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Jess Franco’s XXX Files: PHOLLASTIA (1987)

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Directed by “Betty Carter” [Jess Franco & Lina Romay]/Screenplay by Chuck Evans [Jess Franco], Lulu Lavere [Lina Romay]/DP: Terry De Corsia [Jess Franco]/Music: Daniel J. White/Editor: Jess Franco/83m 15s/Video: Fil a’ Films [France]

Additional cast: Carlos Quiroga, Bruce Leduc-rn A. Bartolos Velasco, Rex Robinson-rn C. Gonzalez Ordi, Traci King-rn Elisa Mateo, John Olms-rn Saez Montoro. [Credits from OBSESSION: THE FILMS OF JESS FRANCO which also lists an alternate French video title, Fellations Sauvages]

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Above: The Carrington’s party in the mirror room…

Produced by “Phalos Films”, Madrid, this is rather upscale for a Jess Franco hardcore. Hiring a cast of experienced Spanish hardcore professionals and featuring some gleaming, mirrored sets, this shot-in-Benidorm sex comedy parody of the 1980s ABC primetime soap opera, DYNASTY (1981-1989),  has some interesting images and is staged with the kind of care a slightly more than average budget allowed.

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Above: All in the family….

The Carrington family, including the cheating husband Blake and his scheming wife, are at odds over cosmetic expenditures. In the meantime their dysfunctional spawn go their own sex soaked ways. It’s wall-to-wall hardcore orgies of handjobs, blowjobs, group sex and more sex. Franco pulls his camera back more than usual but some of the clever verbal puns were lost on me since my French is nil and I only had access to a poor dub of the ancient French video.

It all suggests that by the late 1980s the hardcore novelty was beginning to wear on Spanish clientele as well as Jess Franco.

Sarcastically referencing DYNASTY’s Joan Collins, Lina Romay isbilled as “Jean Collins” and along with Jose Miguel Garcia Marfa (EL MIRON Y LA EXHIBICIONISTA-1985) are the only faces familiar to me in this show. But this is a film not really interested in….. faces. The costumes look surprising upscale given the genre. Apparently, the money spent on the cast and production made sure that it wasn’t profitable after the box-office was exhausted.*

Treating this as a full feature production with a higher budget and pro porn players to be paid backfired on Franco according to Antonio Mayans, who declined to be in this film and FALOCREST, another hardcore parody shot back-to-back in Benidorm, but acted as the film’s sales agent in the Barcelona market. According to Mayans, in an interview in the defunct FRANCOMANIA WEBSITE, “I wasn’t around when Jess made them. He went to Benidorm and shot them there. It’s different if you happen to be making a movie and – say, after lunch – you start filming a little porn film as well with the same available technicians, the same available actresses. It’s a matter of shooting some porn footage, editing it and then selling iit. Fernando Vidal would put up some money and then he’d do the selling. But to go to Benidorm to make two porn movies, with people, with the structure of a real movie – that simply doesn’t work out and I told him.”**

Also, Franco scholar Francesco Cesari points out that Follar in Spanish = “to fuck” and the Ph, as in Phollastia = F. Yet another subterranean Jess Franco linguistic “joke” buried beneath the layers of hardcore action.

*Spanish ticket sales amounted to  29,693, not enough to show a real profit after productions costs are factored into the equation.  [Thanks to Francesco Cesari]

** Thanks to Nzoog for the translation of this interview, conducted by “Chus” and “Al Pereira”

This is part of a continuing series on Jess Franco’s 1980s hardcore record. FALOCREST (1987), made at the same time and on the same locations as this film, will be covered next.

(C)a295e-jessfrancoh6Robert Monell 2015

Written by Robert Monell

4 marzo 2015 a 1:21 AM

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  1. Great post, Robert! I love to see the blog working again.

    Álex Mendíbil

    6 marzo 2015 at 8:51 AM

  2. Reblogueó esto en kinodetoury comentado:
    rare Jess Franco hardcore porn film item summarized by Robert Monell.

    alexbakshaev

    19 marzo 2015 at 10:32 PM


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