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10 July 1974 (Denmark) See more »
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A documentary showing clips of stag films dating from 1915 to 1970. | Add synopsis »
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Candy Barr ... (segment "Smart Aleck!") (archive footage)

Tempest Storm ... (segment "Desert Dance") (archive footage)
Alex de Renzy ... Alex (uncredited)
Bonnie Holiday ... Herself - Interviewee (uncredited)

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Alex de Renzy 
 
Produced by
Alex de Renzy .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Jack Kerpan 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Gerber .... assistant director
 

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Also Known As:
"Anthologie du plaisir" - France
"Pornofilmens historie" - Denmark (imdb display title)
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116 min
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Netherlands:18 (original theatrical version) | USA:X

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
History is Made at Night, 11 September 2007
Author: Dries Vermeulen

This is clearly the best compilation of early "stag" footage, the only other one worthy of serious consideration being Bill Osco's Hollywood BLUE. It contains all those fabled favorites that once only saw the insides of brothels and affiliated "gentlemen's clubs" you may just have heard or read about.

The earliest American stag movie (or "smoker", as opposed to "loop", a term which did not enter common usage until the blue movie arcades and peep shows of the '60s) known to survive, A FREE RIDE a/k/a A GRASS SANDWICH (ca. 1915), still contains seriously steamy threesome action between two commendably eager females and one ready, willing and very able male.

The subsequent ON THE BEACH (a/k/a THE GOAT !) adds a remarkably thorough comedic plot to the pornographic proceedings. Excerpts from an explicit cartoon named BURIED TREASURE (possibly the work of the Fleischer brothers...) show a little guy getting into all sorts of increasingly surreal mischief courtesy of his unfeasibly large member.

You can file KEYHOLE PORTRAITS and snippets of '50s stripper reels under F for Filler. Far more interesting is the much discussed Candy Barr movie, SMART ALECK, which sees the stripper, who gained notoriety as the girlfriend of shady nightclub owner Jack Ruby (i.e. the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald who allegedly shot...well, you know that !), violently refusing to go down on her mate who's chomping at the bit. So a less appealing lady is drafted in to perform just that task with such vigor as to practically mesmerize - and indeed overshadow somewhat - this loop's central starlet.

The movie's true highlight is the legendary NUN'S STORY about a stunning Sister who sheds her habit to make genuinely passionate love with her Elvis-pompadoured boyfriend before re-donning the cloth at scene's end.

Now is as good a time as any to shed a little light - if any were needed - on the man responsible for this collection, the late great Alex DeRenzy. Prior to his emergence as one of the greatest erotic filmmakers of all time with classics like FEMMES DE SADE, BABY FACE and PRETTY PEACHES, his main claim to industry fame was as the proprietor of the Screening Room, one of San Francisco's pioneering (pre-Pussycat) porno palaces.

The latter part of HISTORY kind of belies its title by providing what was perceived at the time as mere publicity for its director's business and place thereof. Of course, nearly 4 decades later, it's easy to state that time has been kind to this particular section.

A massage parlor sequence, pre-figuring DeRenzy's early classic FANTASY GIRLS, has cute acting, copious nudity but no visible penetration as an inexperienced masseuse tries to fend off the amorous advances of her horny client. Beautiful Bonnie Holiday, a too frequently overlooked actress who was instrumental in bringing her goddess girlfriend Annette Haven into the industry, languidly responds to an unseen interviewer as she teasingly strips and pleasures herself in a wonderfully erotic segment.

The last scene has a young couple responding to a modeling ad and turning up at, you guessed it, the Screening Room for an artistically shot audition that already showcases embryonic versions of the type of visual effects DeRenzy was to refine in his later work.

All in all, an important excursion into porno's past and an eloquent charting of the genre's evolution (or lack thereof...) in terms of style and content. Serious students of sex cinema will probably benefit most from this hardcore history lesson though even the occasional porn hound who couldn't care less should find portions of it to his liking.

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