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scott favareille
01-21-2005, 11:54 AM
In 1976, director Jonas Middleton produced and directed this attempt at a high budget ($250,000) porn film. The film, when released on the XXX circuit, did poorly, largely due to the fact there were long sequences between sex scenes. The marketing of the film was towards a more "mainstream/couples" approach, but some of the sexual content was too offputting for that group. Lastly, the film (in order to recoup some of its costs back) was recut for an R-rated drive-in release. TVX has the uncut XXX version out on DVD.

The plot involves a rich married woman who keeps going to her locked up attic to "arouse herself" in front of a mirror. She gets seduced by a demonic man(Jamie Gillis in a good performance) who looks like her father to "come into the mirror". The lead actress, Catherine Burgess, gives a good performance. The sex scenes have a surrealistic quality and there are some horror overtones. (The music was done by Harry Manfredini, who later scored many of the Friday the 13th films. "Harry Flecks" aka Joao Fernandes, also photographed several of Gerard Damiano's films, and later worked on some of Chuck Norris' pictures for Cannon.) The film is a rather polished production, however, the DVD transfer does leave something to be desired. This would be a good choice for a company like Synapse to do a proper restoration.

Jason W
01-21-2005, 04:25 PM
This is a great movie, I really liked the scenes on the other side of the mirror. The sex was weird, but I like weird movies, and it's nice to see something rather than the same old sex being put on screen. The dvd quality is pretty bad though, it looks like a bad vhs tape they copied to a dvd. They need to go back to the film elements and try a new transfer of these old movies. The dvd of Candy Stripers is a good example of how all these classics could look if they put some effort into the transfer.

Ian Jane
01-22-2005, 02:36 PM
This is one of my favorite adult films from the era. Gillis is fantastic in the role (who better to play that character than the dirtiest man in mainstream porn?) and yeah, so there's not much sex in it but it's pretty trippy stuff that works regardless. I can see why it didn't appeal to a lot of people, but it worked for me.

Tim Mayer
01-22-2005, 02:39 PM
Do you have the internet addy of TVX?

S. Chivers
01-23-2005, 06:23 AM
My understanding is that VCX bought the TVX catalogue a couple of years ago and this is actually one of their disks. Admittedly, the VCX logo is nowhere to be seen on the (woeful) cover. I can't remember whether or not it appears on the presentation itself.

I don’t really have anything to add to the comments already made concerning this film. I think it stands alongside The Devil in Miss Jones as the best movie produced during the Golden Age. It’s very provocative stuff and would appeal to (broad-minded) people not ordinarily interested in adult films.

Sadly, the current DVD is dreadful and does the film no favours at all.

scott favareille
01-25-2005, 01:50 PM
The DVD presentation makes no mention of VCX.

Jason W
01-25-2005, 02:53 PM
the quality of the dvd is so bad it could be a VCX dvd haha :)

Ashley West
01-14-2014, 06:02 PM
On the latest Rialto Report, we’re joined by Jonas Middleton, director of Through the Looking Glass.

Jonas grants a rare interview to talk about his three X-rated films from the 1970s – Cherry Blossom (1972),Illusions of a Lady (1974), and Through the Looking Glass (1976) – religion, Catharine Burgess, Jamie Gillis, Christa Helm, Andrea True, Al Levitsky, Joao Fernandes… and the chances of a Through the Looking Glass 2.

Click here to listen. (http://www.therialtoreport.com/2014/01/12/jonas-middleton-god-church-and-through-the-looking-glass-podcast-29/)