Sunday, September 25, 2016

Michael Findlay & Roberta Findlay - Mnasidika (1969)


A man awakes from his sleep to discover that he's in ancient Greece. He witnesses a scantily-clad woman whom he woos, then kills with a club. A group of lesbians find the man, tie him to a tree, then partake in an incredible deed. An astonishing sex-and-sadism excursion from Michael and Roberta Findlay (authors of "Snuff", "Satan's bed" and "Take me naked"). Psychodelic, surreal atmoshpere and lots of sleaze make it worth your saturday time.

Starring: Uta Erickson
Co-starring: Linda Boyce
Other cast: Michael Findlay, Denise Lemain, Maria Lorello
Directed by: Michael Findlay & Roberta Findlay

From Something Weird Video website:
If the title Mnasidika doesn’t ring a bell, you probably haven’t read The Collected Poems of Pierre Louys. Worse, you also haven’t seen Take Me Naked in which director MICHAEL FINDLAY used the poems as inspiration for some crackpot art-film style lyrical lesbianism involving ROBERTA FINDLAY, June Roberts, Darlene Bennett, and a Vaseline-smeared lens: “I press thee upon me as though upon a wound, and I cry Mnasidika! Mnasidika! Mnasidika!” Three years later, after inflicting their notorious “Flesh” trilogy upon the world, Michael and Roberta returned to Lesbianland, this time adding two new ingredients to the lyrical cocktail: color and beaver. Lots of beaver. Lots and lots of beaver. Obviously influenced by the Supreme Court’s ruling that nudity was no longer obscene, and by the then-current craze of beaver loops sweeping the peepshows, the Findlays toned down their penchant for violence and, instead, made Mnasidika something of a Beaver Epic.

One minute, a man (director Findlay) is by the oceanside; the next, he wakes -- wearing a silly little toga! -- on the Isle of Lesbos in Ancient Greece. Seeing a nubile young lady sprinting through a pleasantly pastoral landscape, he follows and finds that she’s caught her footsie under a big bad log and can’t get up. Gallantly, he comes to her aid. Ungallantly, he immediately begins to maul her. When she struggles, he promptly beats her to death, then tenderly humps her bloody body.

Elsewhere on the island, pretty young sisters of Sappho like UTA ERICKSON and LINDA BOYCE spend their life romping in the nude, dancing in the nude, and fondling both themselves and their galpals in the nude. (Lesbians, of course, are all beautiful glamour girls in the same age bracket.) In fact, there’s so much romping and fondling and lesbian lovin’ that the man seems to be completely forgotten about --

Until the bloody corpse of the murdered woman comes back to life (can lesbians do that?) and, brandishing a torch, chases the man into a clearing where he’s surrounded by five lovely but very pissed-off young ladies who tie him spread-eagle on the ground, perform a (red-tinted) ritual over his body, symbolically smash some squash and, you guessed it, castrate him....

While Findlay’s films usually take the Battle of the Sexes quite literally, this time the gulf between Male and Female is so extreme -- a rapist murderer loose in the world of homosexual women -- that watching Mnasidika is like watching two alien species who can’t live together, let alone love one another. All of which plays like a museum piece for perverts with poetry-spouting narration, wall-to-wall classical music, and a crotch crazed camera. And though some may bemoan the Findlays shifting their focus from over-the-top violence to graphic gynecological closeups, those closeups happily keep this “art-film” firmly anchored in the gutter which, of course, is where the best movies are made.
From a 35mm print “rich in voluptuousness.” -- Dribblejuice