SFJFF 2013 A love story about the legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno and his loyal wife and business partner Peggy. The film relates their part in the history of sex film, their lives between New York and Sweden, and their struggle to produce one last erotic film.
Smart filmmaking that they kept it simple, so the human story could emerge from behind the story that leads, the topic of sexploitation and the desire to participate in artmaking history. Kinda like Joe's films. Yeah, smart affecting stuff. I was surprised. And moved. You gotta love real love! The formal piece that summed it all, embodied it, was when the piano that threaded throughout was joined by bass and drums...
Surprisingly candid and therefore fascinating portrayal of the couple's work making sexploitation films in the 1960's and 70's. But it's the love they share that is the heart of the story and makes it very enjoyable to see.
The documentary is at once about a couple, a man, his work, and a body of work. For me, the attraction was in the films - discovering sequences where someone cried as they came .. not a recurring motif... but the interplay of emotion, and breath. The line between hard and softcore is not interesting to me - if you want to cross that line, fine. The films that were made and the couple that made them shine brightly.