Midnight Desires With Vanessa Del Rio - All Time Classic Golden Age Porn Movie Now On DVD
Released in 1976 at the height of porn’s Golden Age, Midnight Desires is a solid piece of sizzling sexual entertainment with two couples and four fantasies set in remote locations. At the end of each fantasy we return to the mansion where the complexities of their Midnight Desires are discussed by the participants.
Starring: Vanessa Del Rio, Jamie Gillis, Eric Edwards, CJ Laing, Bree Anthony, Linda Lovemore, Arturo Millhouse, Ellen Burden, Leonard Cooper, Craig Esposito, Ray Jefferies, Urlsula Pasarell, Karen Regis
Director: Shaun Costello as Amanda Barton
Studio: Video X Pix
Classic Golden Age Porn Movie ‘Midnight Desires’ With Vanessa Del Rio On Re-Mastered And Reissued DVD From Gamelink
Representing a very credible, for porn, transition between his one day fuck and suck loops and the glossy big budget sexual extravaganzas from his later Warren Evans persona, the three porn movies Shaun Costello made in the mid-1970’s as female alter ego Amanda Barton, were perhaps the first real opportunity for him to flex his filmmaking muscles. Experimenting with a more evenhanded approach to the erotic, the Barton trio, particularly Midnight Desires, featured female protagonists who were sexual instigators, if not predators, rather than mere victims. Midnight Desires is a sophisticated portmanteau porn movie which director Shaun Costello considers to be his best overall achievement.
Shaun Costello Biography: Very few people who are not students of porn history have heard of Shaun Costello, despite him being one of the most interesting and groundbreaking directors to have ever worked in the adult industry. Shaun Costello started acting in and directing one day wonders, also known as porn loops, and working with porn legends like Harry Reems, Fred Lincoln, Jamie Gillis, Georgina Spelvin and Linda Lovelace before they all got their big breaks. Confusingly, during his career he used pseudonyms such as Helmuth Richler, Warren Evans, Russ Carlson, Oscar Tripe, and Amanda Barton, when he directed such well known adult features as Forced Entry, Midnight Desires, Water Power and Dracula Exotica. Shaun Costello created a formula that allowed him to mass produce porn movies of lasting quality in quantities that, until then, would have been unthinkable. His methods would be copied for years to come, and changed forever the way sex films were made.
Applying his usual approach to soundtracks, at the beginning of Midnight Desires Shawn Costello embraces the opulence that was soon to become his trademark by overlaying the image of an immaculate white stretch Limo with Richard Rodney Bennett’s evocative overture from Sidney Lumet’s 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Midnight Desires was also his first foray on 35mm film.
Stock market tycoon John and his upwardly mobile spouse Amy are on their way for an evening of dinner and drinks with business tycoon Martin Van Nostrand and his trophy wife Elaine. No sooner have they entered the mansion when the Van Nostrands’ loyal butler brings in the evening newspaper carrying the distressing headline that Hitler has just invaded Poland! To take their minds off the dire situation in Europe, Elaine devises a party game where each of the participants will detail their deepest, darkest sex fantasy and we’re off to the races…
Whipping girl C.J. Laing, as Elaine, is up first. Craving punishment for everything she has done in life so far, Elaine imagines herself shackled in a blindingly white cell until she is liberated by three faceless hooded monks who are straight out of the Marquis de Sade. Urged on by her increasingly explicit sexual demands, the monks proceed to take advantage of her in ever more demeaning ways, as she is obviously running the show, ordering the anonymous studs to do her bidding.
Suppressed same sex longings can be read into Eric’s fantasy about taking pretty Hope to an accommodating lady of the night for “a homosexual experience without the presence of another man” as he so eloquently describes it. The spectacle of both lovers eagerly sucking the strap-on dildo protruding from the female prostitute’s male clothing provides a somewhat disturbing tableau even for the anything goes porn of the seventies. This is taken one step further when the hooker inserts her dildo up Eric’s rectum while he continues to penetrate his girlfriend who is equally turned on by the outrageous situation!
Martin is something of a dreamer, still regretting his inability to fulfil his wish of becoming a prize fighter. Unsurprisingly, as Kid Kelly he sexually takes out his frustration on the moll of the crooked manager who got him to take a fall because of a betting scam. Rallying fellow fighters to join his sadistic attack, Kid furiously drags her into the locker room, hellbent on retaliation. Praise must go to Shawn Costello for the inspirational casting of Vanessa Del Rio as the gum chewing, dead-eyed Lola whose larger than life sexuality both heals and galvanizes those who seek to victimize her. Sexual aggression melts into unbridled pleasure as the fighters are divested of their anger by Lola’s acceptance of the brutal sexual assault.
Amy counters the previously disturbing sexual fantasy with a lighthearted climax, which is without a doubt the best of the four sexual episodes described and enacted in Midnight Desires. This is because she is simply having fun while the others were preoccupied with exorcising deep seated sexual demons. Over traditional Irish music as per the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, this sweet scene sees a proper English maiden in an unspecified yet romantic past sexual encounter, first frightened then tempted by a trio of highwaymen.
Midnight Desires climaxes with the director himself, casually performing anal sex on a buxom serving wench.
Midnight Desires With Vanessa Del Rio - All Time Classic Golden Age Porn Movie Reissued On High Quality DVD By Video X Pix