Joseph W. Sarno – All the Sins of Sodom [+Extras] (1968)
“If you’re looking for an example of a cinema artist who has carved out a unique niche and made films with integrity, Joe Sarno is your guy. During the ‘60s, when most exhibitors and distributors would have been perfectly happy with an hour and a half of naked flesh followed by a “The End” card, Sarno had begun making daring, challenging films that were much, much better than they needed to be. A psychology major in college, he directed erotic movies with strong moral and archetypal underpinnings. His films are full of mind games, secret rituals, role playing, masks and strong, often dominant female characters.
Thought lost for many years, Joe Sarno’s ALL THE SINS OF SODOM is back, and playing in front of an audience for the first time in over 30 years. Sarno’s genius is that he builds realistic situations stealthily. The cheap sets may lull the viewer into thinking he’s watching just another dodgy sex movie but as the narrative progresses, the situations become not only realistic but universal and mythological. Not only do you care about the characters. You are the characters. I know it sounds like I’m enthusing too much but seriously, be here. See it for yourself.” ~ Lars, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema website
Henning is a fashion photographer driven by visions of artistic glory. He is encouraged by a literary agent to produce a volume of erotic nudes and works to create the perfect layout with his favorite model, Leslie. All seems to be going well until the mysterious Joyce appears; dark and sensual, Joyce plays games with the photographer’s ego, driving a wedge between Henning and Leslie and seducing one of his other models. Blinded by his own ambitions, Henning is unable to see the ruinous web that Joyce is weaving…