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Randy Thomas G
09-17-2006, 11:52 PM
I watched this recently on DVD from VCX. Peter Balakoff directed and a 'Belinda Balakoff' co-wrote the script (I assume this is his wife). In this case I can actually believe that a woman wrote this one as the story, which would have usually been a sleaze-fest, was treated with an unusual amount of ambition for a XXX film. My understanding is that Balakoff mostly produced grinders so maybe he should've had his wife write for him more often.

The visual and audio quality of the DVD are not bad overall, grading on a curve here for XXX DVD releases.

Briefly, a man meets two sisters (an alternate title btw), one of who is mildly mentally retarded, although attractive. He begins a physical relationship with her and tries to control her sexuality, which has been warped by a childhood experience.

So, here we have sex with the mentally disabled and incest of various kinds all mixed into a strong melodramatic plot.

The acting is pretty solid for this kind of film but the editing is really ham-handed: I get the impression that there were a lot more scenes of character development which were either cut by the producers or the director as many scenes of dialogue begin in medias res or are cut-off abruptly. Does anyone know anything about the background of this?

The theme song is sappy but the ending of the film is authentically disturbing and creepy. Recommended.

Nick McBride
09-18-2006, 04:42 AM
Sounds interesting, especially "incest of various kinds", which leaves a bit to the imagination. Any performers of any note in it?

Randy Thomas G
09-19-2006, 02:43 AM
Nancy Hoffman (Taxi Girls, Pretty Peaches, etc) plays the younger sister and Gena Lee plays the older, retarded sister.

Gena Lee is really the central performance in the whole thing and she does quite well (and is cute) but didn't do too much more except for Balakoff's 'The Psychiatrist,' which I've read positive things about. She resembles some mainstream actress but I can't quite figure out who.

Bill Margold has a bit part and the male lead, Anthony Richards I think, underplays things nicely as well as performing well sexually. Some of the sex scenes are nice, some are routine and some are cringe-inducing.

scott favareille
09-20-2006, 06:08 PM
Gena Lee was also in "Paul, Lisa, & Caroline", which is out on DVD by Alpha Blue as part of the Peter Balakoff collection. I actually watched that film yesterday, it was rather interesting with a rather unexpected ending.

From what little I have seen of his work so far, it seems as if Balakoff's films have a rather dark subject matter. (Paul, Lisa & Caroline having to deal largely with menage-a-trois & swinging) Perhaps a more thorough examination of his work needs to be done.

vincent_z
09-26-2006, 03:50 AM
Peter Balakoff also directed explicit movies using the name Ted Roter. I seem to recall that he used the Balakoff name on his own productions only; or it might have been vice-versa.
Gena Lee only appeared in nine movies:
Paul, Lisa and Caroline (1976) A Little More Than Love (1977) A Very Small Case of Rape (1977) The Psychiatrist (1978) One Page of Love (1980) Ring of Desire (1981) Little Girls Lost (1982) Stephanie's Lust Story (1983) Endless Lust (1983) RTG; I have seen none of these movies.

Randy Thomas G
09-26-2006, 05:24 AM
Thanks Vincent, have you seen A Very Small Case of Rape? I didn't realize that Balakoff had directed it, he certainly does seem to have done more than the few loop carriers I was lead to believe.

I've read about it, Linda Williams in her book Hardcore mentions it as one of the few xxx films to deal with rape seriously (along with Roomates and Obsessed) but there doesn't seem to be much info about it anywhere.

I wonder if Balakoff is still around, perhaps Robin could locate him for an interview.

scott favareille
09-26-2006, 12:24 PM
According to imdb, Balakoff died in 2000 at the age of 70.

Randy Thomas G
09-27-2006, 07:12 AM
It's a shame so many of these people are passing away before anyone can really document things. :( I think that THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD really missed out by not interviewing a wider range of people in xxx. I think a really strong book on the genre has yet to be written.

I just found that Revengeismydestiny has Balakoff's 1970 film NORMA listed in their New Releases; apparently it is a softcore rip-off of MARNIE. It also has Uschi Digard.

Thomas Wood
09-27-2006, 03:49 PM
Peter Balakoff/Ted Roter was a of Belgian descent and was a minor actor in Hollywood in the sixties. Similar to Sam Weston (Anthony Spinelli) and Chris Warfield (Billy Thornberg) with parts being few and far between, Balakoff started making adult movies where he could control the storylines and give himself acting roles. In the meantime, Balakoff was a friend of Ray Dennis Steckler, acting in the LEMON GROVE KIDS movies and even co-directing one of the shorts. (Steckler, in his commentary track on LEMON even tells that he was the cameraman on most of Balakoff's films, meaning his adult films but Steckler never admitted what type of films they were). NORMA was a softcore film that Balakoff did in 1970 and, I think, EVI (Dave Friedman's company) put out the video in the early 90's with a picture of Tori Welles on the cover (I'm sure some people were not very happy at finding no Welles and a softcore movie inside).

Like most "Hollywood" adult directors, Balakoff grew frustrated with the business in the mid-eighties, with the smaller budgets, scripts more concerned with the sex and shooting on video, and left the business.

Fred Adelman
09-27-2006, 04:11 PM
It's a shame so many of these people are passing away before anyone can really document things. :( I think that THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD really missed out by not interviewing a wider range of people in xxx. I think a really strong book on the genre has yet to be written.

I just found that Revengeismydestiny has Balakoff's 1970 film NORMA listed in their New Releases; apparently it is a softcore rip-off of MARNIE. It also has Uschi Digard.

NORMA is also one of the first films that the late George "Buck" Flower appeared in. He played "Mother".

vincent_z
10-04-2006, 04:49 PM
It's a shame so many of these people are passing away before anyone can really document things. :(
I think that THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD really missed out by not interviewing a wider range of people in xxx. I think a really strong book on the genre has yet to be written. It is a shame because contemporary American publishers worry about the backlash they would get for putting on books about erotic movies and movemakers. :(
We've mentioned the second part of David F. Friedman's tale being unable to get released. Dave is/was probably the most reactionary, conservative Republican in the entire racket! But no one wants to put out his tome. :mad:
There must be scores of manuscripts about sexploitation/XXX movies which have been scribed and submitted to American publishing houses. And I suspect most of them are returned to their authors with instructions to "lose the hardcore sections and we'll consider it".