Masuo Ikeda – Dedicato al mare Egeo AKA Dedicated to the Aegean Sea (1979)

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Now here’s a real oddity : a one time only directorial effort from highly regarded Japanese author Masuo Ikeda, with Italian co-funding in order to sidestep strict as well as erratic Nipponese censorship laws (to little avail as it would turn out), shot superbly (by Mario Vulpiani who photographed the underrated giallo THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW and Stuart Gordon’s delirious CASTLE FREAK) on the ever photogenic Greek isles. Protagonist is a handsome young artist named Nikos (Claudio Aliotti from Lucio Fulci’s GHOSTS OF SODOM) who lives in a boarding house run by love-starved divorcée Elda (Olga Karlatos, Mrs. One Eye from Fulci’s ZOMBI 2) and her retarded daughter who has a serious crush on the womanizing painter. This initially exploitable character is played surprisingly (and indelibly) well by teen actress Sandra Dobrigna – billed here as Sandra Dobri – who you may recall as the little girl from the opening scenes of THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE. Her mere presence in what is essentially a sex film (relax, she’s nowhere to be seen once textile is shed) gives a disturbing edge to this hothouse melodrama. Well, Ikeda IS Japanese, after all. The film’s most explicit (though not hardcore) scenes involve Nikos and a pair of Swedish tourists, smoldering brunette Stefania Casini (from Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA) and a glowingly youthful, soon to become porn icon Ilona Staller a.k.a. la Cicciolina herself ! These two exquisite women share the movie’s single most memorable carnal encounter as they languidly make love in a very white bedroom setting as Nikos is forced to watch from the sidelines. Ennio Morricone’s plaintive score adds just the right touch of melancholy and foreboding doom this somewhat overwrought but impossible to forget miniature Greek tragedy demands. Check it out if you can find it. Continue reading

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Akasen Tamanoi: Nukeraremasu AKA Street of Joy (1974)

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It’s the evening before the day all brothels must be shut-down, according to the new law, in 1958. At the Kofukuya’s (literally, the house that sells happiness), five prostitutes decide to celebrate the day. Erotism, drama, and comedy mix as each hour, and a different event passes, in which all the women’s stories come to the surface.

Enjoyable foray into the sex industry of 1950s Tokyo. Although it is usually classed as erotica, Street of Joy is largely character-driven, with some nice performances. It is a gently reflective, almost nostalgic film, showing the liaisons of prostitutes and clients with compassion. It holds back from judging the central characters and focuses instead on their individual drives and passions. There is a strong sense of family among the girls in the house, and it is through their eyes we view numerous male clients. At times poignant, often amusing, the film depicts a day in the life of the house – from opening to closing time – on the eve of the day brothels are to be outlawed in Japan. Continue reading

Claude Mulot – La Femme-Objet AKA Programmed for Pleasure (1980)

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Claude Mulot is a French director who also used the pseudonym Frederic Lansac for his erotic films. In 1969 he made an erotic horror feature entitled La Rose Ecorchée (The Blood Rose). In this film, the mad scientist was named Frederic Lansac, and he chose it for his pseudonym when he made the move to hardcore films.

Claude Mulot’s porno entries are eccentric. They feature elements of science fiction and what the French call the “fantastique”. –[Aug 2005]

Perhaps the best French erotic director, and that’s really saying something. He was a well respected serious director before becoming an adult film auteur, whose witty and inventive sex films like LE SEXE QUI PARLE, LES PETITE ECOLIERES and LA GRANDE BAISE put the competition to shame. Continue reading

Mitsuru Meike – Hatsujô kateikyôshi: sensei no aijiru AKA The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai (2003)

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A riotous amalgam of political satire, apocalyptic comedy and steamy erotica, The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is an insanely entertaining example of the Japanese pink film (pinku eiga) genre, a popular form of erotic softcore cinema. Titillation is, of course, a primary goal, but due to Japan’s censorship codes (no depiction of genitalia or penetration is allowed), creative storytelling is also important. When both factors are present, as in this memorably nutty offering, the result is particularly pleasurable. Sachiko Hanai (Emi Kuroda) is an escort who specializes in teacher-student scenarios (the film’s delightfully apposite original title is Horny Home Tutor: Teacher’s Love Juice). One day, after an energetic tutoring session, Sachiko adjourns to a nearby café. An argument between two men escalates, and she is shot between the eyes. Miraculously only dazed, she grabs a mysterious cylinder from the café floor, thus making off with a clone of George W. Bush’s finger. And then things get really weird. Sachiko discovers odd psychic abilities and begins imagining various theories of the universe and multivalent philosophical speculations, all to the throb of techno. While she pursues arcane poststrucuturalist knowledge—and has intellectual intercourse with a political philosopher—a consortium of bad guys chase her in the hopes of recovering the cylinder. Raunchy and hilarious in equal measures, with a dash of smart political commentary, Mitsuru Meike’s memorable feature will undoubtedly tickle you pink. Continue reading

Finn Karlsson – I Jomfruens tegn AKA Danish Pastries (1973)

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IMDb review:

I was exceedingly happy to be able to find this old gem. In the early 70s, there was brief window when porn was where many cinematic experiments were happening. Some of them actually had some promise for being important. Perhaps the oddest is the porn musical. This is the most interesting from a historical perspective.

