If Stagliano and company were a group of whey-faced, foppish English musicians in the early '70s, this movie could have probably turned out a lot like the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street: sprawling, decadent and excessive. But Stagliano is a pornographer, so what we have is a porn epic that is sprawling, decadent and excessive.
That's good. And it's pretty darn entertaining. And very, uh, European.The sex scenes are long, but they never get boring, and, as is natural for a movie with the word "fashionistas" right there in the title, the scenes are all very stylish. Highly so.One hates to guess at the money spent on latex clothes alone.
It also doesn't hurt that the performers are first-rate, especially the women who are all adept at extreme anal sex topped off with some BDSM for flavor. Katsuni, especially, is fun to watch. But Belldonna and the always-arresting Annette Schwarz perform above and beyond the call, as well.
he story, set in the Berlin underground, is a little complicated, but it involves Rocco Siffredi searching for strange kicks and Nacho Vidal as some sort of evil Internet beacon, who may or may not have lured Rocco there. But, really, does anyone watch porn for the coherent story lines and rousing dialogue? Besides, this is a full-blown Artistic Statement from Stagliano, and for that a few passes must be granted.
The sex scenes are extremely well shot and carefully crafted for maximum visual impact. That, and, of course, they are very kinky.
ith a running time of over four hours spread over two discs, this is a movie that may take some time to get through, but, hey, you'll get your money's worth.
nd while Stagliano's vision may be "too European" for some Americans weaned on cheap, all-sex porn, they'd be missing a lot if they didn't at least take a look at Fashionistas Safado: Berlin.
It's time to up your tastes a little bit, kiddies.
Pre-nom: Best Video Release.
Retailing: Be sure to stock this movie; one of the year's best.
- Mike Albo