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American Babylon [English]

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Description: AKA: Babylon U.S.A.
Review:
The late Roger Watkins' last major pornographic opus, still shot on 35mm as opposed to his subsequent video DECADENCE (ironically, the most readily available of his challenging movies on DVD, distributed by Caballero), the aptly titled American BABYLON remains an adult film unlike any other before or since. Not everyone might agree that this is a good thing. Those looking for a quick fornication fix and a few cheap thrills could be motivated to flee the premises in desperate frustration. Way ahead of its time in its bold mixture of complex, multi-layered narrative and explicit sexual content, this officially still hard to see work should be painstakingly restored and pristinely remastered and then geared towards the discerning art-house crowd, who should finally be able to appreciate Watkins' amazing achievement. Middle American middle class mores are at the heart of this savage satire, the closest this most downbeat of directorial deities – whose most "mainstream" effort was the incomparable LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET ever came to anything that could be accurately described as comedy though many may not think it is funny, because they're feeling targeted perhaps ?
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