Claudio Bernabei & Joe D’Amato – Sesso acerbo (1981)

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Sasha Kramer (Roland Carey) and Helen Kramer (Pauline Teutscher) are a middle-aged couple who cannot have children but they still enjoy having sex with each other. When Sasha goes off to work Helen feels bored and lonely in their empty nest (house). Sasha suggests to Helen that she should take up a job to fill her lonely hours. In fact Sasha arranges for Helen to become a nanny (maid) to Madam Caracas teenage son named Alain (Giancarlo Zarillo). It being the summer school break Alain is all alone in his house when his mother Madam Caracas leaves for work. As Alains nanny Helen prepares his meals does his laundry and even tutors him in his school studies. Soon Alain becomes infatuated with Helen who in turn is fascinated with Alains youthfulness and virility. Helen and Alain become passionate lovers resulting in Helen becoming pregnant. Meanwhile on the other side of town Sasha is romancing Alains mother. It appears that all this is a set-up and Sasha has a hand in planning Helens pregnancy.
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Giorgio Grand & Paolo Test – Karin l’ingorda (1986)

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Karin Schubert in greed and Ecstasy – a stunning trip through the depths of sexual confusion – let you show off how passionate and uninhibited the porn – Diva from Italy their perverse desires satisfied. She gave up her career as a serious actress continued to live out of only their pleasure in front of the camera. Today, Karin is the much-admired diva of the porn film. It is appreciated by their fans up in the innermost of the labia and courted. She is the highest paid star of the adult movies. Continue reading

Antonio D’Agostino – La cerimonia dei sensi (1979)

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D’Agostino’s outrageous first movie recalls Pasolini’s Salò but he gives us his own personal vision, exploiting his skills as a former painter, creating a fiercely blasphemous work and taking us into a dreamlike journey (better, a journey fluctuating between a dream and a nightmare) through a mental universe where the subconscious of a young man, after a serious car accident, projects the victim while lying on a hospital bed. D’Agostino keeps on playing with what is real or not, showing obscene and provocative tableaux vivants, imbued with incredible religious and heretic strenght. It’s the journey of this young man as a reincarnation of Messiah, fighting against a totalitarian and fascist society. Soon he will become a danger to the political, legal or religious leaders, who obscenely conjure in order to keep on exercising repression, corruption and depravation on the people, while indulging in the worst orgiastic excesses. It looks like the reinterpretation of Bible and Christ’s martyrdom, transposed in the 70s, along with an up-to-date neofascist Salò or just where Pasolini’s teenagers would be the young people and the SS executioners and senior officials the leaders of modern Italy, in dirty collusion with Church and high classes.
Hence such a a strange and captivating movie, with an unrepeatable series of images and scenes each more and more extravagant, with sequences both grotesque and disgusting (scatophily, urophily, orgy, heresy, bestiality, violence), where our Christ is the link.
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Mauro Bolognini – La Storia vera della signora dalle camelie AKA The True Story of Camille (1981)

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At a stage performance of Alexandre Dumas fils’ celebrated novel Camille, an old man reflects on the events which provided the inspiration for the story. He is Plessis, the father of Alphonsine, a celebrated courtesan who died five years ago from tuberculosis.

A country girl, Alphonsine was sold by her father to a neighbour before escaping to Paris to make a living as a seamstress and prostitute. The wealthy Count Stackelberg adopts her after the death of his own daughter, and then she marries the Count Perregaux. When she separates from her husband, Alphonsine returns to Paris and resumes her career as a prostitute, in spite of her declining health.

This sumptuous period drama from acclaimed Italian director Mauro Bolognini recounts the life of Alphonsine Plessis, the famous Parisian prostitute who was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’ novel Camille and Guiseppi Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Isabelle Huppert plays the leading role with delicacy and sensitivity, portraying Alphonsine as a vulnerable waif-like character who is constantly tormented by her ill health and her voracious sexual appetite. (filmsdefrance.com)
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Bitto Albertini – Emanuelle nera AKA Black Emanuelle (1975)

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USER COMMENTS FROM IMDB:
A sexy photographer in Africa

