From the golden age of “adult” feature length films — which were actually shot on film — comes the Apr. 8 DVD debut from Vinegar Syndrome of a fully restored (from the original 35mm negatives), extended cut (“director’s cut”) of filmmaker Carlos Tobalina’s 1975 political seduction tale (think: Watergate), Marilyn and the Senator.
To put films of this era in context, you must see director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. It is a must-see for students of film. The transition from film to video and the implications that came with that transition are neatly chronicled.
The “porn” industry moved into the mainstream with the runaway success of Deep Throat in 1972 (but it was always there) and filmmakers working in the milieu shot on 35mm film and went beyond the “blue movies,” peaks and loops that defined the business over the years to include plot elements with some pretty descent technical support (lighting, sound, etc.).
Theatre chains exhibited these films (Pussycat Theaters for those who remember them in SoCal are a prime example), legal battles were fought, stars were born … and HIV/AIDS was not on anyone’s radar (yet). With the arrival of VHS, everything changed …
Marilyn and the Senator, starring William Margold and Nina Fause is one of these golden age “porn” treasures. An adult film with class … that may sound strange, but it is true. With video and the internet anyone can be a porn star these days, but 40 years ago it was a very different world.
Also on the Apr. 8 DVD release calendar from Vinegar Syndrome is the latest addition to its cultish “Drive-In Collection” series of double features — Drive In Collection: A Clockwork Blue/The Jekyll & Hyde Portfolio (two sexploitation classics from the early 1970s directed by Eric Jeffrey Haims) — plus director Eric Louzil’s 1987 women-in-prison thriller, Lust For Freedom, starring Melanie Coll.
Bonus features for film restoration of Lust For Freedom included a newly prepared video interview with legendary producer Lloyd Kaufman and commentary by director Eric Louzil (Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown, Night of the Beast, Silent Fury, etc.).
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