Subject: AFU Party at Kitty + Stallone's [As I mentioned a year ago, in March 1992] Sylves
From: linden@positive.Eng.Sun.COM (Peter van der Linden)
Subject: AFU Party at Kitty & Stallone's
[As I mentioned a year ago, in March 1992]
Sylvester Stallone did indeed get his first movie acting role in a porn
movie, called "Party at Kitty and Stud's". This movie came out in
1970, when Sly was but 24 years old, living in Hell's Kitchen, New York
City, and working a variety of menial jobs (including cinema usher)
while trying to break into the movies. At that time (and still to a
lesser extent) New York City was the hub of US porn film making.
Stallone is the leading man in this X film, and he later acknowledged in
a Playboy interview that he was paid $200 for his role. Unlike his
later films, Stallone seems to have had no part in directing or
producing "Party at Kitty and Stud's".
Stallone made the most of his break, quickly entering mainstream movies
with a role in Woody Allen's "Bananas" the next year. He appeared in
six more films before "Rocky" in 1976, which shot him right to the
top. The canny Sicilian wrote the script for "Rocky", and sold it for
a very low price, on condition that he star in the movie and receive a
share of the profits. "Rocky" went on to win 3 Oscars, including best
picture. It made Stallone's movie career.
Whoever owned the rights to "Party at Kitty and Stud's" capitalized
on Stallone's new-found fame by re-releasing it under the title
"The Italian Stallion" (presumably a reference to the protagonist's
nickname in Rocky). The credits show that the rights to this X
film are owned by "Stallion Enterprises", so they took this theme
all the way.
"Party at Kitty and Stud's/The Italian Stallion" started life as a
genuine pornographic X film, though it has been brutally edited down --
probably at the time it was retitled and re-released. There is a new
prologue where it is implied that they took out the really fun dirty
bits for the re-release. It now completely lacks any semblance of a
plot, and all hard-core exhibitions, so is somewhat hard to follow.
For example, a large mastiff dog appears at one point, but disappears
equally as rapidly, leaving the viewer confused about what was to
happen next. "Party" seems hilariously dated in some ways too, as it
is rife with 60's slang.
At one point Kitty confides to one of her friends that Stud is "so far
out" and "animalistic". At another point Sly enjoins Kitty to "be
careful! You bit me last time." Kitty replies "I'll be velvet-mouthed
on your shank of love!" before dissolving into an unscripted fit of
giggles only partially concealed by burying her head on Stallone's
shank of love. Stallone's best scenes are the ones where he is naked
(which is nearly all of them). The highpoint of the film is probably
where Stallone assists three women one after the other, although all
the overt details are edited out, leaving just the moaning and
Sly-connoisseurs will note that he has a 4 inch scar on his left thigh
under his butt. Far from being a stallion, Sly is actually a man of
modest endowment. His muscular frame, lacking its customary coat of oil,
looks remarkably unimpressive. Some people claim to see undertones of "Rocky"
in "Party", but I couldn't detect any myself, unless they mean the scene
where Sly lightly beats Kitty with his pants belt. Sly lacks his trademark
sneer, and talks normally in "Party".
It is not unknown for a porn movie performer to cross over into
mainstream cinema. I believe Traci Lords has now renounced her porn
film past, and can be seen in minor roles on tv e.g. as a dental assistant
on "Married With Children".
"Party at Kitty and Stud's" has the following credits:
Stud Sylvester Stallone
Kitty Henrietta Hohn
director Morton Lewis
producer Stanley Marxx
script editor Gail Palmer
screenplay Milton Lewis
photography Rolph Laube'
music Kay Leodel
The video is available for rental from The Video Source, 1401 Foxworthy
Ave, San Jose, California (tel 408 265-4002).
You can also find it at Videoscope, El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA.
I can't honestly recommend it, but it has a certain novelty value. Perhaps it
is best appreciated when played in a (heh!) double-header with "Rocky".
Peter van der Linden
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