Released: Jun 01st, 2000
Running Time: 72
Directors: Marianna Beck, Jack Hafferkamp
Cast: Carol Queen, Amy Jo Goddard, James Bonn, Gina Rome, Shanna McCullough, Tristan Taormino, Claudio (I)
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
This video, like LIBIDO magazine itself, depends for its erotic impact on its words as much as its images. Maybe more. Marianna Beck, a LIBIDO publisher and co-director, introduces the three vignettes: the first involves power games between stud James Bonn and assertive Tristan Taormino; the second pits porn-negative lawyer Amy Jo Goddard (herself a LIBIDO editor) against porn writer Carol Queen; and the closer has Mickey G. teaching Shanna McCullough that to be a good Top, you have to be a good bottom - and then finding that she's learned the lesson quite well.
The film-look video is expertly lensed by Jane Waters (Gloria Leonard's quip that the difference between erotica and pornography is the lighting is well-illustrated here), occasional cameos by Candida Royalle, Michele Capozzi and Betty Dodson (who is also represented by an exquisite pencil drawing framed on a wall), and thought-provoking material will please those who are as interested in mental interactions as they are in genital interactions. Mostly softcore with occasional penetration shots, but this isn't a cheat - the sexuality here is mostly from the neck up.