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AEBN Offers ‘70s French Adult Classics

Retro studio Alpha-France and AEBN bring Golden Era titles to VOD
AEBN Offers â70s French Adult Classics
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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008    Text size: 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Video-on-demand provider AEBN has added several titles from European studio Alpha-France. The films were released in the ‘70s and ’80s, and several feature iconic French starlet Bridgette Lahaie.

Produced by Alpha-France founder Francis Mischkind, the titles represent a period of time when hardcore adult films enjoyed mainstream popularity here in the U.S., as well as abroad.

Alpha-France’s Marc Mischkind told XBIZ that since the studio has made the movies available on VOD, he has seen a resurgence in interest for the classic films.

“We just started with AEBN a couple weeks ago and the demand for the Alpha-France classics are very strong,” Mischkind said.

Alpha-France also has a VOD distribution deal with HotMovies.com and Gamelink, and according to Mischkind, is currently HotMovies No. 1 foreign studio. Mischkind expects that the titles will be as popular with AEBN users.

AEBN is debuting one of Alpha-France’s most celebrated films, “Pussy Talk,” in addition to 17 other movies from the studio.

“Movies like these don't get made anymore,” he said. “All the Alpha-France movies were shot in 35mm and are widely considered the classic of classics among European adult companies. In its heyday, Alpha-France created full-length features, released originally on 35 mm film.

“The uber-classic ‘Pussy Talk’ made its premiere in New York City in 1975 and impressed audiences the world over as one of the first explicit blockbusters,” Mischkind said. “Other titles debuted in six company-owned theaters in Paris in the 1970s and early ‘80s, where runs regularly drew attendance in the hundreds of thousands.

“My father Francis Mischkind has created his company 55 years ago and has been the main/biggest producer in France in the 70s and 80's in France,” he added. “Truly, the Alpha-France films have gained a status as cult classics, well beyond any categorization as purely adult cinema. Once again the great results we've done so far with AEBN, Hot Movies as well as Gamelink, [so it] shows there is a real interest and curiosity towards those films.”

Other Alpha-France titles available on AEBN include “Hitchhiker Girls in Heat,” “Cheating Couples” [starring classic American starlet Serena], “Perversions of a Young Bride,” and “Indecencies 1930,” among others.

AEBN will continue to add several Alpha-France titles to its roster monthly, and Mischkind said that new media technologies have opened the door to new audiences for the studio, especially since much of the original film material is difficult to obtain otherwise.

“We enjoy every opportunity that offers to us [the chance] to get a bigger audience for our movies,” he said. “VOD is to me a great way — and easy way — for the public to discover movies that might be harder to get on a different [format]. For instance, the Alpha-France movies are not released in DVD in the US. VOD is extremely flexible for the customer and becomes a bigger part everyday of the adult industry.”

For more information about AEBN, contact Melanie Porter at (704) 529.1600, ext. 202 or at melanie.porter@aebn.net.

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