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Review: Glamazons

If I had a crush April Flores before watching Glamazons I fucking love her now. It’s hard not to, after watching this porno film slash love letter to April. There’s no wonder in my mind why she was awarded Heartthrob of the Year at the 2010 Feminist Porn Awards. While there were plenty of things about the film that didn’t quite work for me, April sure wasn’t one of them.

Glamazons is an “art porn film,” and from what I gather is the third film by Carlos Batts featuring (his wife) April after Alter Ego and Voluptuous Life. From Violet Blue:

Carlos wrote me saying, “April and I first thought of this as an extension of the photography we’d created the first 4 years of our relationship. We shot so much, all the time; we just needed another medium to help document the speed at which we recorded our lives. After making Alter Ego we were hesitant about doing another video project because we were not trying to make a pseudo artist adult film, or gonzo porn. We just wanted to try to document our lives for artistic reasons. The video camera became a natural extension of the art.”

There are sort-of six scenes, or, really, five sex scenes: two partner scenes and three solo scenes. Every scene except for one features April Flores.

Product Specs

Title: Glamazons
Director: Carlos Batts
Studio: Heartcore Films

2010 Feminist Porn Award Nominee

Cast: April Flores, Ruby Violence, Jerry

Length: 118 minutes
Year: 2009

Extras: Behind the Scenes

Synopsis

Does art imitate life? It does in the lives of big, beautiful, adult film star April Flores and her husband, the director Carlos Batts. Experience the artistic interpretation of their fervid fantasies. As a multimedia muse, April’s erotic encounters are captured on film, in photographs and sketches. Various vignettes authentically document an ardent tryst with Ruby Violence, the pole-dancing contortionist crew, a self-gratifying solo scene and Jerry’s Polaroid-inspired passion play.

Scene-by-scene

The Feast of Venus” is imposed on the screen We start with April and Ruby Violence. The entire scene is in soft focus giving a dreamlike quality to it. They kiss, caress, and otherwise play with each other on a couch while an artist crouches a few feet away from them both drawing April over and over on large sheets of paper. This scene is very long. Very very long. It was more enjoyable before I realized I couldn’t hear anything going on in the scene, only the music which seemed to repeat itself and got kind of annoying after a while.

Midway through the scene the women are suddenly wearing different outfits and the lighting changes, most notibly making April’s hair a fire red and impossible to look away from as opposed to the pink-red the soft-focus had given to it. We actually later see them put on these new outfits near the very end of the scene. This is kind of confusing, but adds to the dreamlike feel of the scene.

I wasn’t too impressed with the scene as a whole, but every time April Flores looks at the camera I just melt.

Throughout the film there are multiple interludes which feature April’s “crew” The Glamazons, a group of extremely talented pole dancers who give a good break from the fucking but don’t let the sexual arousal drop. I was seriously in awe of the positions and tricks these women could do.

In the next scene we first see April and another woman walking down a hallway naked. It then cuts to April and the woman ripping apart the stockings April is now wearing, first sitting and then while crawling up a set of stairs. While they crawl we can see a man in a ski mask on the landing above them. Once we get to the upper landing April is blindfolded and squatting with her ripped hose on while the man in the background starts jerking off behind her, presumably getting ready to fuck her. Then the scene is cut away never to be returned to again. I don’t understand.

Now we see April playing with a Barbie doll. In case we are too sex stupid at this point to understand the metaphor symbolized by this we are given a title for the scene: April vs. Doll that symbolizes unrealistic ideas of beauty. She rips the head off the doll then proceeds to rub her clit with the Barbie’s feet and only slightly insert it into herself (which I was thankful for, I kept thinking that those pointy permanently-heeled feet would be pointy and uncomfortable!) before she pulls out a jelly dildo to fuck herself with. I was saddened by this, but managed to mostly ignore the use of a toxic toy and enjoy the scene.

After another interlude of more pole dancing we get to the only scene not featuring April: Girl with Black Hair. We see Ruby Violence again but, this time, in a solo scene in the same location as the first scene with her and April. The lighting is strange, polarized kind of? And like the other scenes we cannot hear her as she plays with herself, which is extremely disappointing. Ruby looks kind of bored during the scene, and that made me get bored with it as well.

Another pole dancing scene this time dancing for April in some strange lighting interspersed with a regular routine. Probably my favorite of the pole dancing scenes. Then we are back with April in a hotel room where she is trying on shoes and getting dressed. She talks directly to the camera and is incredibly adorable and sexy. She starts naked puts on each piece of clothing deliberately like a reverse strip-tease, and ends up putting on two different outfits by the time the scene is over.

There is some more pole dancing in the middle of the scene, breaking it up a little bit between the outfits, and then we get to watch April to use a rabbit vibe on herself. This is the first time in the movie we can actually hear moaning and coming! It is extremely sexy and very welcome. This and the next scene are, without a doubt, my two favorite scenes.

Now that April is dressed it’s time for her to be fucked, of course. Some of the cutting in this is strange, we see a lot of different things going on, some of which don’t make sense. There are basically two scenes that go on, one all in green and the other in black and white. In green we see images of April in bondage with another woman, then April out of bondage while the other woman still is, then the other woman being fucked. The green is somewhat distracting and just odd.

In black and white we see Jerry snapping Polaroids of April (I don’t think I’ve seen old school Polaroid pictures in ages!) before fucking her in a few different positions. Unfortunately, though, music again dominates any other sounds in the scene until the very end of it, the last minute or so, right before Jerry pulls out to give us the money shot.

The single “behind the scenes” feature is at the very end of the film after the credits (it’s also an option on the DVD menu). We get to see April getting molded for her Voluptuous CyberSkin® Pussy!

While I loved April in the film there were just too many technical issues which bothered me. There was no moaning or any other sex sounds in the majority of the film, instead music was overlayed. This is probably because a lot of the scenes either were made up of lots of different cuts and some (the first one specifically) weren’t really shown in order. While I could appreciate the artistic visual stimulation I wanted to hear some fucking.

Overall this film solidified two things in me. One: I love April Flores. Two: artistic porn is just not my cup o’ tea.

A big thank you to Good Releasing for sending me Glamazons to review!

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    Oh man, I know EXACTLY what you mean. I watched Behind the Red Door and felt similarly overwhelmed by the artsy factor. You are not alone in wanting to hear sounds! That would drive me up the wall.
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