Anita Dark - Absolute Beginner
Directed by Pierre Woodman
Starring: Anita Dark, Demia Moore, Bagheera, Audrey, Coralie, Stasha, Julie
Running time: 2hrs 3mins
This edition of Pierre Woodman's series sees the balance between interviews
and movie clips swing gently towards the latter, though there are still some
particularly interesting auditions and behind the scenes clips to enjoy. A word
of warning, though - Anita Dark may be the cover girl, but her audition (as
if she really needed one!) does not amount to much. The big news for
me is that subtitles make a comeback at last. Hurrah! No more stilted dubbed
Contemporary interest in this audition may reflect interest in her more recent
work because, unless I am very much mistaken, this brunette French wannabe porn
star is none other than Coralie Trinh Thi, director of the controversial French
art house movie Baise-moi. Here she sports a slightly gothic look, with
strong make up and a tattoo on her butt. She's not quite the typical Woodman
subject - perhaps he was distracted during a fairly worthless casting on what
appears to be a busy set, with phones ringing and people moving around. She
strips and does the test poses with ease, and confirms she's up for pretty much
anything - except fat guys! Moving swiftly on to a clip from The Tower 3, where
her character cheats on her husband with Jack Slater, who gives her a sound
fucking. She's in stockings, heels, and flowery lingerie and has her dark hair
crimped - still looks better. Her hubby (Richard Lengin) joins in and she takes
a good anal fucking, double penetration and a come shot a piece on her ass and
face. It's a good scene with good picture quality too.
Interview: Paris, October 1994 1993. Photo shoot: Sex 1. Sex
scene: The Tower 3, Paris, January 1995.
However, the picture quality on the interview with this fluffy-haired Russian
blonde is dire, so lacking colour that it almost looks black and white, and
suffering from blips and break-up. Looking round nervously, Stasha's description
of her occupation makes little sense, so let's concentrate on. Even with the
dismal picture, Stasha's face visibly colours and her pretty eyes widen when
"sex photos" are proposed. She's not confident about her looks but via extensive,
untranslated sweet talk through the translator (only the French dialogue, not
Russian is translated) gets her to reveal her slim figure and small perky tits.
Some coverage of Stasha's photo shoots follows: first, a no-action clip where
her mesmerising eyes are the main feature (besides David Perry modelling an
odd armband), and then an entertaining account of a typical Woodman excursion
to an inaccessible tropical rocky shore. Three cocks for Stasha, including Mr
Joey Silvera, no less, and they fuck and suck as wind, rain and waves threaten
to ruin the shoot ("C'est merde!" quips Pierre). Anal, DP and the anticipated
creamy conclusion and a perilous departure from the location above crashing
waves feature, before another quick look at a photo shoot where two guys (Silvera
and a young Bob Terminator) plaster Stasha's pretty face with come wraps up
Interview: Moscow, September 1992. Photo shoots: Pirate 21, Pirate
As far as this series goes, I'd suggest the casting with brunette Demia very
pretty even with little or no make-up (who) is a must-see. Giving her name as
Kata, Demia enchants with her unaffected nature possessed of an open and relaxed
attitude to sex. She even likes the Private magazines! Quite confident in English,
she hasn't had a lot of different guys but is definitely knowledgeable. She
happily strips off, commenting that she couldn't do it just for the money, she
has to enjoy the sex. That's what we like to hear. She's willing and able to
pose as required, showing her fine body and shaven pussy. Quite irresistible.
An alpine scene further illustrates her charms. The helicopter trip to a glacier
provides stunning views but I prefer what's on show back at the hotel. Demia's
playful attitude is delightful as she gets involved with Alain and Nick. Demia
sucks some dick, Alain fucks her doggy style (lovely little squeal from her
on entry) and she sheds her big woolly jumper. Jeans round her ankles as Nick
fucks her, she enthusiastically sucks Alain, before he monopolises her attention
- cowgirl (with Demia encouraging him to spank her, the minx), Demia getting
fully naked and grinding away in reverse cowgirl, getting hot. Then she puts
his dick in her ass. Oh boy. Nick finally gets another chance when it's time
for double penetration, with Demia urging them on in Hungarian, but all too
quickly Nick pops in her face. She dismounts and ends up tossing Alain off into
her mouth. She sucks, and looks naughty. Very pleasant.
Interview: Paris, January 1995. Sex scene: Triple X Video 8, France,
It seems that red head Julie is a housewife with a baby, but she's still very
young and has potential that soon becomes apparent. She has a wide-eyed innocence,
reminding me very loosely of Heather Graham's character in Boogie Nights.
Her reactions while looking at the magazine are non-committal, but Pierre gets
her to strip and he exclaims when he sees her large natural tits. Stripping
was one thing, but getting her to reveal, almost inevitably, that she's only
had one sex partner - her husband - takes some debate in Russian. Anal may be
a problem, but Pierre offers his famous system as the solution. Julie then features
in two on location looks at photo shoots - one outdoor shoot in another hot
spot, with two guys, and another (three guys, anal and DP, and copious facials)
back in Russia, I guess which is most notable for proving that Alain Deloin
can actually smile. Julie looks the part, Pierre snaps away obvious to David
Perry's juvenile japes.
