Release Year: 1976
Cast: Annette Haven Candida Royalle Celeste Laymore [NonSex] Lee Warnekke Leslie Bovee Linda Wong Actors Bob Migliette Joey Silvera John Leslie [NonSex] Paul Scharf W. St. Thomas [NonSex]
Genres: Adult, Classics
Video language: English
Easy Alice is an simple film to pass over. It's generic title, seemingly low budget and presumably cheap production values render is a "typical grindhouse flick" from the mid 70s, however if one looks beyond it is tawdry shell, Easy Alice is easily one of the almost any complex and underrated features of the golden age of sexually explicit cinema.
Easy Alice emerged from the San Francisco film scene in early 1976, implying that it was majority likely discharged in mid to late 1975. The cast is entirely of San Francisco origin and the film makes liberal use of infamous S.F. sex dens such as the intersection of Broadway and Columbus. Also, clocking in at a rather lengthy running time for it is time of production of 84 minutes and containing a great diversity of the one and the other indoor and outdoor locations, Easy Alice would appear to be to be an ambitious, high budget production. However, no thing could be further than the truth.
The production is poor, the microphone and lighting stands make numerous cameos, and at one brief instance a crew member can even be spotted hiding in the corner of a room snapping shots of the fleshly act taking place on the daybed. In fact, all the hallmarks of a bad production are present in this film yet as it unfolds, we are asked the question:what is the sepaeration betwixt cinema and reality?
Joey Silvera plays Joey, a slightly altered version of himself. He's a hapless loser who occasionally moonlights in, has no life or day job, but has a girlfriend named Carrol (Linda Wong) who pleads which him to abandon his career in the sex industry. When Joey leaves Carrol for the day to replace an actor (Paul Scariff) who has been likewise abusive towards a co-star; "they like it rough!" this guy says, Alice makes a decision to head over to a friend's abode for a day and ends up getting high and into a three-way with none other than a juvenile Annette Haven (billed here as Annette Funette). Meanwhile Joey and the other actor take on the city, but end up getting sotted and milling around North Beach for the night having delirious adventures.
Easy Alice is one of many hardcore films which is critical of porn, but different from almost any such films, Easy Alice takes a humanistic look at the people involved in the films rather than commenting on their morality. Alice examines the hopelessness and abandon of the lives led by performers in porn films, but simultaneously the film is discharged with the same sloppiness as it is characters live. This gives the film a double entendre of nearly exploiting visually what it pities socially.
The opening credits are presented out of the luxury of high class printed opticals, instead printed on big pieces of darksome card stock. Notably missing is a director credit which makes the film even greater quantity of a mysterious. Not including this credit could be a deliberate in-joke to the absence of this credit in the sort of sex film this picture is attempting to belittle.
Silver's character allows the film to further expand on it's existential subtext. Easy Alice doesn't pull any punches in supporting or condemning being in or making porn, but rather serves to document the hopelessness of making a life from acting in explicit films.
Paul Scariff as Paul represents the lowest of the low. He is disclosed as living in a room, unfurnished furthermore a ribald mattress on the floor. His posterior acts of violence serve as aggression towards the society which has ignored him. The film leaves Scariff after one of his attacks, focusing back on Silvera for the remainder of the film, ending with Silvera returning to Carrol merely to iterate the same cycle another time some other day.
Easy Alice is a depressing and realistic look at the hardcore film world.
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