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One of a kind -hippie porn from De Renzy
lor_ from New York, New York
12 April 2011
Alex De Renzy's position in the porn pantheon is secure, both as a
pioneer and just for delivering the goods. LITTLE SISTERS is a prime
example of the inventiveness of the man, combining irreverence and an
anything goes approach with some real feeling for the film medium.
Intentionally sloppy, the movie for all its XXX explicitness in content
actually resembles an underground film -closer to Robert Downey Sr.
than to porn. Why it has been all but forgotten is likely due to
availability -only showing up currently in a truncated version on an
Alpha Blue Archives two-fer, rather than getting the deluxe reissue
treatment so many mediocre films receive from ABA's relatively
pretentious video competitors.
With the cast bursting into song at will and generally looking like
hippies, druggies or even bikers that De Renzy recruited for
walking-around money, film is even more loosey-goosey than its later
East Coast counterparts, as in the work of Shaun Costello. Like
Fellini, at times De Renzy doesn't seem to be directing at all, but
rather throwing a party or orgy where his players are left to their own
Excuse for a story is built around a protective mom and her two young
daughters living on a farm. Nearly the entire film is shot out of
doors, which gives it a fresh look. She goes to visit the local miller,
and a gang of long-haired creeps kidnap her girls in her absence, for
gang-raping purposes, including plenty of mixed-combo action. Beautiful
Clair Dia is the redheaded youngster, tagged as only 12 years old (no
kiddie porn fears here) and her older sister is a beautiful brunette
whose nipples briefly take center stage.
The gang leaves a nasty note for mom to find, signed "The Dykes" in
order to divert her attention and assign the crime to a rival gang of a
dozen lesbians, who loll around a pool making love all day. Mom has the
predicted altercation with the lezzies, but oddly enough they are moved
by her maternal story and head out en masse to rescue the young damsels
in distress, while mom searches alone.
The lesbians make short work of the bad guys, who are led by familiar
GREEN DOOR graduate Tyler Reynolds, beating them all to a pulp.
However, they follow suit and subject the two girls to violent lesbian
rape! However tasteless the material becomes, De Renzy maintains a
light-hearted "all in fun" mood, with several overt comedy sequences.
For example, mom heads to a local friar (always humorous Dale Meador)
to seek help, only to find he's presiding over a satanic-styled
homosexual cult with a nude guy on an altar being readied for presumed
Mom escapes the clergy's clutches and a fantasy figure Derek the Dwarf
appears magically. Since maintenance of the morals of the Woods is
under his care, he takes charge to save the day. With comically speeded
up footage Derek beats up all the lesbians, saving the girls who are
reunited with mom. Derek reads the riot act about the sanctity of the
Woods to everybody and the gang of rapists hand out flowers to one and
all, singing "America the Beautiful" at fadeout. It's heartwarming
family (Manson family?) entertainment, De Renzy style.
Though not really providing the sex-as-aid-to-masturbation contents the
audience would expect, LITTLE SISTERS is a time capsule of a period
when hardcore porn was still in a damn-the-torpedoes mode. Moreso than
the year's breakthrough hit DEEP THROAT, it provides a continuity to
what was going on in the rest of post-EASY RIDER cinema, not so much
the mainstream Hollywood attempts to ape Peter Fonda & Dennis Hopper's
fluke success but rather the introduction of new and unrestrained
voices which have morphed in the intervening four decades into what is
commonly lumped as the independent film movement. But I'd like to see a
new indie movie as rambunctious as this one!
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