Interview: Moscow, May 1993. Photo shoots: Sex 4, Pirate 23.
Gorgeous Hungarian brunette Anita's interview amounts to little more than her
apparently telling the translator that she's afraid to answer, while smiling
winsomely in that utterly adorable way of hers. Pierre has to make do with a
look at her body (a real hardship, I know). Oh, those ripe, hanging natural
tits, and that scintillating smile. And that's it. Shame, even a little insight
into her personality, her experiences, her attitudes to sex and porn would have
been welcome. Anita doesn't seem to have actually worked much for Private either.
Anyway, there's a clip to follow. Sadly, it is little better. There's a jazz-lite
soundtrack for some lesbian-lite moves between Anita and Valentina, another
attractive curvy brunette, which swiftly give way to a three-way when a guy
turns up. Paul Kovesi is the lucky man who gets his dick sucked by Anita and
then gets stuck into both stockings-and-lingerie-clad ladies. Anita looks great
taking it - she has the lion's share of the action. However, I am not sure if
the original direction of the clip by Peter Backman was this bad, but it appears
to have been crudely edited, and looks jumbled as it rushes to a facial finish.
Interview: Budapest, July 1994. Sex scene: Private Stories 9, Hungary,
What to make of little Bagheera then? In truth, I don't find her especially
attractive. However, there's something about this little 19-year-old French-Somalian
girl - what she lacks in inches she makes up in personality. When she smiles
she looks really different. Her wilful, opinionated character makes for some
intriguing, extensive verbal jousting between Pierre and her. She makes some
choice comments on the subjects of the "fat whores" in the magazines, interracial
relationships, lesbians and more. She scowls over the magazines, treating them
with disdain and amusement in equal measure, similarly scoffing at Pierre's
ideas (she calls him crazy more than once) - she may be sexually inexperienced
but she's not na´ve, and only wants to "make love", as she insists, with her
future husband. The omens are not good.
Through several cuts, the impression is given that this whole process took some
time and lots of talking, with Woodman showing commendable patience long after
I'd have sent the infuriating minx home. However, it seems that yet again the
crucial conversations take place off camera - mystery shrouds whatever Pierre
said or offered to make this reluctant model not only strip off, showing her
trim, tight body (she says she doesn't even do this for her boyfriend), but
also to trust Woodman enough to have her first full sexual experience with him
on camera. Whatever her reasons, she gets over her reserve and Pierre doesn't
let her down, taking it gently through initial discomfort, and then supplying
her with an impassioned, multi-position fucking in pussy and ass that makes
her yell "Oui!" and "Encore!" repeatedly, and leaves her apparently keen for
more and him exhausted. Oh Pierre, older guys and young women! You let the genie
out of the bottle! I found this fascinating viewing, and one of the best interviews
I have seen so far, as Bagheera has opinions and personality and as her stack
of Private credits shows, she really threw herself into the adventure.
Interview and initiation: Paris, October 1996.
To finish, an extremely pretty, buxom French girl with beautiful, sparkling
eyes - usually the final girl in Castings is the one who got away, and sadly
Audrey doesn't appear to have any further credits to show. However, the 18-year-old's
interview is still good fun, even allowing for annoyingly loud music, perhaps
attempting to drown the background noise of phones and so forth, and some break-up
on the picture. She studies the magazine intently and after a little to and
fro, she agrees to strip. She has superb big natural breasts and is very curvy.
Tactless Pierre says she's chubby (I guess she took that to heart!), but that
she's so pretty it doesn't matter.
Interview: Paris, June 1994.
Castings 7 is somewhat inconsistent. Using Anita Dark as the cover girl is plainly
misleading in my view - her interview and scene, though not her fault at all,
are really disappointing, Coralie is not my type and Audrey's contribution is
just a glimpse of missed opportunity. On the other hand, the scenes with Demia
and Bagheera are worthwhile for both the interview and the sex, and then Stasha
and Julie give a flavour of those Russian dolls from more innocent, less commercial
times. It's probably worth considering these pros and cons in the light of the
usual reflection that Castings is not a series with universal appeal before
deciding to purchase the movie, but I had some fun watching. If the marketing
of the movie had focussed on Demia, with Anita as a little bonus, it just wouldn't
have seemed such a let down. Will I ever learn? Don't believe the hype.
As always, the interviews are of basic quality, and some are quite poor indeed.
However, the movie clips are better than in the earlier DVD editions of Castings
and as a whole there is some improvement. The sound is not astounding but the
subtitles make it less important - full translations of the Russian would be
good, but I can't complain now that the subtitles have usurped the irritating
dubbing. Girls' profiles, linked to the castings and photos, Pierre Woodman's
photo book (a small selection of behind the scenes pictures) production notes
and trailers, with DVD-Rom only access to a DVD catalogue and wallpaper pics,
plus lots more subtitle languages complete the package.