‘The House of Adrian’…a piece of porn history

Before I left for my LA trip, I had gotten in touch with 80’s adult star and male dancer Alan Adrian(real name is John Mozzer),to let him know that I was going to be in town. I had recently seen Alan posting on some film forums and we had gotten in touch through facebook, so I really wanted to take advantage of my time in LA, and see if we can get some face time together.

So,after my visit with Georgina Spelvin in the Hollywood Hills, which was absolutely riveting, I returned my crew to Pasadena and then headed back to Burbank for a quick shower. I then hopped in my rental car and headed about 5 miles into Atwater Village, to visit the condo of one of the most unsung and under celebrated stars of 80’s adult cinema, the one and only Alan Adrian. Now for future reference, I have nicknamed his home the “ADRIAN ARCHIVES”.

As I walked to the door, I had some jitters, as I have never met him before. He greeted me with a very enthusiastic welcome and we gave each other a warm handshake and half a hug. From the second I walked into his place I was instantly impressed with the organization of his home. He had stocked bookshelves, a neat computer area, and lots of ephemera. Before long, I was literally scrounging through his scrapbooks from back in the day, literally dozens of them. They contained a day by day account of Alan’s activity through his tenure in adult films and male dancing. I was instantly obsessed by the amount of details contained in these books, I was familiar with the names in the book and was even able to relate to him and his past on many levels, mainly because of my recent dedication to preserving the Distribpix archives. But I knew I was in the presence of what I would call rare artifacts and an untold piece of history and culture. I continued to pour through the pages of his daily memoirs from the past, and he educated me and filled in the blanks.

My brutal assault on John’s memory caused my blood sugar to decrease rapidly, due to ultimate excitement, and his as well, so we headed to Casita del Campo restaurant in Silver Lake for some authentic Mexican cuisine. We shared a wonderful meal and headed back to the Adrian Archives. After our time together it was obvious that John and I both share the same passion for preserving this long lost era, which is unfortunately becoming more extinct everyday. It was at this point that John took me into a spare bedroom which he had turned into an office/storage room, for his incredibly well kept records, photos and correspondence from his days in the biz. John was so proud to show me some of the photo albums, in which he had very neatly mounted just about every single piece of photo ephemera that he had. There were stacks of albums. I was in a state of shock, that all of this existed. I have seen the collections of Jamie Gillis, which is also sort of incredible, and there are many other guys and gals of yesteryear that have kept all of their mementos, but the way in which John has organized his archives, rivals even the Distribpix archives. I think he was a bit flattered with my comment, but it was true. The only other time that I have ever seen such organization with elements from the golden age of adult cinema is inside my archive, and it was such a pleasure to see that there is someone else out there, that understands the value of this material. I mean the stuff I saw, has probable never been seen.

He showed my some awesome pics from back in the day. One album in particular, was of him and Marc Stevens. Marc is another icon from the golden age and John told me many stories about Marc, just great stuff. In fact, he alluded that Marc was a good friend of his and always invited him to his parties, and helped him find work as a male dancer, back in the 80’s. He spoke very highly of his cohorts and did not have too many negative things to say, except that fact that Ron Jeremy would take all of his roles…..LOL!!!( all in good fun). After talking for about a half hour, I had to head back for a 9pm engagement that I could not get out of. I wanted to stay there all night, I mean I was in heaven. Before I left we did continue to discuss aspects of preservation, such as scanning materials and reviving some old fanzines he had connections with. It was a very wonderful time. I assured Alan that I would take the time to update his profile on Distribpix.com and that is currently under way. It will have much more information about Alan’s filmography, and other details.

I wanted to record/film our time together for preservation purposes,but we decided to take a rain check, so we can re-fresh our memories……as I know that I  will be back to the ‘House of Adrian’.

Now I took a few shots with my cell phone, because I love to take pics!! The quality is not that great, but it shows what a great time we had.

Alan Adrian ( John Mozzer) and Distribpix Man

Alan Adrian ( John Mozzer) flipping through his memoirs

Marc Stevens and Alan Adrian....who is the girl in the middle??

THE PASSIONS OF CAROL directed by Shaun Costello

2 Weeks ago I was visited by a friend and film colleague, who also happens to be one of the premier authorities for adult films from the golden age. We spent the better part of 2 days between 2 different locations, and we scoured through sky- high piles of prints, endless rows of pristine negatives, as well as other amazing elements such as rare slides,posters, sell sheets, and original art boards. We certainly found some prints that I never  knew were there.

The archiving/restoration never seems to end, but we were able to confirm many things. One thing that I am happy to report is that the original camera negatives for Shaun Costello’s ‘The Passions of Carol”, have been located and inspected and are now in the first phases of it’s HD restoration. This is a film that we have owned for a very long time and I am so thrilled that it will finally  be getting the proper DVD release. One of the greatest XXX classics of all time, from one of the greatest director!

All other details to follow.

The following were old scans from film cells that were used for the original box art/advertising, so I thought it might be a good reference.

Opening Title Scene, from Shaun Costello's 'The Passions of Carol"

Scene from ' The Passions of Carol'

Marc "10 1/2" Stevens, in The Passions of Carol