The History of Sex in Cinema
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description
Red Shoe Diaries: The Movie (1992) (aka
Wild Orchid III: Red Shoe Diaries)
This feature length film - the debut pilot
movie (in R and unrated versions) was a prelude to the entire anthology
Brigitte Bako starred as live-in fiancee Alex
- an interior designer who was involved with two men, revealed only
after her suicide:
- Jake (David Duchovny), a handsome and successful
LA architect, a fiancee
- Tom (Billy Wirth), a blue-collar construction worker
and shoe salesman
Jake came upon two of Alex's possessions following
- her secret diaries where she described her love
for the two men in her life, and her dysfunctional infidelity and
- a pair of red high-heeled Kenneth Cole shoes
This film launched the rest of the Showtime TV series
- as Jake quested to heal his broken heart by reading the secret
diaries of other females to gain insight into what Alex had done.
He placed an ongoing newspaper ad to acquire the stories.
("Red Shoe Diaries: The Movie")
The Red Shoe Diaries
(1992-1997) - Showtime Cable TV Episodes
Zalman King was the leading creator of erotic/romantic
programming for his time. These are just a few of many examples of
Zalman King's long-running, late-night Showtime-TV series
of glossy, soft-core films blending erotica and fantasy that aired
during five seasons from 1992 -1997.
- Season 1 (1992-1993): 13 episodes
- Season 2 (1993-1994): 13 episodes
- Season 3 (1994-1995): 13 episodes
- Season 4 (1995-1996): 13 episodes
- Season 5 (1996-1997): 14 episodes
the 30-minute 'women's-oriented' episodes (66 in total) was taken
from a woman's secret diary that was narrated by Jake Winters (David
Duchovny (of TV's The X-Files)). He solicited
the secret diaries of women who harbored secrets or were the victims
of secrets. Most of the episodic plots involved
the sexual awakening of a female.
Many B-level stars enacted their
affairs on-screen in the Red Shoe Diaries TV episodes, airing
for five seasons. The descriptions are from the purchase site:
Red Shoe Diaries (Showtime-Cable TV
Episodes): Some of the More Prominent Stars
("You Have the Right to
("Just Like That")
Christiana D'Amore (aka Christiana Capetillo)
("Like Father, Like Son")
- Joan Severance
1992 (Season 1, Episode #
1: "Safe Sex")
When a beautiful, consummately professional woman (Joan Severance)
accepts a ride in the rain from a handsome stranger, she steps into
a world where nothing is forbidden - except their real identities.
As their passion grows, she finds out that there is no such thing
- Denise Crosby
1992 (Season 1, Episode # 3: "You
Have the Right to Remain Silent")
A policewoman, Officer Lynn 'Mona' McCabe (Denise Crosby) obsessive
in relationships, has met her match. When he doesn't notice her, Lynn
can't stand it. She arrests him and takes him to a
loft where she has his complete attention, she won't let him go until
he wants her.
1994 (Season 3, Episode # 10: "The Psychiatrist")
Evelyn (Denise Crosby) is a psychiatrist with an interesting
patient who tells of her strange sexual encounters with men. Evelyn
isn't sure the stories are real but her fascination takes her on an
actual journey into the depths of her own sexual desire.
- Nina Siemaszko
1992 (Season 1, Episode #
5: "Just Like That")
Trudy (Nina Siemaszko) works as a receptionist in a law firm by
day and law school at night. Her life is turned upside down when she
falls for two attractive men at exactly the same time. Torn between
two lovers, polar opposites, she must eventually pick a side.
- Sheryl Lee
1992 (Season 1, Episode # 8: "Jake's Story")
Still mourning his lost love, Jake (David Duchovny)
is seduced by mysterious photographer Kate Lyons (Sheryl Lee)
who keeps him at a distance until she finally reveals her secret -
she is married. Jake knows through bitter personal experience just
how dangerous a game this can be.
- Ally Sheedy
1992 (Season 1, Episode # 9:
"Accidents Happen", aka "The Fling")
When Daria (Marina Giulia Cavalli), an Italian maid, finds a videocassette
tape of her employer's fantastical and explicit love-making with Karen
(Ally Sheedy), she becomes obsessed with their fantasy life until an
accident brings a novel way for her to fit into the happy household.
- Audie England
1993 (Season 2, Episode # 7: "Liar's Tale")
Corey, a burnt out photojournalist sent to cover the L.A. sex scene,
meets a high-class call girl who fascinates her. Suddenly she's
participating in acts she'd only ever photograph before, Corey
is forced to feel in a way she'd forgotten.
