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Seduction of The Innocence

As of the date of this Blog, Adult DVD Empire is having a sale on selected titles from New Sensations which includes personal favorites like The Big Lebowski: A XXX Parody (look out for the scorching opening scene between Bobbi Starr and Keni Styles) and Pretty Dirty (Jenna Ross and Mr. Pete are especially good here). This collector’s opportunity really shouldn’t be missed because some of the best erotica currently offered happened to come from this particular studio and their sister company, Digital Sin.

And while we’re on the subject of outstanding hardcore, I want to take this time to direct special praise to a series which is as controversial as it is arousing. The Innocence of Youth is now heading toward its eighth edition since the title first premiered over two years ago, and quite frankly – to quote a certain dance hit of the 1980’s – I just can’t get enough. I have to really hand it to Digital Sin and director Eddie Powell, for delivering a series which arouses and titillates without resorting to shock and sensationalism. The Innocence of Youth series is all about virginal seduction, presented in sensuously produced vignettes which answer the unasked question, “what if Andrew Blake directed the Barely Legal series?” It seems to me that eye-candy like Lily Carter and Kennedy Leigh, and fresh-faced beauties like Mia Malkova and Staci Silverstone would be ideal for the auteur who gave us Hidden Obsessions and Sexy Girls.

This series also allow those who need their normal fix of titles like Fresh Outta High School (my favorite volume is #8 which features a pre-super-stardom Tori Black) and Schoolgirl POV (see #7 for Ashlyn Rae at her sexiest) to further indulge in their Nabokavian fantasies with prospective college co-eds. There’s no doubt that Director Powell pushes all the right (wrong?) buttons when it comes to making me feel like a dirty old man (especially the “dirty” part) but at least these flicks provoke a genuine reaction from my psyche, as opposed to other run-of-the-mill videos which merely elicit boredom and tedium.

I’ve already praised this series beginning with my review of The Innocence of Youth 2 (see Blog posted on August 2, 2012), and since then I’ve caught up with the remaining volumes up through #7. Esteemed Empire Reviewer Oranje felt lukewarm rating to #1 and #2, based on his insightful and candid response to how the movies made him feel, and there’s no doubt that others will react the same way. But what is undisputed is the quality of the production and the distinctive style of the direction and performances. Though dialogue is often kept to a minimum, the female cast are generally pretty damn good (for porn that is) at conveying emotion with their eyes and subtle body language. In other words, the series works well for me and may very well work for you.

Naturally, like any other porno genre, the viewer is subjected to repeated themes, familiar set-ups, and clichés galore. So most scenes introduce our favorite girls acting in a shy yet coquettish manner, and then gradually developing into expert sex kitten. Innocence of Youth 5 introduces Angel Del Rey gradually submitting to Ramon Nomar like a virgin on a first date. Gorgeous Adriana Chechik is a bit more aggressive, preening in a blue maid’s outfit and pouting in bright red lipstick all to the delight of Bruce Venture who spreads her legs on a bathroom counter. Super-starlet Mia Malkova gradually wakes up a slumbering Mick Blue, who turns to her for some morning nookie. Themes and settings are bound to be repeated, and formulas and contrivances are to be expected. However, I would submit that almost any given scene from this series can produce more tension and excitement than an entire porn parody, in which the hardcore is as mechanical and uninspired as the movie itself.

In terms of style and direction, Eddie Powell makes excellent use of natural sunlight streaming through white curtains for a dreamy effect, which makes the overall production look much more classy and artistic than your average gonzo release. Few directors pay attention to details like clothing, but Mr. Powell understands that a frilly pink skirt and girly socks can tap into a more forbidding sexuality than a bikini bottom and hooker heels or other such clichés. Amidst all the endless and lookalike gonzo titles and cutsie satires, originality and style have become an even more endangered species in adult movie-making. Like it or leave it, a series like Innocence of Youth really does stand out and above the crowd.

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