Refinements in Love


by Tuna

Refinements In Love is a hardcore effort from Carlos Tobalina that bills itself as a cross between the Mondo films, I am Curious Yellow, and hardcore. I see nothing in common with the Mondo films or the I am Curious films. Actually, it is a series of hardcore scenes tied together and justified by the "redeeming social importance" of a mockumentary about changing sexual mores which zeroed in on the hypocrisy of then-president Richard Nixon.

Some years earlier, Lyndon Johnson had commissioned a panel of 18 to study pornography and its effects on society, and to recommend appropriate legislation. The report advised that all laws regulating pornography for adults be removed because the pornography was not only harmless to adults, but often strengthened marriages. The panel suggested that the government exercise no control of sexual-oriented material other than to restrict the public display of certain kinds of porn, and to take steps to keep it from minors. The commission also strongly advocated detailed sex education for all school students.

By the time the majority report was ready, Nixon was in office. The lengthy report, which contained a great deal of research study data, was leaked to the press a few days before the official release, and the administration went postal. The Nixon camp tried to suppress the report, and then the President himself came out very strongly against it, declaring "I have evaluated that report and categorically reject its morally bankrupt conclusions and major recommendations." In other words, he made it clear that the "Dick" in "Tricky Dick" simply stood for "Richard."

The film, in a supposed interview, discusses the stupidity of Nixon's actions, and suggests that it was unscrupulous politicians, trying to excite the voting public by creating a threat to "American Values," who were the cause of the ridiculous moral restrictions and persecutions in the US. The film ends by zooming out from a contented post-coital couple, showing these words:


To which we would have responded, "Right on, brother. Power to the people." Years later, when the libertarian zeitgeist of the seventies had dissipated, President Reagan formed his own study group, the Meese Commission, which dutifully found porn harmful and proposed ways to combat it.

Wrong on, brother. Power back to The Man.

The politics are used to justify a rather routine sex film. Rene Bond, and several early porn actresses do show everything, and oral and vaginal sex is clearly shown, but the film stops shy of anything too kinky like money shots or anal. The best surprise for viewers is a scene with Rene Bond before her breast enhancement. I had previously thought her hard core career started after the boob job.

There was plenty of product placement, including baby oil, baby powder, cigarettes (the film was against them) and water beds. There was even a song about bouncing together on their water bed. The film was down on telemarketers, suggesting disconnecting the phone before sex. It advocated getting medical help if necessary to improve your sex life, but cautioned against quacks, giving the example of a doctor who "uses his body as a tool" to give his nympho patient her first real climax and cure her. 

The original was not in good shape, but the DVD producers did the best they could to remaster it, resulting in a watchable transfer. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do to change the fact that this was not a good hardcore sex film to begin with, and the redeeming social merit is not strong enough to recommend it.


  • It's a hardcore sex film. The only famous person in it is Rene Bond, who exposes everything in a vaginal penetration scene.


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Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


However, it was of great interest to me as a time capsule, reminding me of long-forgotten attitudes and events. In that light, it excels, and is a welcome addition to my collection. As a time capsule, call it an enthusiastic C+





* widescreen anamorphic, 16:9