You have to place yourself in the era: a huge percentage of the population believed that the world was in a time of change for the better and this change had something to do with the overlap of free sex, drugs, some astrological appropriateness and the end of war. At the same time, the American government was hammering back on all fronts, while the Dutch and Danish governments were seemingly alone in supporting all four. Continue reading

Tom Denucci & Johnny Legend – Young, Hot ‘N’ Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977)

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From imdb:
“The first porno rock and roll movie spoofing various teen action and drama flicks from the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s and set during a long night in the lives of a group of various people getting by during their night on the town. Among the people featured are Willy (Tony Conn), the local peeping tom; Babsy Beaudine (Christine Shaffer), a psycho-nymph whom escapes from a lunatic hospital and takes a high school professor hostage to make him her sex slave; Serena trying to go all the way with her boyfriend Johnny; two greasers, named Lumby and Whitney, trying to find fun, and encountering it as a local strip club run by gangster Rudy (Bernie Margulies); local stud Moby (John Holmes) having a swimming pool frolic with some female admirers; and the local radio DJ Mambo Reaves (Johnny Legend) broadcasting his thoughts over the air.” Continue reading

Joe D’Amato – Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali AKA Emanuelle And The Last Cannibals (1977)

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One of director Joe D’Amato’s best in the Emanuelle series. This film tells the story of photo-journalist (Laura Gemser) who runs into the cannibal proclivities of an Amazon tribe. After viewing documentary footage of cannibals torturing, executing and devouring their enemies, she apparently still wants to learn about such behavior firsthand and journeys down the Amazon with a research team to find the tribe in question. Naturally, the entire group falls into the cannibals’ clutches, leading to endless messy scenes of people being carved up, impaled, disemboweled, split in half and (of course) eaten. Continue reading

Jesus Franco – Die Marquise von Sade AKA Doriana Grey (1976)

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A fairy tale castle out of a medieval woodcut towers over the dense jungle. Doriana Grey (Lina Romay) walks on a lonely path through the thick undergrowth after another night of sex and death. Dressed in her usual wardrobe of nothing but a revealing, hot pink gown, Doriana is as evanescent a presence as her clothing. The cries of strange birds seem to guide her back to her elaborate abode. One of the wealthiest women in the world, Doriana lives in an isolated dimension beyond realistic time and space. Psychically linked with her twin sister, who now resides in the asylum for the sexually disturbed of Dr Orlof (Ronald Weiss), Doriana is actually a female vampire who sucks the vital sexual and life energies out of her victims. Each of her erotic assignations with the rich and famous leaves another corpse on a trail of unsolved murders. Or are they murders? Doriana is a self destructive entity living on the edge of conventional consciousness. Continue reading

Roy Stuart – Glimpse 1 (1990 – 2008)

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The new Glimpse Video is unlike anything Roy’s done before, unlike any porn video ever, in fact. After viewing its unprecedented two hours and 20 minutes I called Roy and told him he should be entering this in film festivals because he’s done what so many have attempted and failed to do.
The New Glimpse Video is an exquisitely photographed experimental film with an eclectic sound track. It has been filmed and mastered using digital video equipment for superior image and sound quality. There are more than 30 women in over 40 separate scenes. The women are very real, right down to their abundant bushes, wet red pussies and lovely natural breasts, without being the tired housewives we’ve come to associate with American all-natural sex tapes. The women on this tape are truly beautiful, many European fashion models, often quite young, and yet they’re engaging in acts usually reserved for the coarsest old pros. Continue reading

Roy Stuart – Glimpse 3 (1990 – 2008)

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‘Tenderness’, to the astonishment of High Court judges and some others, was D.H. Lawrence’s working title for what became ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’. Lawrence perceived a ‘taboo on tenderness’ in his time, and it’s apparent that the West has nowhere near cracked that taboo even today, eight patchily ‘liberated’ decades later. Enter Roy Stuart with Glimpse 3, the third in his richly packed series of probingly erotic videos. Whilst every sizeable episode in no’s 1 and 2 has, for the alert, its quotient or infusion of tenderness, only a minority of Stuart’s viewers/voyeurs may spot it amid the intense provocation – of mind as much as groin — of the so-much that can be found going on in them.nnThe first six minutes of Glimpse 3 give flashing hints of the kind of whirling whole we’ve already had to thank Roy Stuart for, albeit there happen to be no male-female conjunctions shown (fear not, we shall encounter them aplenty, since there’s some 140 minutes on this disc). But the accomplished Anna Bielska, who can look any age from 13 to 23, is there dancing, now clothed now naked, in parks and alleys of Rome. Then a sternly entrancing brunette, legs wide-spread on a gilt chair, holds knickers (whose?) aloft; soon she will be near-naked on the carpet, beginning a magical self-caressing journey. Continue reading

Roy Stuart – Glimpse 2 (1990 – 2008)

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American photographer Roy Stuart has carved out a most interesting niche for himself in Paris, creating elaborate erotic scenes for his two excellent books for the German publisher Taschen and the American magazine Leg Show.
In addition, Stuart captures these photoshoots on videotape for a series he calls New Glimpse. At $120 each these tapes are not cheap. But weighing in at 2.5 hours each, they are something special, marathon-length demonstrations that Stuart is a true master of the masturbatory male vignette. He has the talent and vision to take all the familiar elements and make them original and arousing. Continue reading

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