Massagi particolari (Special Masseuse)
Special Masseuse presents a lurid examination of a world of wealthy gents who buy their pleasure from glamorous masseuses, who, with a nudge, a wink and a deep understanding of the international euphemism, offer sir ďsomething specialĒ. Iím never sure of whether movies of this ilk are intended as a satire on the decadence of the moneyed classes or simply unabashed, if elegantly made smut. Oh, who am I kidding? As this 2002 production unashamedly lends an unrealistically glossy perspective to its exploitative scenarios, itís Kleenex at the ready all the way, chaps!
Two standout scenes bookend some standard (though well shot and styled) strong action thatís biased towards anal and double penetration. The first of these sees Andrea Nobili very much playing the decadent gentleman of leisure, sipping a little glass of Campari as he observes Valentina Valli (AKA Natalka/Lenka etc) putting on a stylised lesbian show with Julie Silver, before the latter masturbates as she watches the gorgeous Valentina, looking just about as good as Iíve ever seen, submissively offering up her delectable rear for Mr Nobiliís depraved pleasure. Superb stockings, foundation garments and a pleasing air of elegant debauchery make for a stimulating scene, clearly designer to cater to particular tastes.
The final scene, with a sting in its tail, sees Christoph Clark virtually commandeer proceedings. In characteristic manner, he masters Julieís ass. She looks great in a scene intimately lit in the mode of Salieri, allowing Christoph to thoroughly molest her most intimate of regions by dildo, dick and fingers. True, the scene is a little long and regular Clark viewers will doubtless have seen it all before but itís still a luxuriantly decadent scene with plenty to appeal to admirers of female feet and legs in high-quality nylons.
Iíve seen the day that I would spend hours attempting to put names to faces for you dear readers, deciphering exactly who is being referred to by the vagaries of the cast list compiler. This time around my patience has been tested beyond endurance, so suffice it so say that we also see a frizzy haired blonde entertain three guys, a lusciously busty brunette does a duo, and the delightful Vanessa AKA Romana does likewise Ė she looks really hot in her scene and though her naturally horny nature is slightly suppressed by the overly directed feel of the scene.
The acting, from Nobili in particular, is dismal and the story virtually worthless, and, with the odd exception, the directorís dogmatic approach means I canít make even many claims for the sex being particularly inspiring or passionate. The movie has pretensions to a class and style that, scrabbling around in the dirty details, it never really achieves. That said, the strong points that prevent Special Masseuse from being a dead loss are largely thanks to the care and attention thatís been put into making the girls look absolutely fabulous, in terms of hair styling, make up and most importantly costuming. Itís simply a real treat for viewers who appreciate elegantly dressed ladies in fine lingerie and hosiery allowing decadent gentlemen to have their wicked way.
With that in mind, itís clear the movie has been shot from a fetishistís perspective, with careful emphasis of detail: long legs in a variety of sheer stockings, curvaceous figures in girdles, sweet tongues parting glistening lips and teasing thick, erect nipples, manicured fingers curling around stiff pricks. These details can be enjoyed at your leisure thanks to a combination of languid pacing and well chosen shots Ė the camera style eschews the wobbly cam approach to reflect some highly pleasurable perspectives on a uniformly attractive cast.
So, beautiful girls, anal sex, and high quality nylons Ė condensed
to these simple constituents Special Masseuse is simultaneously instantly
satisfying and eminently forgettable, save for the luscious and lingering
memory of lovely girls looking their best.