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Extremes (1981): One of the First Examples of the “New Porn”

photo credit: Oregon State University

Extremes (Alan Vydra, 1981)

[note: review originally published 7May2011]

 

photo credit: cinemabluessensations.blogspot.com

You can see by the typeface how lavish this production was. (I can’t find a poster.)

For some odd reason, it seems from browsing through them in IMDB that most, if not all, of Czech-born porn director Alan Vydra’s movies got theatrical releases in, of all places, Portugal. I am befuddled by this, especially when there was so much quality seventies porn that could have been exported. Instead, Portugal wanted adult films, and we sent them… this?

Extremes, at one point in its development, did have a plot. I am certain of this, because pieces of it poked through every once in a while like springs on a battered couch; you’re sitting on it, you shift, and all the sudden there’s something poking you in the ass. (Which is an apt description of this movie in more ways than one.) It involves two guys who, on a lark, decide to become porn stars. I think. (One of them, amusingly, is Eric Edwards, who appeared earlier in his career in almost every film starring Rebecca Brooke, who appeared in another film reviewed in this issue, Les Mille et Une Perversions de Felicia (q.v.).) But by the time the movie got to theatres, plot had become a tertiary consideration at best; this is a precursor to the more “modern” style of porn film, which is basically a series of disconnected sex scenes meant to be watched five minutes at a time. I guess, if that’s what you’re going for, this is worth picking up, but if, like me, you watch golden-age porn looking for the qualities of filmmaking that have disappeared from the genre in the past twenty-five years, this is one to avoid. * ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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