35mm Print Expands Sarno Archive and Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series

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Film preservation organization Film Media announced today it has begun restoration on a 35mm print of Joseph W. Sarno’s “lost” 1964 film WARM NIGHTS AND HOT PLEASURES. Once restored, HD assets for WARM NIGHTS AND HOT PLEASURES will be scheduled for theatrical screenings, DVD / Blu-Ray and Digital release as part of the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series under the Film Movement Classics label. The upcoming release marks the first-time WARM NIGHTS AND HOT PLEASURES will be available to home entertainment since its initial theatrical run.

The 35mm print of WARM NIGHTS AND HOT PLEASURES was recently discovered in the vaults of Audubon Films, owned by pioneering filmmaker Radley Metzger, who had purchased and distributed the film to theaters in North America. Film Media would like to thank film historian Michael Bowen and director Scooter McCrae for their role in the acquisition. 

Video Tease - https://youtu.be/yRXFGNJD2EI

Cinematography for WARM NIGHTS AND HOT PLEASURES is by James J Markos, who also worked with Sarno on his early seminal films SIN IN THE SUBURBS and NUDE IN CHARCOAL.

Before achieving international fame with his 1969 Swedish breakout film Inga, director Joe Sarno honed his craft on a handful of erotic dramas shot in the USA.  In 1964’s Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures, Joe tells the tale of three ambitious college girls who head to New York City, eager to make their mark on Broadway.  Short on funds, the girls rent a room from a men’s magazine model and are soon immersed in a lurid world of wild parties, risque men’s clubs and sleazy casting couches.  Lessons are learned and hearts are broken as each one decides just how far she will go for stardom. 

Featuring Bettie Page-style bondage and female wrestling, Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures is a sultry snapshot of Manhattan of the early 1960s.

WARM NIGHTS AND HOT PLEASURES is the newest addition to Film Media’s archive of Joseph Sarno films, to be released as the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospective, featuring liner notes by film historian Tim Lucas.

DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Encodes of Vampire Ecstasy / Sin You Sinners, release 1 in the series, can be found at all leading retail and e-tailers including AmazonFilmMovement and Alternative Cinema.  Working with the Sarno Estate, Film Media continues to collect and preserve all existing Sarno films under one roof. 
About Film Media
A film preservation organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and raising awareness of obscure and outstanding examples of independent cinema shot on motion picture film. For additional information on Film Media and its projects visit www.FilmMedia.org.

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