Fans of Vintage Porn! Check Out “Three-Way: A Trilogy of Vintage Erotica”

With all of the porn in the world today, it’s easy to forget that it used to be quite different. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is hosting Three-Way: A Trilogy of Vintage Erotica, a mini film festival featuring some really amazing movies during the week of May 19-26.

A Labor of Love is a 1976 documentary about the making of the porn movie The Last Affair, the only hardcore feature film made in Chicago. It’s a really fascinating look at both the process of producing a low-budget movie and the people performing in it. You can see what goes on during the film, which contrasts with that the actors say about the project and each other. One of the performers was new to porn and her authentic emotions during her interview highlight the challenges of sexual performance when you’re having interpersonal conflicts with one of the other actors. It’s also a great look at how the sex scenes are just as scripted as any other movie performance.

Of course, porn has changed a lot in the last 35 years, just as the mainstream movie industry has. But anyone interested in the history of sexuality and fans of the Golden Era of Porn with enjoy this one. Here’s the trailer.

Camille 2000 was directed in 1969 by Radley Metzger, who also made classics like Barbara Broadcast, Naked Came the Stranger, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, among other films. He found a lot of inspiration for his movies from literary sources like Carmen, Pygmalion, Therese and Isabelle, and other works. Isn’t it great to know that the current trend for parody porn has a long and honored pedigree?

Camille 2000 is based on the 1848 book La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils and it’s full of softcore sexploitation at its most stylish and sophisticated.The main character, Armand is a suave bachelor new to Rome, and gorgeous Marguerite is the prize catch of high society. Armand decides he must have her, but she is full of dark secrets. With plenty of delightfully retro costumes, kinky orgies, lavish palaces, champagne, ultra-cool cinematography, and a funky lounge score by cult composer Piero Piccioni, this one is amazingly fun.

The Wild Pussycat (1969)is sexploitation at its best! The storyline is hard to believe, so here’s the summary from the NY Times overview:

Nick (Dean Byron) is the pimp who forces his girlfriend to subject herself to sodomy and other sex acts for the pleasure of lecherous voyeurs. When the young girl commits suicide, her sister Nadia (Gizela Dalli) reads her sister’s diary and discovers Nick’s abusive treatment lead to her sister’s death. Seeking revenge, the buxom blonde stalks the sadistic pimp. Nick is drugged and taken to a room with a one way mirror. Nadia forces him to watch as she makes love to the delivery boy, Nick’s new girlfriend, and a strange gentleman before taking them all on at once. The frustrated prisoner goes progressively mad watching the erotic proceedings before he is castrated by the vengeful Nadia. She finally releases him, but he has lost all human reason as he foams at the mouth like a mad dog. Unable to perform sexually, he runs out on the street and collapses as the public watches his pathetic humiliation with sardonic delight.

All I can say is: wow!

This is going to be a fantastic festival. So get your tickets here and bring the popcorn!

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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