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Peter Balakoff (screenplay) &
Belinda Balakoff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 October 1979 (Japan) See more »
Is It Perversion or Is It Love? See more »
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  (in credits order)
Gena Lee ... Caroline
Peter Balakoff ... Paul (as Tovia Borodyn)
Diane Miller ... Lisa
Margaret Monroe ... Belinda

William Margold ... Peter
John Boland ... Bill
Ann Webster ... Nancy
Tomy ... Millie
Jana Knox ... Polly
Karla Garrett ... Jan
Hillary Scott ... Fran
Charles Gabriels ... Lew
Jacques Girard ... Fred
Robert Bullock ... Tom (as Richard Aaron)
Robert Monday ... Mark
Eileen Leese ... Helga
Carol Romo ... Margot
Mary Fraga ... Gloria
George K. Monagham ... Artist
Mickle Scott ... Director
Ron LaSauce ... Bruce
James Rain ... Hank
Kalifa ... Beth
Honey West ... Stripper
Bruce Allan Brown ... Comic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Hollyfield ... Publishing Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Balakoff 
Writing credits
Peter Balakoff (screenplay) &
Belinda Balakoff (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Balakoff .... producer
Alberto Fasana .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Ray Icely (director of photography) (as Roy Snowden)
Film Editing by
Peter Balakoff 
Art Direction by
Pierre Bardot 
Makeup Department
Carol Winick .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ray Icely .... post-production manager (as Roy Snowden)
Jean LeGrand .... production manager
Sound Department
John Clarke .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Icely .... camera operator (as Roy Snowden)
Bill Parker .... head grip
Other crew
Jeanne Rummans .... script person


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Closet Casanova" - USA (new title)
"Forbidden" - USA (alternative title)
"Paul, Lisa & Caroline" - USA (poster title)
"Swinger's Paradise" - USA (video box title)
"Lisa & Caroline porno erotic girls" - Italy (imdb display title)
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108 min | USA:91 min (Gourmet Video version)
Sound Mix:
USA:X (original rating) (self applied) | USA:R (re-rating) (1979)

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This film is half of Cult 70s Porno Director: Peter Balakoff XXX Double Feature 1 (2005) DVD from Alpha Blue Archives.See more »
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References Cry for Cindy (1976)See more »


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A True Original, For Better or Worse, 2 June 2007
Author: Dries Vermeulen

Ted Roter (a/k/a "Peter (sometimes Pierre) Balakoff") was a peculiar man. Born in Brussels in 1930 to Jewish parents, he was orphaned during the war. He survived in a refugee camp where the acting bug bit him. As an adult, he crossed the Great Atlantic to make his name as a supporting actor on numerous B westerns and TV shows, though he had already achieved a degree in psychology with a resulting psychiatric practice in his homeland. He founded the well-regarded Santa Monica Playhouse yet simultaneously embarked on a career on both sides of the camera in pornographic film-making, wearing his ethnic heritage on his sleeve by adopting the moniker "Tovia Borodyn" or even "Tovia Israel" as a performer ! His highly idiosyncratic adult movies initially favored plot and not always well-motivated histrionics over erotic content but he would yield towards carnal convention near the end of his career with THE MASTER AND MS. JOHNSON, RING OF DESIRE and SCANDALOUS SIMONE. He passed away at the dawn of the new millennium, aged 70.

From the pretentious early stages of his creative career, PAUL, LISA AND CAROLINE (also known as FORBIDDEN or, inappropriately, CLOSET CASANOVA !) strives to be the type of torturous relationship drama that John Cassavetes was then gaining fame – and, in some circles, notoriety – for. Paul (Roter, a smugly handsome leading man) is a middle-aged director of TV commercials who has a longstanding on-again, off-again relationship with actress Lisa (Diane Miller) when he marries much younger fledgling writer Caroline (Gena Lee) out of the blue. Initially apprehensive of one another, the two women end up falling in love, excluding Paul from their union, with tragic results. That's the gist of the story but somehow that's not the way Roter tells it. Events occur with little regard for continuity, so much at times I thought the projectionist (yep, I saw this theatrically, screened at the good old ABC theater in Brussels – Roter's place of birth – a mere 2 weeks ago !) had the reels all mixed up. What scant reviews have appeared over time concerning the director's early works however seem to indicate that this seemingly random approach to narrative was in fact an entirely intentional attempt at art-house loftiness.

As usual for this filmmaker, the cast largely consists of people who never seem to have worked for anyone else (theater refugees picking up an extra paycheck perhaps, hoping few would witness their naughtier exploits ?) like the scrumptious Gena Lee (who handled the role of the mentally unstable Manon in ONE PAGE OF LOVE with more aplomb than one would expect in porn), smoldering brunette Diane Miller (also in THE PSYCHIATRIST a/k/a ALL THE DEVIL'S ANGELS) or the dependably hammy John Hollyfield. Keep an eye out for an early appearance by '80s performer Robert Bullock (star of Chuck Vincent's terrific VOYEUR) under the name "Richard Parness". Sex scenes are as chopped up as the rest of the narrative, rarely allowing for any erotic tension to build. Still, the Sapphic bit between Lisa and Caroline just prior to the flick's downbeat conclusion merits a mention. A self-made man, Roter started out making adult movies unlike anyone else. That's not necessarily a good thing…

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