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Faust: The Power of Sex

Studio: Private » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 1/5/03

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

Faust: The Power Of Sex (AKA: Private Black Label 26)


Genre: Feature, Anal, Foreign

Director/Producer/Writer: Jose M. Ponce

Cast: Nacho Vidal, Belladonna, Claudia Claire, Tony Ribas, Claudia Jameson, Franco Roccaforte, Isha, Jazmin, Mandy Bright, Max Cortes, Mia Stone, Rita Faltoyano, Robby Blake, Sophie Evans, Sara Bernat

Length: 100 minutes

Date of Production: 8/02 (production notes), 9/02 (credits), 10/02 (box)

Extra's: trailer to movie and 5 others, photogallery to movie, photogallery of behind the scenes stuff, 13.5 minute long interview with Nacho and Toni (AKA: The Report), cast biographies, production notes, widescreen format, double sided dvd cover, credits

Audio/Video Quality: There varied a lot depending on the scene. I think most of the visual variations were tied to what the director was trying to do for the story but it'd be nice if he remembered this was a porn movie first, and an artistic vehicle second. The audio was good except for the voice over narration which was way too intrusive and the loud music.

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Review: Faust is Private's answer to the classic tale of a man torn between good and evil, desire and restraint, and even vaginal versus anal. Seriously though, the director tried to get as much artistic footage here as sex which is typically not a good thing. Personally, I think the movie has a lot of stroke potential but could've been much better had it followed a bit more of a linear track with regard to the scenes themselves.

In the production notes, the dvd advertises that there are "no less than 12" sex scenes. While that may be true, many of them reminded me of an Andrew Blake show where some of the scenes were barely a warm up. Most of the time, the scenes melt into one another and often enough, they begin in the middle of the act or end before the cast appeared done. I suppose you could say it was a form of hell to watch-looked pretty interesting but was unsatisfying more often than not.

Most of the women are lean, European, and have a hungry look that is often missing in many domestically released porn movies. If that's what you like, you're in for a treat. If you prefer that one scene finish before another begins, or even that the sex go from oral, to vaginal, to anal, to DP in that order/without skipping anything, you'll be wondering if there was really an editor of if half the footage was lost in an accident.

Fans of surreal sex, coupled with stylish photography, and body paint/make up will also have a lot to look forward to in what amounted to a hard core version of an Andrew Blake movie, albeit with a cast that was obviously less attractive. If I were to guess at how many actual scenes there were here, I'd say closer to 6 full scenes.

Summary: Despite my reservations, there was a lot of hardcore sex with attractive women here. This makes up for a lot of the goofy, pretentious stuff that the director tried to jam down our throats. If you keep your fast forward button handy, you'll find this one fairly enjoyable as a rental. If it went on sale, a purchase might even be in order for fans of the performers.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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