The second installment of award-winning director Cecil Howard’s four-part tour de force is just as captivating as the first. After viewing Part 1, this adult video exploration of lust, libido and the ever popular sexual guilt will be even more striking. Not only is the hardcore action scorching, but the storyline, courtesy of scribe Anne Randall, is never dull and always intriguing. For those tired of pretty but plotless MTV style schtupping, this is a sure winner for your body and mind. We implore retailers to support it.
Part 2 begins with shifted focus upon smut director Eric Edwards’ brother Sheffield. Although he’s a straight-laced attorney on the outside, he’s privy to some sordid urgings. Shef’s the backstage guest to kinky live-sex S&M performer Suzie Sugar, handpicked from her drooling audience. Seediness abounds, amid the red satin bed covers, white curtains and purple walls of her inner sanctum. It’s a beautifully lit, long and languid encounter replete with unreal close-ups of the junctures.
Back on his own homefront, Edwards’ bride Nina Hartley paces the carpet while he’s asleep in his office with wannabe porn queen Rene Summers. His voice-over comments, “I think I’m in love again..oh shit!” The next morning, wifey’s still fuming and arranges a revenge romp with a video stud appropriately named Dick Cox (Tom Byron). Rarely has Hartley’s posterior been viewed in such acrobatic poses.
Despite its stunning eroticism, this saga does not offer sex without a conscience. Like most of us, virtually every character is haunted by some dark secret. The dialogue rings hauntingly true.The crystal-like videography gives this venture an unmatched crispness and clarity. Retailers already know that the Cecil Howard name assures rental/buyer success. This is meaty, thought-provoking porn with substance, truly deserving to be dubbed “new-age erotica,” especially in this current sea of sub-standard sleaze. In addition, it earns high marks for all-around strong performances, especially by Edwards in what is perhaps his finest role.