American Cultural History - Vintage Erotica  [DVD]
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There is still a school of thought that feels that too much importance is being given to pseudo-moralistic issues, and that the sexual impulse must be acknowledged and not repressed. The film clips on this highly interesting DVD, however, were obviously not made to further counter the spirit of Victorian Puritanism - their purpose was to entertain, and to cater to a ready market for erotic films. As such, it is fascinating to see how tastefully and artistically restrained some of them are. There is no denying a certain degree of amateurism and lack of directorial finesse, but we must keep in mind the age from which they hail - the 50s are now officially a historical era in film making. A2ZCDS has managed to compile a collection of short stag (men only) films that is an accurate cross-section of trends in erotica popular in that turbulent, formative period. The depicted female subjects are, to a greater extend, unquestionably sexy and refreshingly uninhibited.! ! Particularly impressive is the bold enactment of voyeuristic male fantasies in such clips as Co-ed Secrets, Peeping Toms and Fighten Femme, which manage to titillate without edging into the grossly obscene or offensive. Throughout, there is an underlying sense that more would be revealed if the director and his cameraman could get away with it. Other offerings like Stripper Scarlett Knight, Hot Number and Two Bells for Victoria are frank explorations of attractive female anatomy with few pretensions of artistic elements. All in all, this collection has both historic and fun value and explores an epoch of innocence in amateur filmmaking that will not repeat itself. For that reason alone, this is an interesting and valuable collectors item. Owing to the explicit nature of some of the content, it is advised that this DVD be used only by those of ages 18 and above.
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I got turned on by almost all of the tracks on the disk - which unlike modern erotica has girls with normal bodies (i.e. not super skinny) and leaves something to the imagination.
I was fascinated by how much pubic hair some of the girls had back then. If nothing else this DVD proves that feminine grooming habits have changed a good deal over time.
A quick note - these tracks are sexy, but not dirty.
If you know what I mean....
I'm so tired of things calling themselves "erotica" when they really mean "porn."
Real erotica is about sexiness and suggestion - not about seeing people nude and having sex. What I liked about these films - most of them are fairly short - is that they are sexy withotu being dirty.
I guess that because people in this time didn't see porn all around them they were able to get turned on by films that are nicely naughty.
The girls are very pretty even if the costumes are sometimes silly.
This DVD made me happy.