Erotica

Mario Mercier – La papesse AKA A Woman Possessed (1975)

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Cruel and depraved story of a modern Satanism in the French hinterland. Everything you’d expect and even more than that includes bleeding, beatings, rape. What began as an art cinema, the film then goes into the ongoing action …

Review: The second attempt of the French esoteric writer Mario Mercie make a movie was a little better than his experiment with «La Goulve». At least the “Pope” is able to look beyond the initial stages of the adepts of magic initiation, but also quite normal people, which the film is quite possible to apply sauce mystical horror, especially if we add the subtitle “demon possession” and promised viewers a hefty portion of erotica. Moreover, without any deception. Let them see the erotic thriller and do not ask too many questions.
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Jean Rollin – Le frisson des vampires aka Shiver of the Vampires (1971)

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Jean Rollin’s third feature film Le Frisson des Vampires, alternately known as Thrill of the Vampires, Shiver of the Vampires and Sex and the Vampire, is one of the key works in his impressive filmography. A perfect melding of all of Rollin’s thematic obsessions, Le Frisson des Vampires is the director’s first masterpiece and one of his greatest achievements. Read More »

Jacques Levy – Oh! Calcutta! (1972)

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The DVD was burned from the 1971 closed circuit production, apparently on Videotape. Therefore, it has a VHS appearance to it. By any American legal definition, this would fit under the R and not the X rating, since it is intended as art, and all sex acts are merely simulated, although there is a good deal of nudity. This is NOT Porn.

Oh! Calcutta! was a long-running avant-garde theatrical revue, created by British drama critic Kenneth Tynan. The show, consisting of various sketches on sex-related topics, debuted in Off-Broadway in 1969. It ran in London for over 2,400 performances, and in New York for over 1,600. The show sparked considerable controversy at the time, because it featured extended scenes of total nudity, both male and female. The title is taken from a painting by Clovis Trouille, itself a pun on “O quel cul t’as!”, French for “What an ass you have!”. Read More »

Catherine Breillat – Romance (1999)

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excerpt from “Senses of Cinema” on Catherine Breillat:

“But it was with the release of Romance in 1999 that Breillat would face censorship internationally, when the film was either banned altogether in some countries, or given an X rating. It was a situation Breillat spoke out about when she declared that, “censorship was a male preoccupation, and that the X certificate was linked to the X chromosome.” Breillat’s statement was echoed in the French poster for the film, which features a naked woman with her hand between her legs. A large red X is printed across the image, thus revealing the source of the trouble: a woman in touch with her own sense of sexual pleasure. Read More »

Alain Robbe-Grillet – L’immortelle (1963)

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Robbe-Grillet’s directorial debut, which was for decades bogged down by copyright dispute and never available on home video, cropping up only at rare 35mm showings – infrequent because apparently Robbe-Grillet thought the film too ‘linear’ and not up to his standard, so he was not over-eager to revive it. A Frenchman visiting Istanbul meets a mysterious, beguiling woman. After a few days she disappears leaving him to try and retrace her steps with the help of unreliable locals. He meets and loses her again. The film won the Prix Louis Delluc in 1962 (jointly with another film by Pierre Étaix, of all people). Read More »

Noboru Tanaka – Hard scandal: sei no hyoryu-sha AKA Hard Scandal – Sex Drifter (1980)

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Junior High School Student Yudo spends his nights hanging out at the disco; his parents are more interested in dealing with their swapping partners than taking care of their son. One evening, while he is shoplifting, a young woman gives him a hand and helps him pull off the snatch. Yudo, mesmerized by the woman, follows her to find out where she lives. Then attacks her.. Read More »

Pierfrancesco Campanella – Bugie rosse aka The Final Scoop (1993)

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Pierfrancesco Campanella’s first giallo (also his directorial debut). The plot is about a series of murders among homosexuals, but the erotic element is mostly represented in heterosexual couplings, so no worries there. Starring the always excellent Tomas Arana, with Alida Vali, Gioia Scola, Lorenzo Flaherty, Natasha Hovey and Barbara Scoppa. Read More »