Latest spawn in the venerable Hungarian ex-pat dynasty that dominated British heritage cinema from the '30s to '50s, as well as being openly and unapologetically gay, Istvan Korda set his sights on a different kind of motion picture, the type that featured pretty boys from his homeland "au naturel" and engaging in activities that his grandparents surely would have frowned upon. Gaining a foot in the door, as it were, by shooting fresh Balkan beauties in coy simulated solo action for notoriously penny-pinching Prowler Press in the UK, Korda eventually branched out into hardcore territory, combining an anglicized first name with an anagram of his second and "Steve Cadro" was born.
Production values prove invariably modest, extensive location shooting (in this particular case, the Austrian Alps, but the island of Bali being another favorite of his) notwithstanding, and the models are nowhere near as polished or air-brushed as Bel Ami's who pretty much cornered the Euro twink market from the '90s onwards. Yet it's precisely these rough edges that make these young men so potently appealing. As cute as puppies and just as eager to please, their awkwardness seems refreshingly innocent when compared to the prurient proficiency that lurks behind those deceptively wide-eyed gazes of the Bel Ami star constellation.
Threadbare premise has a group of youthful hunks fooling about on the snow-covered slopes and retreating in groups of two or three to have sex in the garishly furnished ski lodge. Some of these guys have worked with Cadro before or since, but for quite a few it was to be their single shot at intimate immortality. Cover boy Bert Norfaz may be the most gorgeous of the lot but only performs solo. Real stand-out would be lusciously lipped bottle blond Thorn Black who feels himself up in front of a full length mirror until interrupted by bubbly blond Tsaba Kesso and smoldering brunette El Volcano for an enthusiastic threesome that fully lives up to latter performer's chosen moniker.
Joss Hoyos is the hairy-chested hottie with muscular Lucca Borghia in the opening scene, with supremely slutty Joshee joining them for sloppy seconds and much spilled red wine. Dour-faced Andreas Von Stahl has probably racked up most Cadro credits and exhibits terrific chemistry with captivatingly chubby Brownie Paulay in the film's kitchen closer. Porn without pretense, the endearingly uncomplicated SNOW BALLS provides a textbook example of Cadro's surefire recipe for success : lots of taut-bodied studs in the 18-25 age range, chomping at the bit to pornographically please each other as well as themselves.
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