1993 (Season 2, Episode # 9: "Hotline")
When Tess (Audie England) takes a job as a receptionist she discovers the company
is actually a love hotline, unsure at first she quickly enjoys the fantasies
and brings them home to her husband, bringing passion back into her dormant marriage.
1995 (Season 4, Episode # 2: "Divorce, Divorce")
Lily (Audie England) and Nick are in the middle of a nasty divorce when fate
throws them together for one night. Just one night away from the everyday of
their lives and this once happy couple learns to reinvent a love that they had
written off as lost.
1995 (Season 4, Episode # 12:
Josie (Audie England), a lonely single mother, has her passions flare
when she meets a handsome drifter late one night at the Laundromat.
After a night together, they go their separate ways as strangers but
realize that passion is what makes a soul survive.
1996 (Season 5, Episode # 6: "Hard Labor")
Ad whiz Aleta (Jennifer Ciesar) passionately loves Antonio
(Maximo Morrone), until his unstable ex-lover (Audie England) appears
at a fashion show for Hard Labor Jeans spinning a tale of betrayal,
destroying Aleta's trust. Aleta must find courage to forgive and the
grace of redemption.
- Amber Smith
1993 (Season 2, Episode # 3: "Runway")
Alia (Amber Smith), a top model worried about her future hires
cabby Miguel (James DeAngelo) to pose for her. Miguel's sensitive
appreciation for Alia's fears gives her the strength to find fulfillment
on the other side of the camera's scrutinizing lens.
1995 (Season 4, Episode # 13: "As She Wishes")
An exotic desert island holds a man marooned alone until one
day a beautiful woman (Amber Smith) washes ashore. Nights on the
beach kindle a relationship like neither has known before. They explore
forbidden areas of desire, guilt and savage need.
- Christiana D'Amore (aka Christiana Capetillo)
1993 (Season 2, Episode # 12: "Alphabet
From A to Z, the alphabet girl, a beautiful fashion model (Christiana Capetillo)
finds there's twenty-six ways to love.
- Arielle Dombasle
1994 (Season 3, Episode # 4: "Like Father, Like Son")
When Jeremy (Will Stewart) first met Celeste (Arielle
Dombasle) she was the lover of his father (Jean-Yves Gautier). When
the two meet again, Jeremy is a grown man and Celeste, an older woman.
But her better judgment cannot stop her from falling prey to Jeremy's
- Jacqueline Lovell
1995 (Season 4, Episode # 6: "The Teacher")
A married woman Susan (Jacqueline Lovell) has a
passionate affair with her tennis teacher (Mikhail Namayev) only
to find out her husband Harry (Anthony Addabbo) hired him to unlock
her inhibitions through tender loving instruction to help their
- Brigitte Bako
1995 (Season 4, Episode # 7: "Swimming
A lifeguard, who likes to swim naked at night and Olympic hopeful
Alex Winters (Brigitte Bako) find an honest attraction after he catches
her one night at her nightly swim.
- Kira Reed
1996 (Season 5, Episode # 13: "The Picnic")
Rita (Kira Reed) is torn between two lovers, Kit and
Buddy, who are best friends that don't want to share, when a picnic
turns into a comical dance of who wants who and who wants who dead
until she talks them into a compromise that gets her everything she
("As She Wishes")
Red Shoe Diaries (Direct-to-Video
other soft-core, direct-to-video Red
Shoe Diaries movies, mostly composed of segments from previous
TV episodes, were also released throughout and after the series'
run. Currently, they are usually available for purchase as video-on-demand
(descriptions from purchase site):
Shoe Diaries # 2: Double Dare (1993), 1 hour 32 minutes
Follow the private fantasies of three provocative women in
this exploration into a realm of the erotic senses. A steamy cab
ride with a stranger, office games with an adventurous married
woman, and a cop who has an arresting encounter.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 3: Another Woman's Lipstick
(1993), 1 hour 31 minutes
Desire has no limit and pleasure no price in this odyssey that
follows three women's tales of illicit passion and ultimate obsession.
