Starring: Jessie St.James, Desiree Cousteau,
Georgina Spelvin, Richard Pacheco, Mike Horner
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Directed By: Anthony Spinelli
Wistfully conjuring daydreams and calling them
goals, some often say that before they die they'd
like to travel the world, or finally read the
complete works of Shakespeare. To those people,
let me say this: Everything worth seeing in
Europe is on top of a hill, and the important
characters in Shakespeare all die. Actually, I
don't recall anyone dying in A Midsummer Night's
Dream, but that's beside the point. What I'm
getting at is that these lofty goals are
frequently not worth pursuing. Europe is
exhausting and Shakespeare is sad. Instead, may
I recommend you turn your cultural attentions to
classic porn? Nobody gets stabbed with a
poisoned sword and everyone gets laid. And
sometimes, they have funny haircuts.
One of the best, and most overlooked among
the "good ol' day" roster of porn titles is
Easy. Shot long ago during the Carter
administration, Easy is an edgy story of a well
meaning school teacher turned disillusioned
slattern. Jessie St. James, who looks at once
like a California beach blonde and an exotic
beauty from parts unknown, works overtime here as
she appears in almost every scene. And that's a
good thing by the way.
St. James' legend isn't as great as some of her
contemporaries. You're not likely to find the
same kind of following for her as you will
someone like Marilyn Chambers, but the following
she does have is just as loyal. She's hard to
explain. I think her appeal may be that she's
sexually aggressive without appearing over the
top, but Easy does a better job of illustrating
her intense sexuality than any amateur porn
critic can in describing it.
The film begins with St. James being forcefully
seduced by a student who may be better served to
think more about baseball and less about sex when
committing acts of verbal assault. You'll see
what I mean. Beginning with these opening
moments, St. James' character sets out on what
could be described as a sexual journey.
Conventions tell us that these kinds of journeys
begin with the hero (or heroine) starting the
trek in a state of not knowing something, and
ending it with having learned something very
important. That's not so much the case here.
St. James moves from one humiliating experience
to the next. She's raped, insulted, dumped, and
raped again, but by a woman the second time
around. I'm not sure she ever learns
Still, Easy is not a misogynistic movie. At
least, it's no more misogynistic than any other
well made adult film, and certainly less so than
any five minutes of a poorly made one. Yet, Easy
could not be made today. You're not going to
find many rape fantasies on your video store's
shelves, and scenes like the one in which St.
James covers her fingers with butter and sticks
them up a blind man's ass are, well, not kosher
by today's standards. If all this were played
like some kind of live action sex cartoon, then
no one would bat an eye. But it's not directed
by an abusrdist. It's intended to be intense,
and it often is. Easy is an old film, but it's
also a kinky one. Don't go mistaking it for dry
hippie porn. It's not.
Self proclaimed (and justifiably so) porn
historian/director Jim Holliday and porn
superstar Jill Kelly offer an audio commentary on
this disc, which is well worth your time.
Holliday fills us in on the real world lives of
the film's stars, though Jill pretty much sits by
his side to point out the differences between the
old days and the current ones. It's fun to
listen to Jill's comments as she watches old
school performers like Georgina Spelvin and
Desiree Cousteau. The differnece between them
and her is striking.
NuTech, again, has done a good job transferring
an old film to a new medium. Porn doesn't have
Steven Spielberg to finance restorations of
classic films, but NuTech is doing a good job of
filling in. The picture looks dated, and the
sound is only as good as what the source material
provided, but it's all still pretty good. You
can't expect much better from such an old film.
At least not in the porn world.