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May 24, 2013

Movie Review: Pornographi (1971)

So far Pink Flamingo Entertainment in their short life as vintage filth purveyors have consistently shown a knack for giving some quality treatment to Golden Age classics that include their acclaimed “The Shaun Costello Collection”. Now the Danish company has brought a European adult film classic, Ole Ege’s Pornagraphi.

Comprised of ten short films, including such silent Ole Ege gems as: The Dream Girl (1966), Harem, Spanking (1970), The Pornmodel Ilse (1969), The American Girl (1970) and The Jolly Shave (1964), Crazy Strip (1966), Three Lively Girls (1964), Group Sex (1969), Springtime in Tivoli (1969). All the shorts were shot when porn was illegal so there’s an added naughtiness to the proceedings. One thing that’s constant about Ege’s short-films is that none are at all completely tasteless and it’s apparent with his craftsmanship that Ege’s as much an artist as he is a pornographer. Yes, we are talking porn here.

Ege’s sense of humor is very evident in the shorts as well as his hunger for lingerie clad ladies and good old fashion S&M. Some of the lingerie the ladies wear in Crazy Strip(that they quickly dispose of) are downright goofy. From the goofy to the sultry. He then segues nicely into the very seductive The Dream Girl, which highlights a brunette lovely slowly teasing, smiling and eventually spreading to show her lady bits. It’s all very hot stuff and it's also 40 plus years old too!

The audio is all just added composed tunes but each film is fitted with the appropriate music. I didn’t really know what to expect when I noticed the whole compilation was silent, but it works better than you may think . The picture quality is outstanding. The colors are rich and right on, with accurate flesh tones matching the many naked participants. There is also, thankfully, minimal damage to the element. Pink Flamingo has done some solid work with their Shaun Costello Collection but Pornagraphi is without a doubt their best looking release to date.

The extras on this DVD consist of Ole Ege’s first sound film, The Chinese Mask. It’s basically a strip-show showing a young lady wearing a Kabuki mask taking her under-thingies off. We're also treated to some very detailed liners by Nicolas Barbano. An extra I did notice that was deleted from this export version for obvious reasons is a short film called A Summer Day, starring the notorious animal lover, Bodil Jensen. I believe it still should be available on all other releases that do prohibit this material in their territories.

Pornographi really hits the mark in terms of quality retro-raunch. It’s fun, it’s sexy and looks damn good for a film that very well could have been lost or destroyed. Pink Flamingo’s done a top-notch job with a great piece of European adult film history.

Be sure to venture on over to Pink Flamingo’s website for Pornagraphi and many other excellent vintage adult film DVDS:

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