3/3/14

SEX, 1915-STYLE

Did I mention that "ROB THE MOB" OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE ANGELIKA ON MARCH 18th AND IN LA AND OTHER SUBURBAN STYLE LOCALES A WEEK AFTER THAT?

To celebrate that fact,  and in keeping with our theme/experiment of using sex to desperately try to attract a little attention to this blog, here's a quite engaging, occasionally astonishing porn-flick shot in 1915 titled "A Free Ride."  Considered by porn-scholars to be one of the earliest surviving "stag" films, it is believed to have been shot in New Jersey. In it, a man who looks like a Keystone Cop (is this what all men looked like in 1915?) is driving along when he spots two horny young women ambling about. (The fact that they have no ride and no male accompanying them seems to mark them as probable strumpets). Into the car they go. Into the countryside they all go. The first step is a series of mutual urinations. (Is that how things always kicked off in 1915?) In due course the man has sex with both women. There's some oral copulation too.

The film is fascinatingly asexual--perhaps due to the fact that it now looks like a Fatty Arbuckle film--we simply can't look at films from this era without their antiquity consigning them to the ash heap of dead cultural artifacts. But that's also what makes them interesting, right? Personally, I love this film and hope that the three participants--who, if alive, would be approximately one-hundred and thirty years old--were handsomely consumated--er, remunerated--for their noble efforts, performed one forgotten afternoon in a scrubby, back-country location far from prying eyes. They probably would have all been sent to prison for a long time had anybody stumbled upon the shoot. Imagine...



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