Several years ago I was asked to review two erotic movies for a magazine put out by 

the owner of a corsetry store in San Francisco called Romantasy

Although I had certainly seen many x-rated movies before

I had never really 'considered' one and certainly never compared one erotic movie to another

I loved doing it.

Here is what I wrote

MOVIE REVIEW FOR ROMANTASY

To critique an X-Rated movie is similar to critiquing anything else. There are the same values of taste and aesthetic evaluation that are called forth from the reviewer. But since the reviewing of X-rated films has not been so widely and publicly exposed or even done, (as a R or PG movie) and since an X-Rated movie deals with aspects of life that only appear in the light of public scrutiny when there has been some kind of scandal or crime, or one is dealing with the issue of 'Pornography', one is driven to reach primarily into one's feeling for the discriminative voice. There is not much tradition here. I am reminded of the saying; Culture is what remains when you have forgotten everything you have learned. So here goes:
 
I was asked to review two movies, Desire, by Andrew Blake and Face Dance part-I with Rocco Siffredi and John Stagliano as Buttman. It was an particularly fortuitous combination of movies as you shall see, for the tone and feeling of each of these movies is so different and displays such a distinct picture of sexuality, that to tell about either one, necessitates the telling of the other.

 

In Desire, Andrew Blake has created a visual-musical and emotional fantasy world of stages and characters. Based loosely around the idea of an art dealer, played by Zara Whites, who visits and witnesses or gets subsequently engaged with various artists whose work she is interested in, there are a series of situations involving both men and women and women and women in various combinations. There are the usual come shots where the men pull out of the women and then ejaculate on them. But the whole movie lacks any real passion or feeling. Not that this is bad, it is just the style of the movie. The actors and actresses are all very attractive, the costumes are exquisite, there are beautiful stagings and sets, the music is tasteful and there is a sexy sounding woman's voice providing narrative and story with a dubbed in heavy breathing accompaniment. It is a combination of Las Vegas and Opera. One never gets the feeling that any of the actors are really turned on which is part of the very style of the presentation. (Whether they are or not is beyond the scope of this review.) But here lies the value of reviewing this particular movie along with Face Dance.

 

In Face Dance, directed by John Stagliano,  you have a sort of teenage enjoyment of sexuality. A sort of 'in your face let's try this' type of scenario staged without a whole lot of deep thinking. It is loosely arranged around the story of Dario (Rocco Siffredi), the Italian porno-movie star coming to America to see his friends and act in a flesh film. It has the teenage fascination with sexuality, coupled to a story and presentation that is without any of the high romance of Desire.  There is a gang bang and a group orgy that both have a great fascination, particularly because of the lack of direction of the actors. People are acting but there is a whole lot of realism going on as well for most of the actors. Rocco Siffredi, brings a genuine sincerity to his simple, handsome Italian guy who loves sex and worships women. He is a genuine jewel in the realm of porno flicks. Many of the women seem that they are trying porno acting for the first time. I found this to only add to the 'fresh' quality of the movie. The orgy scene, which has the well known director Bruce Seven as part of it's audience, has a real high school party feel to it as well as some of the awkwardness associated with that stage of life. In this movie, even though everybody is uninhibited relative to sexuality, there is that silly feeling of embarrassment akin to when you are called to put on a skit in front of an audience with only five minutes preparation. All of this, however, worked to the advantage of the film. 

 

If Desire is Las Vegas opera, this is teenage docudrama, what Buttman, John Stagliano excels at. You do believe and feel  the sensations in Face Dance , the sound track is real and the actors are engaging of each other and the audience. By the way, Face Dance received the best director, best cinematography and best sex scene award from Adult Video News.
 
As for which is better? That's like asking whether you want to go to an opera or an orgy? They each have their season.