THREE JOSEPH W. SARNO CLASSICS AT FILM MOVEMENT PLUS
THIS FRIDAY, April 26, FILM MOVEMENT PLUS OPENS THE VAULTS OF JOSEPH W. SARNO, ONE OF THE LEGENDARY PIONEERS OF CELLULOID EROTICA, FOR STREAMING PREMIERES OF THREE CLASSICS:
“SIN IN THE SUBURBS”, “VIBRATIONS” and “PANDORA AND THE MAGIC BOX”
Commemorating the Passing of the Iconic Filmmaker, the Retrospective Also Features Other Sarno Classics as SIN YOU SINNERS, ALL THE SINS OF SODOM, VAMPIRE ECSTASY, and CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1975), as Well as the Documentary A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES
A pioneer of sexploitation cinema, American film director and screenwriter Joseph W. Sarno’s (1921-2010) prolific career spans the evolution of the genre. “One of the true pioneers of celluloid erotica,” he was also dubbed the “Chekov of soft-core” by The Village Voice and the “Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street”. And though he passed on April 26, 2010, thanks to Film Movement’s partnership with Film Media, a preservation and restoration company dedicated to outstanding independent cinema shot on film, new 2K theatrical masters have been created for the Joseph W. Sarno film library. For years, only poorly-preserved prints were available for retrospective screenings; now, cinema aficionados can screen Sarno’s classics, restored to a pristine state for optimal viewing.
To commemorate the legendary auteur who elevated erotica to an artform, Film Movement Plus opens the vaults for streaming premieres of three classics making their digital debuts: SIN IN THE SUBURBS, VIBRATIONS and PANDORA AND THE MAGIC BOX:
Sarno first explored the dark side of the American dream in his 1964 drama SIN IN THE SUBURBS, hailed by DVD Drive-In as “a ground-breaking masterpiece.” Audrey Campbell starred as Geraldine Lewis, a lonely housewife and mother who distracts herself with racy friends and a secret affair. Discovered in the arms of another man, Geraldine immerses herself in a secret sex club, only to make a shocking discovery!
In VIBRATIONS (1968), aspiring writer Barbara moves to Manhattan to jump-start her career and sex life, but ends up typing manuscripts. Alone at night, she listens to the sound of her sexy neighbor as she entertains herself and her friends with the aid of her vibrator. When her extroverted sister, Julie, comes to town, Barbara is forced to confront her repressed sexual desires. Another of Sarno’s early classics, DVD Drive-In calls VIBRATIONS “classy and sophisticated, beautifully shot…filled with wonderful performances and as sexy as hell.”
And, Sarno trades the steamy suburbs for ancient lands in PANDORA AND THE MAGIC BOX (1965). When King Minos discovers Theseus is on a mission to locate the rightful ruler of Greece, he sends his buxom servant Pandora to disrupt the search. Meanwhile, Zeus selects Theseus to protect a wooden box “full of trouble.” Add a handful of Amazons and one king in drag, and you have the screwball comedy that introduced sexploitation auteur Joe Sarno’s unique take on Yiddish Theater to the raincoat crowd.
For those looking to continue the Sarno Memorial Retrospective, look no further — along with the documentary, A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, a love story about Sarno and his loyal wife and collaborator Peggy that followed the 88-year old Joe struggling to get a new film project off the ground, sexploitation aficionados can stream SIN YOU SINNERS (1963), ALL THE SINS OF SODOM (1968), VAMPIRE ECSTASY (1973), and CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1975).
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