Excellent Brad opus, with fine acting and writing.
Brad Armstrong shares screenplay credit with Allyson Smith (they also collaborated on "Skin Deep") and the results are among his better Wicked features. Devinn Lane and Steven St. Croix both score highly in the acting department.
This is a serious movie, albeit pornographic, concerning a martinet of an orchestra conductor/composer as played in wonderfully sarcastic style by St. Croix, who falls for his new cellist, Devinn Lane. Early sexy shots of her sawing away at her instrument, spreadeagled in her orchestra chair vaguely reminded me of a far different erotic film in this genre, the wonderful '70s sex comedy starring reigning Euro sex star Laura Antonelli and comedian Lando Buzzanca, a surprising drive-in movie hit in America that helped launch her estimable export career here.
But Brad is not in a comical mood, instead painting a picture of extreme sexual harassment in the workplace not unlike today's scandal headlines, but set in the world of classical music.
Lane objects to Steven's bad behavior but ultimately succumbs, her career being on the line. She becomes something of a muse for him, and the movie's intensity is well-controlled by Armstrong, working with a fine cast that includes Aria (perfect name for the assignment) as an ultra- sexy violinist as well as fellow musician Jessica Drake and perfectly selected Bridgette Kerkove as a whore he picks up on the street by Steven to service Devinn in the backseat of his limo. Asia Carrera also has some fine dramatic moments as the maestro's put-open wife, and the theme of his impotence (both musically and in bed) is well developed.
Previous IMDb reviewer trashed the musical score but that is clearly a matter of taste, as I found it both appropriate to the material and invigorating. This was a 4-day shoot, not one of Brad's blockbuster productions, but quite rewarding.
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