Les Petites Soubrettes du Grand Hotel
Directed by Ricky Grimaldi
Starring: Jessica Fiorentino, Krystal de Boor, Sandra Key, Giulia Dal Fuoco,
Nikky Blu, Paola Valle, Terry Visconti, Franco 30lance, Luca Bazzluca, Denis
Martin, Fausto Moreno, Andrea Monti, Andrea Nobili, Jackal, Mirone Danola, Miro
Running time: 2hrs 14mins (feature), 33mins (making of), 43mins (extra scenes)
Format: PAL/Region 2 encoded
A polished Italian production, dubbed into French in this Blue One edition,
"The Little Chambermaids of Grand Hotel" is the first I've movie seen
from director Ricky Grimaldi.
The story is simple but effective - as the Grand Hotel is due for demolition
to make way for a supermarket, hotelier Mario, played by Franco 30lance (Trentalance), reminisces
about amorous events during the venerable establishment's golden age. Shown
in flashback, these variously involve the staff and clients, from a nymphomaniac
widow to a smooth film director, and an awful lot of hard sex, most scenes featuring
explicit anal. Only one chambermaid, though! The women are mainly buxom and
full figured, the sets and costumes harking back to a period from the fifties
through the sixties to the seventies, with plenty of emphasis on lingerie, corsets,
heels, and stockings.
It is unusual for me to suggest that more time should have been spent on the
storyline in a porn film, but from reading an article on the movie (report
- in Italian - with screenshots at Video Impulse; credit duly given for
helping me with performer IDs), and from scenes shown in the trailer but not
in the movie, it feels like the narrative and characterisations have been trimmed
back in order to make way for the sex, and it would have helped to realise the
grander aspirations of the tale. There's suggestion in the above article of
hard & soft versions and also two-part VHS and one-part DVD versions, but whatever
is the case, the story suggested in the article is fuller than in this DVD.
For example, just adding a little grey hair doesn't quite give the full impression
of time passing on the scale that it is supposed to, nor does the narration
fully explain the characters, events and motivations - but then I am, of course,
doubtless missing quite a lot due to my own linguistic shortcomings!
I'll leave the criticism at that, but suffice to say that this is a rare case
of a porn film plot almost (and I stress almost) being of interest, and with
the respectable acting, by porn standards, not to mention the obvious time and
effort spent on costumes, location, period vehicles and even a little bossa
nova music to set that mood of nostalgia, it would have been worth actually
dwelling on the story just a little longer. Curtailing the storytelling does,
however, make it easier to simply jump into the aspect of the film that represents
all that many viewers really care about…
The first event to have a wistful eye cast upon it is a little reward arranged
by the manager for gardener Andrea Monti and waiter Denis Martin. They enter
the bar and are treated to lovely brunette Jessica teasing them as she sheds
her coat and reveals red lingerie and stockings. She gives both workers a lot
of wet, deep oral, before the action surprisingly jumps straight into some robust
double penetration. The lucky hotel employees resolutely pound the good time
girl, and though there are a few too many shots of the blokes' faces - and when
they look like this duo, that's really not a good thing - this is pretty
hot stuff. Curvaceous Jessica performs with a real glimmer in her eye, takes
two loads and then sucks off the hotel manager too for good measure.
Sandra is the neglected trophy wife who Fausto Moreno, playing an American ex-pilot,
wines and dines and leads into temptation while her old boy plays cards with
cigar smoking buddies. Brunette Sandra's fulsome figure really benefits from
the sumptuous lingerie and old-fashioned stockings that she wears for this adulterous
liason, and she looks great. Especially when sucking Fausto's dick, riding him
and naturally accepting his thrusting tool deep into her arse. Some clever fish-eye
shots, not for the only time, are framed to highlight stockings and shoes -
this film gives fans with this fetish plenty of food for fantasy.
Denis and the bellboy (Luca Bazzuca), whom I gather is supposed to be Mario
as a young man, spy on the maid as she makes a bed. This is an amusing little
tease, prefacing a full-on romp with the older blonde. She strips off her maid
outfit, revealing corset and stockings, and takes the two young chaps in hand.
And mouth, too, for that matter. She blows them, they fuck her and stuff her
ass too, but a word of caution, for though the sex is hard and fast, and well-shot
too, the fish-eye view does the buxom woman's dimpled bottom few favours.
