Blu-ray Release: The Naked Fog / Moonlighting Wives – 2 Films by Joseph W. Sarno

Blu-ray Release Date: April 11, 2023
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Film Movement

A pioneer of sexploitation cinema, American film director and screenwriter Joseph W. Sarno’s (1921-2010) prolific career spans the evolution of the genre. Called “one of the true pioneers of celluloid erotica,” by Anthology Film Archives, he was also dubbed the “Chekov of soft-core” by The Village Voice.

Moonlighting Wives (1966)

In this latest Blu-ray double feature from Film Movement Classics, Moonlighting Wives (1966), dripping with color, introduced Sarno’s psycho-sexual erotic dramas to popular audiences when it screened in mainstream cinemas and drive-ins. For his next productions, he returned to his trademark economical black-and-white dramas including The Naked Fog (1966) presented here for the first time to home media. Mesmerizing performances by star Tammy Latour link these prime examples of Sarno’s 1960s films.

In Moonlighting Wives (90 minutes), 1960s suburbia becomes a hotbed of rampant adultery and illicit sexual encounters in this torn-from-the-headlines drama. Disgruntled housewife Joan turns her stenography service into a thriving prostitution ring that has local law enforcement baffled. Needing more housewives to grow her business with wealthy clientele, Joan gives adulterous and well-connected golf pro Frank a piece of the action, sparking a chain of events that lead her on an odyssey of blackmail and ever closer to the police. Latour, Gretchen Rudolph and John Aristedes star.

The Naked Fog (86 minutes) has long been considered a “lost” film in Sarno’s filmography. In this classic, jaded jet-setter Marge (Tammy LaTour) starts a new identify as a writer in upper east coast suburbia. But when writer’s block hits, the town brothel – a hotbed of infidelity and blackmail – offers the perfect inspiration.


  • Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas (Moonlighting Wives)
  • Interview with director Joe Sarno (2006)
  • Interview with cinematographer Jerry Kalogeratos (2007)
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