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Various – Erotica 2022 (2020)

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Four Polish female filmmakers have partnered with four top female Polish authors on film project “Erotica 2022.”

The film is directed by Olga Chajdas, Katarzyna Adamik, Anna Kazejak and Anna Jadowska. The writers are Joanna Bator, Olga Tokarczuk, Gaja Grzegorzewska and Grażyna Plebanek.

In a statement, the filmmakers said: “In a world where women are products, motherhood is an obligation, sexuality is oppressed and men are as primal as ever, four female characters face the world of absurdity, sick encounters, lack of true emotions and loneliness. The film depicts a fake world – yet very believable.” Read More »

Various – Vintage Erotica Anno 1950 (2004)

VINTAGE EROTICA ANNO 1950
20 Years before the rise of 1970’s hardcore films in the U.S., the commercial pornography produced by the French unleashed a new era of Erotic Cinema.
Suddenly, unlike the common “stag” films of the time, scripts, multiple camera angles, and title credits were introduced into erotic productions.
These extended 15-minute films were intended for private viewing in the back rooms of stores, in homes, and at local brothels.The themes of many of these films were bondage and burlesque; images similar to those produced by Irving Klaw in the U.S. The main difference being that in France the filmmakers would show on-camera sex, and nudity. These films stand out, not only for being ahead of their time, but because they transcend the standards of much of what is being produced today. Read More »

Various – Hsi nou ai le aka Four Moods (King Hu et al) (1970)

Directors Hu, Li Hsing and Pai Ching-jui jointly produced “In Four Moods”, with Hu directing the second dazzling episode, “Anger” (1970). Thirteen years later, the three directed the trilogy “The Wheel of Life” (1983), focusing on three lives and three love affairs occurring at different times. Hu’s first episode, though short, was riveting.
“Zen and Sense in King Hu’s Films” Read More »

Various – Vintage Erotica Anno 1940 (2002)

Continuing its exploration of the weirdest moments of cinema, Cult Epics brings us Vintage Erotica anno 1940 (aka Les Archives d’Eden), a collection of French porn vignettes covering the early years of celluloid sex from 1900 to 1940. Read More »

Various – Les Films des maisons closes AKA The Films from Brothels (1925 – 1945)

The invention of censorship, which dates a few years later than the invention of cinema, pushed smutty films to go underground which is synonymous with total freedom, since banned, erotic films could become fully pornographic.

Banned but still produced, filmed and especially shown, these films are called “from brothels”, as some were shown in smoking and waiting rooms of brothels. It is there, or in private collections, that they went through the 20th century, waiting for the explosion of the 1970s — and the legalization of the pornographic genre. Read More »

Various – O. Henry’s Full House (1952)

Synopsis:
John Steinbeck introduces five of O. Henry’s most popular short stores in this anthology film. In “The Cop and the Anthem” a homeless alcoholic is increasingly frustrated in numerous attempts to get arrested and jailed for 90 days in a warm cell rather than face the rigors of a New York winter. In “The Clarion Call” a NYPD detective has a crisis of conscience when he is torn between his duty to arrest a childhood friend for a murder only he knows he committed and the debt of honor he still owes to him. In “The Last Leaf” a naive young girl is stricken with pneumonia after being seduced and jilted by venal actor. Read More »

Various – A Tale of Five Cities (1951)

Another early Gina Lollobrigida film, also featuring Marcello Mastroianni briefly!

IMDB wrote:
An Englishman has been working in the US so long he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. Because he talks like an American, the doctors repatriate him to the States where he is housed with a New York family. After the war they all travel throughout Europe, searching for the women he still remembers in the hope of restoring his lost memory. Read More »