Directed by: Luiz Castellini, Oswaldo de Oliveira and Antonio Polo Galante
Actors: Eudósia Acuña, Esmeralda Barros, Hugo Bidet (as Ugo Bisset), Cinira Camargo, Evelyn Erika, Glaucia Maria, Zilda Mayo, Turíbio Ruiz
Also known as: Aufruhr im Frauengefängnis, Aberraciones sexuales femeninas, Kadinlar cehennemi, Le porno detenute
Description: Fans of the legendary Brazilian Women-in-Prison send-up will be instantly at home with Presidio De Mulheres Violentadas, an earlier, and I think even better, directorial effort by Oswaldo de Oliveira. Though here he is cheekily demoted to the 2nd unit after new more explicit scenes were spliced in under the title Le pòrno detenute.
It has the usual plot. The style is much less manic than Bare, with far less sex and nudity, but it shares its key themes and imagery. Women in skimpy prison overalls skip round the exercise yard like it was a school playground, evading baton-wielding wardresses dressed in freshly-pressed uniforms like officers on a cruise liner. And all female staff are by default lesbians struggling to suppress the carnal lust within, occasionally expressing themselves demurely with perhaps an over-familiar hand on a prisoner’s shoulder…
Presídio is grim where Bare was frivolous, managing to keep a straight face throughout, but never for a moment actually serious. It’s a low-budget film but the photography is often excellent, helping to build an intense atmosphere of impending tragedy despite the comic and sleazy intent. Some of the cast are superb too, most notably Patrícia Scalvi as the new face and Glaucia Maria as the deputy.
It’s a shame this is a mutilated version, but it does at least mean I can nurture the hope that one day when the original is found it will turn out to be an unapproachable masterpiece, world-shattering in its epicness. This is an Italian dub, and mercifully the music is Italian too; you may recognise the theme that accompanied the more important whippings in Women’s Camp 119.
An ancient WIP from the director of “Bare Behind Bars“. Dunno if it’s uncut or we miss something, the rip is taken from the italian VHS under the title “Le Porno Detenute”.