Krystal De Boor
Though the chapter captions appear to attribute this to someone else, Krystal's
black outfit, including hat with veil, very much appears to suggest she is a
widow, and a merry one at that. When he brings flowers, the bellboy is seduced
by big, buxom Krystal's overpowering charms. He has the onerous task of satisfying
her lust, or rather, with her big boobs spilling out of her corset and her legs
pumping in sheer nylons, she uses him to satisfy it. Naturally her big beautiful
buttocks are parted to allow him to spear her anus, and it all ends with his
come on her slightly over-made-up face.
Sandra, part two
One day by the pool, Sandra is approached by a suave gent, Andrea Nobili, who
clearly has designs on her other than just helping her join him in the movie
business. Later, with her old man presumably still losing at cards, she joins
Andrea for a moonlight stroll in the gardens, which soon turns into a passionate
clinch. More lovely lingerie and extremely flattering stockings are in evidence
as Sandra enthusiastically impales her bum on Andrea's tool and ends with a
spunky reward for her efforts.
Krystal, part two
Not content with his colleague, Krystal is now fluttering her false eyelashes
at Denis, who is far from being a handsome man, and after some passionate kissing,
accompanied by some disappointingly tasteless smoochy music, they get down to
it in a rather similar sex scene to her first - only the lingerie has changed!
Not that it really bothers me, Krystal again looks fabulous (if sweaty, it was
clearly shot on a sweltering evening) and her voluptuous figure is very much
of those times before waif like models were in vogue.
Apparently now the director of the hotel, this being some time later as signified
by hair parted slightly differently and greying at the temples, Denis, along
with Fausto gets together with Paola, another buxom little cochonne (as
my friend Pierre might say), for some energetic sex that sees her well shafted,
without anal for reasons shown in the "making of" footage, by the randy chaps.
She's cute enough in her lingerie and stockings, and it's fine to see her slurp
those cocks after they spill on her face, but she's actually not so pretty on
a second look.
Giulia Dal Fuoco
A "hot", sultry brunette, Giulia joins Fausto on his yacht for a sex session
that makes creative use of the fixtures and fittings. I always wonder why women
with a fit, curvy figure like Giulia consider fake boobs an improvement, but
for whatever reason, she's got them and I suppose they're in keeping with her
rather unnatural looks. The sex is routine if energetic, and includes anal and
a facial come shot that rather blows away on the sea breeze.
Nikky and Jessica
The first part of this scene is an attractive girl-girl encounter between slinky
blonde Nikky and the marvellous Jessica. The pair has a great time peeling off
their colourful swimwear in a bedroom, kissing, licking and eating each other
with a good sense of fun to the fore. They briefly grind pussy on each other's
thighs, before lying back and beckoning in Franco, who has been peeping on this
Franco doesn't need to be asked twice, and soon finds himself benefiting especially
from Jessica's talent for oral. Jessica repeats the feat as Franco removes his
cock from Nikky's pussy, and then rides him herself. Again there's a nice chemistry
among them, reminding us this is about sheer pleasure, something Jessica seems
to find easily whether it be from the cock in her ass, or the come she shares
with her girlfriend.
All that remains is for me to confirm that Les Petites Soubrettes… is indeed
a quality production, with fine technical values and some absolutely glorious
women, presented with a touch of glamour and style, without sacrificing the
harder aspects of sex. By and large, it's a pleasure from start to finish. A
little taste of La Dolce Vita?
The picture quality is top class - easily one of the very best adult DVDs I
have seen, due in part to the original footage being shot using Betacam. The
audio is also excellent, though as always I'd have preferred original sound,
with subtitles instead of dubbing. The sex noises are occasionally a bit much.
The substantial extras really add a lot of value - the "making of" footage is
cleverly linked with each chapter of the movie, so comparison can be readily
made, though be warned it will certainly spoil the illusion, sometimes seriously!
In addition, there's an entertaining selection of clips from older movies from
both sides of the Atlantic, which follow the maid theme. It's perhaps just an
original way of advertising the catalogues of Blue One and Alpha France, but
I did enjoy some clips from the swinging seventies - quite sexy in a starkly
contrasting way to contemporary porn.