This movie borrows ideas from the mainstream film 'sex, lies & videotape. It features one of the top names in adult films, Victoria Paris.
Paris plays a woman with a lot on her plate. She's a businesswoman, a wife (married to Peter North) and a part-time college student who is involved in a research project on human sexuality. This involves observing tapes of couples making love. Victoria finds that watching all this filmed sex has brought out a voyeuristic side of her nature, and she spends more and more time alone, watching and fantasizing. Soon she's making excuses to her husband about working late and asking friends to cover for her at work.
Things really start to get out of hand when, to further her research, Victoria rents adjoining rooms at a cheap motel, setting up one room as a surveillance center for the other. She then observes couples as they check in at night and make love. Typical of the customers is Randy West, whose wife is not satisfying him so he comes here with a prostitute, played by Leanna Foxxx. Leanna doesn't look like the kind of girl you'd find on the street, however.
Deeper and deeper Victoria gets into her fantasies, and it is having a major negative impact on her life. She finds it increasingly difficult to explain her constant absences to her boss and her husband. As the film draws to a close everything she has worked for in her life in threatened by these uncontrollable desires she has.
Ms. Paris has always been a favorite of mine. Some criticize her as not a passionate enough performer but I don't find this criticism valid. She often projects an image of sweetness and vulnerability, an image enhanced no doubt by her looks--she's blonde and voluptuous with a baby face. (I think she resembles actress Jennie Garth facially.) Some may complain that Paris has too much solo time on screen. I myself didn't care for the extended use of grainy b&w footage used in the surveillance scenes. These objections are at least partially mollified by the unusually strong story, however. Additional female cast include Cassidy, Melanie Moore and Celeste. 'Sex Under Glass' is definitely a cut above most X-rated movies.
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