Porndom's Pliny the Elder, adult film historial Jim Holliday , see to it that Cal Vista's Only the Best From Europe lives up to its name. This collection of continental clips, featuring top European stars (and a few Americans on busman's holidays), is a fine introduction to the novice viewer on the many global faces of erotica, and also serves as a tasty sampler for the veteran as it reprises some fondly-remembered scenes from popular European features. Over a dozen segments from such movies as Call Girl, Take Me Down, Second Coming of Eva, Joy of Fooling Around and others have been brought together to show, as Holliday puts it, the Europeans' "matter of fact, almost casual approach" to cinematic sexuality. You want name? Okay, how about Olinka, Serena, teutonic titwillow Teresa Orlowski, Dawn Cummings, Gabriel Pontella and even Eric Edwards?
Nearly all of the clips are on film rather than video, and most demonstrate the European flair for mood, extended foreplay, and exotic locales. A stable scene from Sweden's Practice Makes Perfect and the gleeful pouncing of five "schoolgirls" on a hapless male from Second Coming of Eva rank as the best of this collection, and every scene is introduced by Holliday, helping to smooth over the lack of context. Only the Best is certainly the best thing to come out of Europe since the shots of the Berlin Wall's dismantling (and here's hoping that in a little while Jim will introduce us to what must be thriving underground market in Czech, Polish and Hungarian erotica).