Released: Jul 01st, 1986
Running Time: 90
Company: High Class Video
Cast: Francois Papillon, Jamie Gillis, Joey Silvera, John Leslie, Candie Evans, Melissa Melendez, Jon Martin, Patti Petite
Critical Rating: AA
Boy, did I want to like this video! Woman in the Window starts out as a nifty little piece of "porn noir," but ends up being just noir. Joey Silvera stars as a filmmaker on the skids, drinking too much because Patti Petite left him for his best friend and partner John Leslie. Things have gotten so bad that Leslie bets Silvera that he can't even make a good XXX'er. If he can, Silvera receives double salary, if he can't, he checks himself in to get dried out.
During their conversation, Silvera has a few flashbacks: one very steamy sequence with Petite, and an imagined scene with Leslie and Petite. Both of these scenes generate heat! Silvera and Petite give off an animal magnetism, and there seems to be genuine emotions as well as a variety of positions. The scene between Leslie and Petite is highly stylized; the two players go at it on a black waterbed in an empty room (Leslie sunglassed the entire time). We're off to a great start!
But from here, Silvera goes to Frisco to make his film and this feature goes downhill, becoming the average shot-on-video (insignificant storyline, poor technical quality, etc.). Silvera sees a woman doing an erotic dance through his telescope, becomes obsessed, and somehow ends up in bed with her. There's one good sex sequence with Francois Papillon as a very muscular Tarzan getting the best of two jungle cats, but the other sequences are dull!!! The photography is very odd, using close-ups and angles that make the sex appear tedious, instead of fun. And this lighting job is as bad as Wrigley field! The shadows are so bad, that at times you can barely make out body parts. Sound quality is disappointing as well, and some of the audio images appear fuzzy.
What a letdown. The first 15 or 20 minutes of Woman in the Window are funny, innovative, and very steamy, but after a great intro, we're left with nothing much to look at.