original Euro (French/Italian)
title LA MESSE DOREE: IL RITUALE DEL SESSO
[The Golden Mass: A Sex Ritual]
also known as LA ORGíA DEL SEXO [The Orgy of Sex] (Spanish)
director: Beni Montresor
starring: Lucia Bose · Maurice Ronet · Stefania Casini · Yves Morgan
· Benedicte Bucher
couple invites a group of young people to their luxurious villa to introduce
them to the rituals and mysteries of lust. This is psycho-sexual sleaze
with strong religious and surrealistic elements. It deals with David
and Helene, a rich middle-aged couple stuck in a stale marriage, living
in her family's stylish Art Nouveau chateau on the outskirts of Paris.
They invite their circle of swank friends to a dinner party, that will
culminate with a ritualistic deflowering of a young virgin named Marie-Odile.
similar to other Euro celebration sleaze of the time [EROTIC
RITES OF PRIESTESS GEZIALE, BLACK
MAGIC RITES AND SECRET ORGIES, BEYOND
LOVE AND EVIL, et al] but this one - aimed at the mainstream
audience - was banned throughout the continent. Filmmaker Beni Montresor
was so disappointed over the film's reception that he abandoned the
director's chair, concentrating instead on production and costume design.
He eventually migrated to New York's Broadway where he was nominated
four times for Tony Awards. Mr Montresor died from pancreatic cancer
at age 75, October 2001.
was an early film for actress Stefania Casini. She also starred with
boyfriend Joe Dallesandro in Andy Warhol's Bad and BLOOD
FOR DRACULA. She is probably best known for her roles in ONLY
BLACKNESS and Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA.