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    Episode 57: Night Dreams
    Special Guest: Susie Bright

    An avant-garde adult film, Night Dreams shows the erotic fantasies of Mrs. Van Houten (Dorothy La May) in nightmarish detail. Directed by F.X. Pope (Francis Delia), the film was written by Jerry Stahl and Stephen Sayadian.

    We should note that Stephen Sayadian's Dr. Caligari also concerns a Mrs. Van Houten, also a nymphomanical housewife, and pairs well with this film as does Michael Ninn's Shock and Latex.

    Josh Hadley of the Lost in the Static, RadioDrome, & What the F*ck podcasts steps into the Projection Booth and, we've been PODCRASHED by Chris Gore!

    http://projection-booth.blogspot.com...ht-dreams.html
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    Remember I found my dad's VHS copy in the 80's and it was one hell of a mindfuck of a film for a tender 17 year old lad just discovering hardcore porn! Very inventive and technically accomplished. Would love to see a nicely remastered, uncut edition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M. White View Post
    Episode 57: Night Dreams
    Special Guest: Susie Bright

    An avant-garde adult film, Night Dreams shows the erotic fantasies of Mrs. Van Houten (Dorothy La May) in nightmarish detail. Directed by F.X. Pope (Francis Delia), the film was written by Jerry Stahl and Stephen Sayadian.

    We should note that Stephen Sayadian's Dr. Caligari also concerns a Mrs. Van Houten, also a nymphomanical housewife, and pairs well with this film as does Michael Ninn's Shock and Latex.
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    Watched NIGHTDREAMS for the first time last night. Wow, consider my mind blown. I was captivated for about 45 minutes. Dorothy La May put on quite a performance. I usually get broad with lesbian scenes but the cowgirl three-way really got my attention. Having “Ring of fire” playing and interesting cinematography kept me engaged. The film started to lose me when the fetus and talking fish showed up. I figure I might want to save the rest of this film for if I ever get the chance to smoke weed again.

    It was my first time listening to The Projection Booth and I really enjoyed it. The interview with Susie Bright was a treat and I always enjoy listening to Chris Gore. I’ll definitely check out more episodes. I see you covered THE ART OF DYING. That should give some motivation to finally check out a DVD a paid way too much.

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    This and it's companion film, Cafe Flesh, has long been some of my favorite classic porn. I've always been partial to surreal porn, hence my fandom of Micheal Ninn, and this is one of my favorites. I also loved Dorothy LeMay in Kirdy Stevens' Taboo II. I'm also a huge fan of Sayadian's Dr. Caligari.

    Sayadian's return to porn with the two sequels to Night Dreams and his Party Doll A Go Go videos weren't quite as good but interesting none the less. I never did see the two cowgirl videos he did.

    It's a shame we don't here anything from him anymore.

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    Yeah, I'm still trying to find those COWGIRL videos. Then I'll have seen his whole filmography!

    Agree with most people's sentiments here - this is a fun, cool film, though just a little too abstract for my taste, which runs pretty literal. I like it, but I also find my patience wearing a little thin after 45 minutes or so, though there are definitely still some attention-grabbers in the end (the creamed wheat is my favorite part, obviously). Still, I prefer the linearly-plotted CAFE FLESH, as I tend to like a more concrete storyline to hang my surreality on. Things only get weirder from here on out with NIGHTDREAMS 2 & 3 and PARTY DOLL A GO-GO 1 & 2 (but both really just one big 150-minute film, in both cases), all of which are pretty much entirely plot-free and just stream-of-consciousness, day-glo bizarreness. I don't like them nearly as much, but I still have a strange appreciate and patience for them that surprises me given my easy frustration with the avant garde. Check youtube for someone's funny compilation of all the weird 60s beach lingo from PARTY DOLL, then pick up the VCA double-feature, which is surprisingly cheap and in quite decent quality.

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    Was Francis Delia really the director on Night Dreams? Some sources credit him and some credit Stephen Sayadian... Surely someone here knows?

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    It's hard to say, porn filmmakers often saved money by doing a lot of different jobs at once themselves and then used a bunch of pseudonyms to hide that fact, so it's kinda hard to tell, especially up until the mid 80s or so. But hell, I could be wrong.

