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Café Flesh (1982)

Although only a classy porn movie with artistic pretensions, Stephen Sayadian’s cult classic (directed under his pseudonym ‘Rinse Dream’) is extraordinarily prophetic when viewed retrospectively in an AIDS-related context.

A post-holocaust generation has been divided into two groups: “Sex Positives” and “Sex Negatives”. By law, the former have to perform in front of the latter to give them the vicarious thrill of a sensation they are no longer capable of experiencing.


At the eponymous Café Flesh, the hard-core activity is amusingly hosted by standup comic Andrew Nichols and accompanied by a vaguely punk soundtrack.

Well made and acted for a film that features only one heavy duty porn queen (Michelle Bauer, aka Pia Snow), initial intrigue in the plot soon wears off as genre clichés take over.

Max Melodramatic
Andy Nichols
Pia Snow (Michelle Bauer)
Marie Sharp
Paul McGibboney
Dondi Bastone

Stephen Sayadian (“Rinse Dream”)