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Vibrations

 

76 minutes · 1968

Drama, Erotic
Restored by UCLA, this 1968 sexploitation feature by Joe Sarno offers plenty of onscreen lovemaking, but it also holds up as a New York indie drama about women fighting or indulging their sexual needs. A repressed poet, living in a small apartment on Times Square, bristles when her loose older sister comes to visit; they share a history of incest, and the older sister complicates things further by getting involved with a trio of swingers in the apartment next door. The sex scenes, shot from the waist up and with the lovers in a continuous state of orgasm, seem tame now; more potent by far is the internal friction between Sarno's undeniably male gaze and his sincere desire to learn what women want. The occasional exterior long shots following characters down the old, seedy Broadway are delectable, propelled by Sandy McVane's funky organ score.

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