    Yeah, that VCA DVD for Party Doll A Go Go is a nice find. Unfortunately, they never did that for the second and third Nightdreams movies (I still have the VHS releases, fortunately). As far as I can tell, Untamed Cowgirls Of The Wild West 1 & 2 doesn't exist anymore, so a DVD will probably never show up and they'll probably never be seen again
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    Yeah, I could have sworn there was a NIGHTDREAMS 2 & 3 double feature once, but that's clearly not true. I don't know how that idea managed to implant itself into my mind. I managed to track down a VHS of 2 & 3 as well as an LD of #2, at which point I dumped my tape. I'd love to find an LD of #3, as well.

    Someone somewhere out there must have WILD COWGIRLS 1 & 2 on VHS, at least. I've never heard any real info about these films, though... My last remaining point of Rinse Dream curiosity, besides, of course, what goes through your head, why do you make such wonderful movies, can I give you a giant hug, etc., etc.

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    Hell, I've never even seen any VHS box art on Cowgirls. It is possible that they weren't even released. Apparently, Sayadian has given up film making and is now a poster designer.

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    "Nightdreams" [1981: USA{LA}. Producer & Director: Stephen Sayadian. Run Time: 79']
    Featuring: Dorothy Le May, Loni Sanders, Jennifer West, Michelle Bauer, Danielle, Monique
    Kevin James, Ken Starbuck, Fast Steppin' Freddie

    Here is another movie which significantly altered the explicit movie genré when it was released. It received glowing blurbs from numerous reviewers. Playboy® scribed, "The first avant-gardé adult film...Fellini meets Eraserhead." Velvet{!} termed it, "The “Citizen Kane” of adult films." Even Al Goldstein called it, "Unforgettable...A film I can highly recommend."

    The premise upon which this movie is based is, "What happens to women who do not achieve orgasms?" We watch as Dorothy Le May, a patient in a psychiatric clinic, is observed by a male and female doctor through a two-way mirror. Dorothy knows she is being watched.

    The reflexiveness of the “We observe; They observe; She knows she's being observed.” aspect is clear. Does being observed result in different behavior? Decide for yourself. Dorothy's dreams vary from the surreal to the sublime; from the visceral to the vicarious. Her portrayal of a lust-craved woman transcends the usual stereotype. I shall not go into detail. I want Dorothy's dreams to make the first impression upon your own psyché.

    In another instance of when I wish you could hear the soundtrack, Wall of Voodoo's version of (Johnny Cash's) "Ring Of Fire" was originally written for this. I will mention the cinematography. It is eerie, scary, and ultimately quite unlike what anyone else had released in a very long time in the explicit movie genré.

    Stephen Sayadian followed this movie with the astonishing "Café Flesh" [1982], and went on to direct other movies including the "R"-Rated "Dr. Caligari" [1989]. He even had an on-camera role in Milos Forman's "Man On The Moon" [1999] as a stadium photographer.
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    I'm hoping to check out more flicks that Susie recommended. We recently did a podcast on Raw Talent -- not surreal at all but very fun nevertheless. http://projection-booth.blogspot.com...aw-talent.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott P View Post
    Hell, I've never even seen any VHS box art on Cowgirls. It is possible that they weren't even released. Apparently, Sayadian has given up film making and is now a poster designer.
    The two WILD COWGIRLS were released on VHS, I rented them back then. Since it was done for Zane Entertainment, they wouldn't have sold as much as a VCA title but I'm also surprised no torrents have appeared for them (don't know who owns that library now but doubt they would be interested in releasing an older title anyway). And, if you've seen Sayadian's other videos, it's pretty much the same thing).

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    M. White, superb podcast on Nightdreams! Also enjoyed your podcast on Raw Talent. I vaguely recall Nightdreams, saw it on VHS over 20 years ago. Your podcast piqued my interest, and I downloaded it from the internet to see again. Just like Raw Talent, I felt the need to get the 2 sequels (sublimal suggestion?). The VCA sequels were virtually unobtainable. Not for sale on EBAY, Adult DVD empire, Excalibur, or any of the usual sources. No free downloads on any forums either. Finally found Nightdreams 2 & 3 for sale at Erica Boyer.Net.

    Any future podcasts on classic adult films would be most welcome! Very will done, lots of interesting background information about adult filmaking of that era. Thanks!

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    If a good solid visual director like Micheal Ninn would take on the project, I wouldn't be adverse to VCA producing a Nightdreams 4. Again, if someone with proper surreal visual senses could be found, I think a very cool porn series could be made.

    Of course, given the crappy state of current American porn stars, you'd probably have to go make it in Europe.

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