The Rialto Report takes a detailed look back at the making of The Naughty Victorians: An Erotic Tale of a Maiden’s Revenge (1975).
This episode running time is 76 minutes.
The Naughty Victorians is not your typical New York adult porn film.
For a start it’s a costume drama set in Victorian England. It’s based on an underground literary classic, the notorious, sado-masochistic erotic novel The Way of a Man with a Maid which was published over a century ago. The film’s director was a successful figure in theater and television who’d never see an adult film before, and the film even boasts an unlikely English thespian in the lead male role.
But in other respects the subject is well suited to New York porno chic. It tells the story of Jack who lures women into an erotic torture chamber in his house, where he has an impressive collection of whips, restraints and bondage devices. There he forces them into submission before they conspire to have their revenge.
It’s an impressive production, with a witty script, entertaining performances, and great set and costumes. Hugh Hefner even described to to be “the best, most professionally produced erotic film today”.
On this episode of The Rialto Report, we’re joined by the director and two leads of The Naughty Victorians who talk at length about their memories of it, as well as our special guest co-presenter, Laura Marks, whose current work focuses on hardcore film adaptations of Victorian literature.
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