Seeman – Blonds Have More Fun (1979)

A love potion sold at a health-food store, which was invented by a crafty con artist, causes the whole city of San Francisco to go sex crazy. Read More »