Laura's Toys (1975) from Tuna
Laura's Toys is a skin-flick made by industry legend Joe Sarno in the
days when he was afraid of US censorship laws and worked in Germany
and Sweden. This one was shot on a Swedish island and, typical of
Sarno's films, the performers had real sex on camera, but the film was
shot and edited to look like a soft-core. It was Sarno's belief that
people actually having sex are more convincing than people simulating
sex. I can't argue with that. He also believed that this took a great
deal of pressure off the performers, and with the help of good
casting, often resulted in real on-camera orgasms. That was the case
here. Porn superstar Eric Edwards, who was a trained actor, played the
male lead against Mary Mendum as his wife, and Cathja Graff as his
assistant. Cathja was one of Sarno's discoveries. Edwards and Graff
developed a real thing for each other, and their sex was frequent and
hot both on and off camera. Edwards never felt the same with Mendum,
although he worked with her frequently.
The three characters are doing archeology research on a remote island. Edwards is the expert. Cathja is his student assistant, and it is Mendum's job to be bored to death and distract Edwards from working. Things get more interesting when Mendum's school chums, including Anita Ericsson, arrive. It seems Mendum and Ericsson were lovers from age 11 until quite recently. Mendum visits Ericsson, and Edwards and Graff finally do it. Mendum sees them, and at first plots revenge.
The nudity is nearly constant, but not that explicit, especially during the sex, when Sarno prefers to focus on the women's faces. Sarno believes that suggesting sex and showing real emotion is sexier than genital close-ups, and I agree completely. Even though the entire plot of the film concerns sex, it never becomes boring or repetitive, and is believable, given a 70s frame of reference. All three of the leads can actually act and, as Peggy Sarno pointed out in the special features, Graff announces her orgasms with veins that bulge out of her forehead.
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