Laura Gemser plays a magazine photographer who is sent to Africa for a photo shoot. There she is met by a couple and other swinging couples. They all stay at this huge, very touristy hotel with a gigantic swimming pool. One night they have a pool party complete with “real live” native dancers. It’s very un-politically correct and very kitschy. Later, Emanuelle finally has her photo shoot, which turns out to be in one of those drive-through, stay-in-your-car safaris (albeit the photography is gorgeous). Throughout the film, Emanuelle is going after every man she meets. The photography is very well done in this film. There are scenes with cascading waterfalls, galloping giraffes and ancient ruins. The film is worth seeing for the soundtrack by Nico Fidenco alone. Continue reading

Joe D’Amato – The Emporer Caligula: The Untold Story AKA Caligula 2 (1982)

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The deranged Roman emperor Gainus ‘Caligula’ (Little Boots) Caesar (12-41 A.D.) rules Rome with an iron fist and has anyone tortured and exectued for even the slightest insubordination. Mostly set during his last year of his reign, as Caligula loses support due to his brutal and crazed excess, a young Moor woman, named Miriam, becomes his lover while ploting to kill him to avenge the murder of a friend which Caligula was responsible for. But Miriam is torn between her personal vandeda against Caligula and her own personal feelings towards him despite his madness and debauched lifestyle of orgies and bloody torture murders. Written by Matthew Patay Continue reading

Renato Polselli – Rivelazioni Di Uno Psichiatra Sul Mondo Perverso Del Sesso AKA Revelations of a Psychiatrist in a World of Perverse Sex (1973)

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Very rare XXX mondo-style film in which a psychiatrist explains to his students several stories of sexual deviants. Each vignette begins with the doctor citing a fact-based newspaper/magazine story of abhorrent sexual behavior.
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Cult horror director Renato Polselli filmed this extremely sleazy mondo-style documentary under the pseudonym “Ralph Brown.” Isarco Ravaioli portrays a supposedly well-known sex researcher who lectures the audience on the theories of Freud and Krafft-Ebing while introducing fairly graphic depictions of orgies, rape, homosexuality, prostitution, transvestism, necrophilia, and even canine bestiality. Despite its laughable narration, this film is quite strong in tone, and is recommended for only the hardiest of viewers. Continue reading

Joe D’Amato – Eva nera aka Black Cobra Woman (1976)

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One of the first of many ‘unofficial’ entries into the Emanuelle/Black Emanuelle series has Indonesian beauty Laura Gemser as ‘Eva’ [sadly not as Emanuelle…this is an ‘unofficial’ entry after all] who by chance works as an exotic dancer/snake-charmer in South East Asia. It seems as though her slithery night-club gyrations have caught the eagle-eye of middle-age loner Judas [Jack Palance], a wealthy businessman/entrepeneur who has a bizarre, though dedicated interest in collecting deadly snakes. He extends a [very wealthy] hand of ‘friendship’ toward eva Eva in return for companionship. However, Judas’ jealous brother ‘Jules’ [played by that other D’Amato veteran Gabriele Tinti] has also become smitten…hell, infatuated with the sexy snake-charmer [who could blame him?]. Continue reading

Marco Ferreri – Liza AKA La Cagna [+Extra] (1972)

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This dark offbeat comedy from Marco Ferreri features Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. Mastroianni plays Giorgio, who lives on a island somewhere off the Mediterranean coast of France. He lives there with his dog, and the remains of an old German World War II airbase.

He earns his living drawing cartoons. Liza (Deneuve) swims to the island from a rich man’s yacht, and the yacht’s crew confirm the end of her relationship with the owner by bringing her luggage to the island. She and Giorgio meet and become involved. She is jealous of his relationship with the dog and kills her rival while assuming its duties: wearing a collar, fetching sticks, etc. Continue reading

Liliana Cavani – Interno Berlinese AKA The Berlin Affair (1985)

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In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador’s daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afterwards, the two women begin a passionate lesbian affair. This leads to a chain reaction of disaster and tragedy, culminating with the inevitable intervention of the Gestapo. Despite the film’s galloping sexual passions, The Berlin Affair is an exercise in aloofness, keeping the characters at arm’s length-surprising, considering that the director was Liliana Cavani, auteur of the erotic classic The Night Porter (1974). The film was based on The Buddhist Cross, a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Continue reading

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