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Released: Nov 01st, 1983
Running Time: 85
Director: Cecil Howard
Company: Command Cinema Corporation
Cast: Bobby Astyr, Lisa DeLeeuw, Eric Edwards, Veronica Hart, Jamie Gillis, Vanessa Del Rio, Arcadia Lake, John Leslie, Tiffany Clark, Kandi Barbour, Samantha Fox
Critical Rating: AA
Director-Producer Cecil Howard may best be described as the master chef of adult cinema. He utilizes only the freshest young talent available, prime direction, and superb scripts. With a pinch of this and a pinch of that, Cecil Howard has created some of the finest adult cinematic feats of our time. Neon Nights, Platinum Paradise, October Silk, Babylon Pink, Fantasex, Foxtrot and Scoundrels are among the premier classics served by Cecil Howard.
Just by the name, Babylon Gold should conjure up exciting visions of some of the above films – some that you probably have already seen or those you never got a change to catch. Various scenes from these films are encased in Babylon Gold, a collection of outtakes and prime scenes from the array of Howard films. For example, the super hot interlude with Veronica Hart and Eric Edwards from the award-winning Neon Nights can always be enjoyed. Another Howard classic pairs covergirl Kandi Barbour as an inexperienced woman who tries to pass herself off as a hooker to veteran actor Ashley Moore. He soon learns of her total lack of experience and tries to give her the benefit of his knowledge.
Perhaps the secret to the success of Cecil Howard films is that he captures the broad range of sexual imagination in the form of the performer’s daydreams. Each scene is either a fantasy of the actor on the screen or of the person in the audience.
The real test of a “Best Of” collection is what’s saved from the cutting room floor. Just think how many great scenes might have been swept away with the morning trash! In the case of Babylon Gold, it may have been in the film’s best interest to rummage through the trash to find some better selections. To be fair, better than half of the footage is fine, lots of sex, lots of action. But the remainder has some problems that must be mentioned. Some of the scenes end before they begin. They are too short, if you close your eyes for a few seconds you miss them. The biggest problem I found, however, is with the editing. The transitions from one scene to another are often choppy and abrupt. Before you are settled into watching one scene, a second is one the screen. Even the presence of an unnamed, young, blonde, nymph announcer can not help divide the various sequences. When she previews individual scenes, she should have done a better job of pointing out which Cecil Howard film they are from.
Babylon Gold serves only to wet your palates for the feasts found in Cecil Howard’s many fine films. Fans should be pleased to learn that Cecil Howard is back in the kitchen whipping up an entirely new film called Firestorm, soon to be released.