Gina LaMarca (left) and Sasha Vinni featured on the original 1997 DVD cover for Zazel.
|Directed by||Philip Mond|
Nikie St. Giles
|Music by||Dino and Earl Ninn|
|Edited by||James Avalon|
|Distributed by||Metro Interactive, LLC|
|Running time||126 minutes|
Zazel: The Scent of Love is a highly regarded American hardcore pornographic film, photographed in October 1995 and released the following year. The film was produced by Cal Vista Studios—reportedly made at a cost of $237,000—and was directed by Dutch erotic photographer and filmmaker Philip Mond, who also did the camera work and designed the costumes and special make-up. It was Mond's second hardcore adult feature after Sex Off the Runway—and like his previous film, Zazel also featured a bevy of Penthouse Pets, including 1994 Pet of the Year Sasha Vinni, 1995 Pet of the Year Gina LaMarca, and 1999 Pet of the Year Nikie St. Gilles.
The film included visually elaborate set pieces; extravagant costuming, make-up and body painting; and expensive filming techniques such as underwater photography not normally seen in pornographic films.
- 1 Cast in order of appearance
- 2 Plot
- 2.1 "Blue Siren" sequence
- 2.2 "Wild Orchid" sequence
- 2.3 "Bird of Paradise" sequence
- 2.4 "Jungle" sequence
- 2.5 "Precious Flower" sequence
- 2.6 "Three Musketeers" sequence
- 2.7 "Angels" sequence
- 2.8 "Old Black-and-White Movie" sequence
- 2.9 "Mysterious Union" sequence
- 2.10 "Water Odyssey" sequence
- 2.11 "Diablo d'Inferno" sequence
- 3 2008 DVD and Blu-ray re-release
- 4 Awards
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Cast in order of appearance
- Sasha Vinni - Zazel/Blue Siren/Tiger/Brunette Musketeer/Female Angel/Mermaid
- Grace Harlow - Water Nymph
- Lene Hefner - Tattooed Girl
- Devin Deray - Tattoo Artist
- Anna Romero - Redhead Musketeer/Body Double for Female Angel/She-Devil
- Brooke Lane - Blonde Musketeer/Female Angel
- Antonio Valentino - Winged Male Angel
- Helena - Female Angel
- Gina LaMarca - Seductress
- Jon Severini - Man
- Nikie St. Gilles - Blonde Beauty Mermaid
- Kevin James - Gargoyle/Body Double for Winged Male Angel
- Drew Reese - Demon Man
"Zazel" is the title character, a world-famous artist commissioned to create "the most arousing perfume ever". In the course of devising this scent, Zazel variously paints pictures, views photographs, and wanders among the flowers of her garden, each experience inspiring her to envision a powerful sexual fantasy. The film consists of nearly a dozen individually themed sequences which reference and recreate iconography drawn from mythology, religion, literature, film and even Jungian psychology. These include sirens, water nymphs, mermaids, flowers, the jungle, The Three Musketeers, classic old Hollywood movies, angels and demons, and the Jungian duality of male and female.
Each sequence features an imaginative and novel treatment of sexual activity based on these themes, as well as several visual/anatomical puns achieved through the strategic use of body paint, fetishistic costumes and accessories, and trompe l'oeil camera placement and editing trickery. It is notable that Sasha Vinni, who plays Zazel and also narrates the film, never has heterosexual intercourse in any of her scenes: she simply masturbates and engages in lesbian activities with the other female performers.
"Blue Siren" sequence
In the opening sequence, Sasha Vinni emerges from a pond as the "Blue Siren", her nude body is painted bright blue and multiple arms appear and gesticulate behind her like the Avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. She then performs cunnilingus on the "Water Nymph" (Grace Harlow).
"Wild Orchid" sequence
"Bird of Paradise" sequence
Sasha Vinni appears as an assistant to a male lover/tattoo artist played by Devin Deray. Sasha Vinni shaves Lene Hefner's crotch with a spa razor, rinses it with an urn full of water. The tattoo artist then designs a colorful flower pattern on Hefner's vulva. The trio then engage in sex.
In the "Jungle" sequence, Sasha Vinni's nude body is artfully painted with tiger stripes as she writhes and crawls through tropical vegetation.
The scene ends with a close-up shot of a woman (whose face is never seen) with a tiger's face painted on her buttocks. The woman rides a man's penis, creating the illusion that the tiger's face is "fellating" him.
