Friday, May 27, 2011

José Bénazéraf - Le Concerto de la peur AKA Night of lust [Uncut] (1963)


Kidnappings, murders and gang war for the control of a drug traffic...

There's really a unique touch in those early Bénazéraf movies. You're a bit somewhere between thriller, exploitation and Nouvelle Vague...
As I understood, the version released in the US already on the site is severely cut and suffers from a ludicrous English dubbing. The movie certainly deserves better than that...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jesus Franco - Das Frauenhaus AKA Blue Rita (1977)


Blue Rita is more or less what you'd expect from a Jess Franco film: very explicit - very kinky - very strange - very incoherent - very bad. The plot, as far as I could say, is about some Parisian strippers who double as secret agents: they kidnap enemy (whose enemy? Never mind) spies and use sexual torture methods to make them talk. To give Franco credit, the production design is colorful and the cinematography is often striking. But the editing is incompetent and the pace is deadly. What puzzles me is how Franco convinced so many young women in his films to bare everything and be treated as pieces of meat by the camera, but I guess the men don't come off much better either. Still, if you just want to stare at naked women on the screen "Blue Rita" will do the job....but so will many other AND better films.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Various - Vintage Erotica Anno 1930 (2003)

Artists have explored the erotic image since the beginning of time. On the walls of caves, on Hindu Temples, in ancient scrolls, humans have celebrated the sexual act. Cinema is no stranger to eroticism, but there is a mistaken belief that erotic cinema is an invention of the past fifty years. In order to dispel this myth we present this archive of erotic images captured by our "grandfathers camera."
This DVD includes two hours of French erotica from the 1920's and 30's and features all aspects of soft-core, hard-core, straight, bi, gay and fetish imagery. Made in France, these films feature lush backdrops and exotic costumes with settings ranging from the Orient to the era of the Musketeers. Filmed by professionals as well as amateurs (like the mysterious Mr. X) these films prove that erotica cinema is as old as cinema itself.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Alain Robbe-Grillet - La belle captive AKA The Beautiful Prisoner (1983)


Cathal Tohill and Peter Tombs wrote:

Robbe-Grillet turned once again to painting and literature for inspiration in his next film. In 1976 he had written a ‘picto-novel’, La Belle Captive, which reprinted some of Magrittes’s paintings including La Belle Captive itself. His 1983 film of the same name used paintings by both Magritte and Edouard Manet as a launching pad, each painting a ‘generation cell’ for the film’s ideas and narrative. Magritte’s Belle Captive is a great painting – formal, poetic, mysterious, it hints at all sorts of possibilities. The drawn curtains open onto a beach and sky. In the stony foreground there is an easel and a painting that visually links the world behind the curtain with the vista in the distance. It’s an audacious, inspiring work that’s a self-conscious reflection on the process of painting, but is also eerie and enigmatic, exuding a strange beauty.

Alain Robbe-Grillet - Glissements Progressifs Du Plaisir AKA SuccessiveSlidings of Pleasure (1974)

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Summary: A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scisors impaled through her heart, as she lay attached to the bedposts. Apparently, the girl does have powers, to make all people around her fall prey to her spell, glissing progressively into desire, lust, and the unknown.

Alain Robbe-Grillet - Le Jeu avec le feu AKA Playing with Fire (1975)


When Carolina (Anicee Alvina), the daughter of wealthy banker Georges de Saxe (Philippe Noiret), is reported kidnapped, it is upsetting to him even though he knows it isn’t true. The kidnappers have taken the wrong person. The banker hires Frantz (Jean-Louis Trintignant) a disheveled, seedy detective to find his daughter and hide her safely away. She soon finds herself in a fantasyland whorehouse, where all kinds of extreme perversions are routinely practiced. There, a near-double of her father whips and then seduces her. Eventually, she and the private eye escape or leave, having extorted the kidnapping money from the girl’s father. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Alain Robbe-Grillet - Gradiva (C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle) AKA It'sGradiva Who Is Calling You (2006)

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Alain Robbe-Grillet's final film, an erotic ghost story set in Morocco. James Wilby plays an archaeologist pursuing the mysterious Arielle Dombasle through the streets of Marrakesh.
Review by Nathan Southern for All Movie Guide:


The revered and celebrated Alain Robbe-Grillet's supernatural drama C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle (AKA That is Gradiva Who Calls You) - a French-Belgian co-production - concerns John Locke, an art historian immersed in Asian research on the Marrakeshi casbah, accompanied by Belkis, his servant and mistress. Amid his studies of Eugene Delacroix, Locke repeatedly encounters a lithe, ethereal female presence in the city's medina (or Arabic quarter) who draws him seductively through the city's mazelike streets, again and again, but repeatedly vanishes. He then encounters Anatoli, a self-professed antique dealer and curator of Oriental artifacts for beginners itching for a challenge. Belkis persuades Locke to keep his distance from these individuals, but Locke blatantly ignores her admonitions and forges ahead - never quite realizing that the spirits are toying with him, and drawing him into a dead-end psychosexual black hole.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Roman Nowicki - Abducted by the Daleks (2005)



While driving through the night in an afforested area, a group of four young women accidentally hits something (the audience sees it's an alien, but the girls aren't sure what it was). They decide to get out of the car to find out what they hit. They don't see anybody or anything and decide to start walking through the woods. Pretty soon however, one of them gets lost and decides to take of her short dress. Not much later, she gets abducted by the Daleks. The three women notice she's gone but only two of them are interested in going back into the woods to find her. Because the two women are afraid, they soon seek comfort in each other's arms, remove each other's dresses and start fondling one another. They too get abducted by the Daleks. Written by Marco van Hoof