A woman's desire for her husband's lover, a daring game of hide
and seek with two men, and a red-hot road trip.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 4: Auto Erotica (1994), 1
hour 23 minutes
A sultry maid's private fantasy is unleashed when she finds a couple's
secret chamber. An architect is lured by a mysterious beauty into
a game of temptation and seduction. And a woman races a hard-driving
man into the depths of obsession.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 5: Weekend Pass (1995), 1
hour 26 minutes
A bounty hunter gets her man, a wild night brings a beautiful woman
and a handsome drifter together for Christmas Eve, and a pool hustler
learns to discern the game of pool from the game of life and love.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 6: How I Met My Husband (1996),
1 hour 25 minutes
A classic car brings an heiress face to face with the man
of her dreams, on New Year's Eve the bells call a woman to desperately
seek the one that got away, and finally a dominatrix finds her
husband in the most unlikely place.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 7: Burning Up (1997), 1 hour
A model turns the camera on a cabby and discovers life after modeling,
a woman is kidnapped by a man determined to make her his wife,
and a woman becomes fascinated by a fireman. Can she realize the line
between fantasy and obsession in time?
- Red Shoe Diaries # 8: Night of Abandon (1997),
1 hour 26 minutes
A wild blissful night in Brazil during Carnival, a burned out
photojournalist's obsession with a high-class call girl awakens
her ability to feel again, and a passionate boxer seduces a happily
- Red Shoe Diaries # 9: Slow Train (1996), 1 hour
A sexy housewife's job at a phone fantasy company gets her husband's
attention when she begins taking her work home with her, a woman
gets new life in a stranger's Paris apartment, and a case of mistaken
identity leads to marriage.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 10: Some Things Never Change,
1 hour 25 minutes
New beginnings, past lovers and twenty-six erotic poses come together
in this Red Shoe Diaries collection from master sensualist Zalman
- Red Shoe Diaries # 11: Farmer's Daughter (1997),
1 hour 18 minutes
A board game leads to passion and sensuality, a housewife learns a
new meaning of a birthday cake, and a young man's passion is
too much to resist an older woman he's loved for years.
- Red Shoe Dairies # 12: Girl on a Bike (2000),
1 hour 19 minutes
Intimate words quicken the passions of two secret admirers, two
strangers on a train take a voyage of desire, and a man spots his
perfect woman in Paris in this Red Shoe Diaries collection
from master sensualist Zalman King.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 13: Four on the Floor (1996),
1 hour 26 minutes
A rap star brings a young dancer out of her shell when she
gets her big break, a car crash on a rainy night strands two couples
together in a house with only one bed, and a patient's stories
bring out a psychiatrist's own sexual desires.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 14: Luscious Lola (2000),
1 hour 28 minutes
A shy woman captures the heart of the man she loves by playing
the role of a sexy seductress, a sailor returns from sea to a bounty
of sexy female companionship, and a woman wants marriage to an
older man yet keep a young lover too.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 15: Forbidden Zone (2002),
1 hour 27 minutes
Passion beyond limits, seduction beyond control, pleasure beyond
imagination. Experience irresistible fantasy, daring desire and
endless excitement in this special Red Shoe Diaries collection
from master sensualist Zalman King.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 16: Temple of Flesh (1997),
1 hour 21 minutes
A woman falls for a Mexican wrestler but she can't separate
the man from the mask, a woman promises her husband a strip tease
for their anniversary, and the amorous daughter of a vineyard owner
nurses an injured cyclist.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 17: Swimming Naked (2001),
1 hour 24 minutes
A small town lifeguard shares passion with an Olympic swimmer,
a woman about to be engaged takes a daring leap into the arms of
her dream lover, and a young dancer reignites the passion of a
- Red Shoe Diaries # 18: The Game (2000), 1 hour
A photographer spies a game of strip poker but it isn't until
she joins in that she experiences the joy of being a player,
a lost diary reminds a lonely woman of the ecstasy of true love,
and a fashion designer's designs inspire lust.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 19: As She Wishes (2001),
1 hour 17 minutes
A couple faces the end of their marriage until an Angel graces
their lives, a marooned man's life is changed when a beautiful
woman is washed ashore, and finally a trapped astronaut looks at
the sensual path of her life.
- Red Shoe Diaries # 20: Caged Bird (2007), 1 hour
Sexy tough woman Dakota finds love with a sensitive story-telling
guard Charlie Parker in prison, an ex-boyfriend Daniel proves almost
deadly in his obsession to win back his lost love Daisy, and a woman's
marriage is saved by the tender instruction of her tennis teacher.
Red Shoes Diaries: Las Vegas (2006) (TV movie)
Directed and written by Zalman King. Only a TV pilot,
without a subsequent series.