Joe Sarno has written and directed over 75 feature films in the sexploitation and soft-core subgenres as well as several films in the hard-core genre. Sarno’s work is unique in offering unusual characters, taboo-probing situations and relationships, and psychologically compelling stories, as well as opportunities for his actors to contribute genuine performances. It might not be inappropriate to refer to 1973 through 1974 as Joe Sarno’s shtick period. While Sarno’s filmmaking sensibility is generally perceived to be intensely serious, during this brief two-year span he wrote and directed three features with clear comic intent (Deep Throat Part 2, A Touch of Genie, The Switch), all of which, since that time, have fallen more or less into obscurity.
What do you get when you mix madcap Jewish humor with the Superstars of Seventies adult cinema? A Touch of Genie is director Joe Sarno’s outrageous long-lost tribute to a boyhood spent at raucous Lower East Side comedies (and an adulthood spent writing and directing some of the finest adult films to ever grace a grindhouse screen). Poor Melvin! His meddling mother is making him nutz. His only relief is the covert afternoons he spends at New York’s notorious Times Square porn theaters. One day, Melvin discovers a genie in a bottle. What does he wish? To become his favorite adult superstars and indulge in wild sexual adventures with the sexiest women of the silver screen. Starring Doug Stone as Melvin Finkelfarb and Ultramax – the First Lady of New York Porn! – as his yiddishe mama. Also featuring over-the-top performances by grindhouse greats Harry Reems, Tina Russell, and Eric Edwards. After Hours Cinema presents A Touch of Genie restored from a newly found film element. First time ever on home video!
– A TOUCH OF GENIE feature film
– Interview with director Joe Sarno and star Doug Stone
– Mini-doc from the 4/5/2007 New York City screening
– Booklet featuring photos and historical liner notes
– Joe Sarno Trailer Vault
– SWING GENIE feature film
– JEANIE’S MAGIC BOX feature film
– After Hours Cinema trailer vault
- NTSC Region 1
- 2 Disc Set
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