"Precious Flower" sequence
This is sequence is yet another variation on the flower motif as Sasha Vinni is shown penetrating herself with flower-shaped objects and masturbating.
"Three Musketeers" sequence
In the "Three Musketeers" sequence, Sasha Vinni, Brooke Lane and Anna Romero appear in 17th-century-style period costume based on the characters of the Dumas novel. They strip, kiss, perform cunnilingus on one another, and masturbate by penetrating themselves with rubber dildoes which they have outfitted on the back of their riding boots like spurs.
The "Angels" sequence is filmed in bright, diffuse light and features three women (Sasha Vinni, Brooke Lane and Helena) as "Female Angels", each with elaborately knotted hair and coated in pale, peach-colored body paint. These three female angels perform various sexual acts with a similarly painted man outfitted with giant angel's wings (Antonio Valentino)—the "Winged Male Angel". (Anna Romero and Kevin James served as body doubles.)
"Old Black-and-White Movie" sequence
The black-and-white sequence is the only one to feature no lesbian sex at all, and it is also the only part of the film in which Sasha Vinni does not appear. It begins with Gina LaMarca as "the Seductress", wearing ornate white pasties over her breasts with a matching white crotch guard (see main DVD cover above), gyrating on a bed.
The fetish accessories are soon removed and she and her male partner (Jon Severini) engage in various sexual activities. Cross-cutting from the man's final ejaculation on her belly, they are also seen performing a tumbling dive into a swimming pool while holding hands and then resurfacing to embrace and cuddle in the water.
"Mysterious Union" sequence
Sasha Vinni performs a sensuous erotic dance with one half of her face and body painted and dressed as a woman in a skirt, and the other half made up as a mustachioed man wearing a suit. Vinni takes turns showing her "female" and then "male" side to the camera while the other half remains hidden in shadow and out of view. The sequence concludes with an outlandish-looking woman—shaven-headed except for a teased-up lemon blonde mohawk (which might be a wig) and with spangled clothespins fastened to her nipples—who is seen to be fellating an ornate glass perfume bottle.
"Water Odyssey" sequence
In the penultimate sequence in the film, Sasha Vinni and Nikie St. Gilles appear as mermaids outfitted with tail fins. They dispense with the mermaid accessories and engage in lesbian activities. As in the "Blue Siren" sequence, some of the cunnilingus activity is filmed underwater.
"Diablo d'Inferno" sequence
The "Diablo d'Inferno" sequence features Anna Romero as a "She-Devil" in a fetishistic red latex devil's costume—outfitted with red latex horns, red latex ballet boots, open-bottomed red latex hot pants, and a long red latex forked devil's tail protruding from a red flared dildo attachment that is embedded in her rectum. (Although Sasha Vinni appears in this costume on the U.S. video cover [see above], only Anna Romero wears it in the film.) During this sequence the lower portion of the screen is filled with digitally superimposed flames for atmospheric effect.
The She-Devil sneaks up behind Zazel, who is sitting at a table airbrushing a design of the She-Devil and her costume, and "decapitates" the artist with a scythe. The She-Devil crawls around Zazel's freshly "severed" head, now placed upon the table. The She-Devil thrusts her vulva into Zazel's face.
The scene continues with the She-Devil (now without the tail-dildo) having sex with a "Gargoyle" (Kevin James) and a "Demon Man" (Drew Reese), which ends with a vaginal/anal double penetration.
2008 DVD and Blu-ray re-release
In 2008, Cal Vista re-released Zazel on DVD in a re-mastered high-definition widescreen two-disc edition; a blu-ray edition followed soon after. The bonus features included a deleted scene as well as a preview of Zazel 2.
- Listed as "26th" in "The 101 Greatest Adult Tapes Of All Time" by AVN Magazine.
- Winner - Seven AVN Awards (1998):
- Best All-Sex Film
- Best Group Scene
- Best Cinematography
- Best Art Direction
- Best Editing
- Best Overall Marketing Campaign
- Best Selling Tape of the Year
- Winner - AVN Award (2009):
- AVN Staff (August 2001). "The 101 Greatest Adult Tapes Of All Time". AVN. Archived from the original on 2001-10-04. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- AVN Staff (January 1998). "The 1998 AVN Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- AVN Staff (January 2009). "The 2009 AVN Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved 2011-08-01.