1968, Joe Sarno, USA, 75 min. With Maria Lease, Marianne Prevost.
- Fri, Sep 15th 6:00pm
- Wed, Sep 20th 8:15pm
“Classy and sophisticated, beautifully shot, a juicy script, filled with wonderful performances and sexy as hell.” — Casey Scott, DVD Drive-In
Dubbed “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street,” Joe Sarno stood out among porn-purveyors of the pre-hardcore era for his films’ strong scripts, solid acting, and classy cinematography, though with a decidedly non-Bergmanesque penchant for campy dialogue and bountiful breasts. Sarno’s films were also distinctive for their concentration on women and female desire. Men are indeed peripheral in VIBRATIONS, a Manhattan tale of two sisters — one promiscuous, the other prudish — whose tense, incest-inflected relationship is aggravated by the passionate sounds emanating from the room next door, where a free-spirited nymph engages in group sex and lengthy bouts with (to quote one reviewer) “a vibrator the size of a canned ham.” As an added attraction, the film’s running time is padded out with evocative views of rainy-day New York ca. 1967. ProRes digital restoration from Film Movement. (MR)