...Christopher Rage Orgy -- Christopher Rage -- DVD
...Director: Christopher Rage
...Christopher Rage's Orgy remains a pioneering work, and served as the inspiration for many party videos that came well after it.
Here's how the original press release decribed the video --
"Christopher Rage's ORGY
is a descent into the fantasy-filled world of orgiastic sex.It is a seemingly endless tangle of arms and legs, cocks and asses, with an extraordinary variety of attractive men.Each of the performers was extremely excited at the prospect of joining eight of the hottest men in the world for several hours of uninhibited lovemaking, and the excitement fills the videotape from beginning to end.The video techniques involved are unlike any that have ever been released and the incredible life-like quality of video lends an authenticity to Christopher Rage's ORGY
that enhances the eroticism enormously."
About the expanded edit and restoration of this classic
In January 1983, Christopher Rage
was at the beginning of his
sixth film, was also his
most experimental to date, getting out of the sex club or bar (or most frequently, out of Rage's apartment!) and making use of a traditional soundstage studio, two cameras, and modern real-time editing equipment.It is that editing equipment, in retrospect perhaps overly utilized, that caused the greatest criticism of ORGY
, as the film tends to jump from scene to scene, mixing up portions, and seemingly interspersing footage from one scene to another.Only after reviewing the source footage did it become apparent that scenes were intentionally interspersed - -and in one case, two scenes filmed simultaneously, making an interesting use of the two-camera shoot. Rage
was the first gay pornographer to use modern video technology, in this case, videotape and the online editing booth.His
cuts were sometimes quick, sometimes slow, sometimes well-timed and at other times (well, charitably) out of place.In particular, the wipe, a technique widely used in film but a transition that took years to reach television, was clearly one of his
edit was experimental and revolutionary for porn.He
later said, "It's really the editing that gives them their shape and form and any concept."Impressive, given that ORGY
was taped in a single evening, with only mere seconds of on-the-street footage shot at a later date edited in. ORGY
was also one of the first films Rage made and licensed certain rights to.In particular, the most popularly-distributed (first on Beta, then on VHS) version of ORGY
is widely criticized as being cut up, the best parts removed, and generally, butchered.This restoration is of Rage's original cut, with specific elements replicated exactly as they appeared on the versions Rage himself sold.The source footage contained extensive additional material, and even an exterior shot of Colon Topor on a Manhattan rooftop looking over the city, used in the commercial edit, but omitted here simply because Rage
did not use it in his
The expanded edit, then, makes use of the additional and extensive footage that never made it into either Rage's
edit, nor the commercial edit sold throughout the 80's and 90's.In creating the expanded edit, it was as though looking through a lens at the scenes captured more than 20 years ago, but with today's eye for transition and flow.The real time edits that Rage
made were cemented into the source footage, and were both difficult to work around, and at the same time, pleasing to work into a longer version.In researching ORGY
, I quickly realized Rage's use of video technology which I initially found annoying and disconcerting ultimately won him great praise and accolades.More than that: Rage
gave definition to a whole genre of porn.
It was - and is - those wipes, cuts and jumping from scene to scene that give ORGY
the feel of an orgy.It's not all smooth fucking and sucking; in real life, there are stops and starts, fits of peak and moments of sheer boredom.Rage
summed up his
approach to ORGY saying, "The real good sex performers, as far as I'm concerned, are people who really want to do something.
As Topar fucks a masked man, director Christopher Rage
keeps the focus on Topar's great ass.
uses close-ups very sparingly, which allows for a fuller view of all the action, though the camera work can be a little distracting as well.Scenes are spliced into something of a montage.