Friday, February 13, 2015

Cinema cycle - Playboy's Fabulous Forties: The Girl Next Door All Grown Up



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE: 02/13/2015

TITLE: Playboy’s Fabulous Forties: The Girl Next Door All Grown Up

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 49 minutes 45 seconds
 
DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 12 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1078.6

SYNOPSIS: Six previous Playboy Playmates reminisce about their lives, loves, accomplishments and fantasies 20 years later.
 
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: You aren’t getting older, you are getting better. There is pornography and then there is good pornography.  Being young and beautiful is overrated.

PROS AND CONS: I have a bunch of Playboy content on Laserdisc.  These were produced back in the 80s and 90s when Playboy was trying to expand it’s media reach into the home entertainment market.  The content included calendar summaries, individual playmate profiles, video magazine, and special interest (The Girls Of Rock & Roll, etc), all of which were available on VHS and Laserdisc.
 
This is one of the special interest discs highlighting how you aren’t over the hill if you are over 40 years old.  As far as the content goes, it is all pretty much softcore porn, but considering how times have changed, you see much more revealing stuff at the supermarket check out stand or on a Miley Cyrus video these days.
 
The fantasy scenes and interview segments on this disc are mostly forgettable and not that inspiring, but they are very well done.
 
The difference between bump and grind pornography and these segments are the fact that these scenes have tracking shots, boom cameras, production design staff and makeup artists.  They didn’t not do these on the cheap, which give a very professional look to the content.  
 
It is interesting to note that the women portrayed here focus more on the concept of sensuality from the female perspective than on the concept of physical pleasure through sexual contact.  In that aspect, this media is miles removed from present day pornography, which is almost like watching Olympic events that revolve around sex.
 
The one segment that stood out in my mind was the drive-in movie vignette in which three 40 something playmates drive three vintage cars into a deserted drive-in at night and proceed to pance around in their birthday suits while a movie flickers on the big screen.  It was memorable, because the cars were; a 1957 Cadillac convertible, a 1955 Edsel convertible and a 1957 Chevy BelAir hardtop.  All the cars were the same color red.  Hubba, hubba (the women were good looking as well).
 
To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.
 
This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.