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Vintage Erotica Anno 1920 (2006)

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19 remastered short films from the roaring twenties. As we enter the third millennium, we tend to believe that eroticism, and its cinema in particular, was born in the late 60's. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: October 16, 2006
While some may point to 1972's Deep Throat as the beginning of the porn era, this material has actually been around since the beginning of film. These short French films are the type of thing that your grandfather likely watched in the back of "specialty" bookstores and other places of ill repute, and although he'll probably deny ever stepping foot inside such establishments, the films were quite successful even back then. In tonight's feature, Cult Epics presents us with nineteen of these films presented over the course of almost two hours, films which feature the softcore, the hardcore, and even the animated origins of the billion-dollar business that few will admit to indulging in.

In the reviews that I write for this site, I normally try to tell you readers why you should or shouldn't check out the given movie, but I'm not going to do that here. This is because, quite simply, you get what you pay for with this purchase. Want to see vintage French erotica? That's really all you have to answer before deciding whether or not to add this to your collection, and I think that most of you readers will have made up your mind even before getting this far into the review. I can, however, point out what you'll get if you do decide to pick this one up, and that's exactly what I plan to do.

I'd seen a couple of stag loops prior to watching this feature, but the subject wasn't something that I was particularly knowledgeable about. With that in mind, I was quite shocked to see just how close the topics in here mirrored the porn of today. I expected to see brief glimpses of nudity here, maybe some blurry and barely-visible sex scenes, but what I actually wound up with was some hardcore stuff. Gangbangs, nuns, priests, lesbians, strap-on dildos, and yes, the obligatory cum shots are all included here, as well as a single animated feature that was actually quite hilarious. Cult Epics, the people responsible for putting together this films, have also put out discs chronicling the 30's, 40's, and 50's eras of porn, and I think that they should at least consider a disc featuring nothing but these animated clips; if this one was any indication, there's some damned good stuff to be seen.

These films are nearly a century old and likely weren't locked up in airtight vaults to preserve the filmstock, but what surprised me was the quality of the vast majority of the content found here. Sure, they've got some scratches and other assorted print damage, but for the most part, they look better than one would expect. Besides, I think watching these films in cleaned up and pristine versions would probably cause the content to lose some of its charm; after all, it wouldn't really seem too vintage if it looked like black and white versions of the stuff you can download off various P2P networks, now would it?

As mentioned at the beginning of this review, you've likely already made up your mind as to whether or not to check this one out. That's fine, as it certainly isn't for everyone. However, if you're interested in the subject matter, this is definitely a time capsule worth checking out for film historians and porn aficionados alike. 7/10.
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