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Black Orchid (1993)
An 80-minute cutdown of a 110-minute arty porn movie, with a lot of
repeat footage, solarised zoom-ins on the frame and a weird sound mix
that makes everything hard to follow, including the vital narration.
It's about a besuited businessman (Jonathan Morgan) who gets a vampy
agent (Ona Zee) to do a deal with a burned-out writer of high-class
erotica (Steve Drake) – author of the eponymous book – to
provide him with private chapters. However, there's no real plot here:
just a procession of former sex scenes in which people joylessly grind
against each other while sporting fetish accessories (leather corselets,
sunglasses, thigh-boots), often with cascades of water or a high-backed
chair included. It features Ariana, Sunset Thomas, Lacy Rose, Alana,
Kimberley Kupps (recognisable from the name) and Veronica Hart, and
works in another theme of its director Michael Ninn as lookalike women
get it on together, preferably on dark empty sets lit only by static
on TV screens. There's a syrupy dedication to the heartbroken at the
end, which uses the expression 'quites the heart'.
First published in this form here.
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