Dusan Makavejev – W.R. – Misterije organizma aka W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

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From the Chicago Reader:

We may forget that the most radical rethinking of Marx and Freud found in European cinema of the late 60s and early 70s came from the east rather than the west. Indeed, it’s hard to think of a headier mix of fiction and nonfiction, or sex and politics, than this brilliant 1971 Yugoslav feature by Dusan Makavejev, which juxtaposes a bold Serbian narrative shot in 35-millimeter with funky New York street theater and documentary shot in 16. The “WR” is controversial sexual theorist Wilhelm Reich and the “mysteries” involve Joseph Stalin as an erotic figure in propaganda movies, Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs “killing for peace” as he runs around New York City with a phony gun, and drag queen Jackie Curtis and plaster caster Nancy Godfrey pursuing their own versions of sexual freedom. – Jonathan Rosenbaum Read More »

David Hamilton – Tendres Cousines (1980)

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Fourteen year old Julien is in love with his cousin, Julia. This is one of polemic photographer and director David Hamilton’s most famous films. Hamilton is very well knor for the way he explores nudity, specially teens, on his works.
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Alain Robbe-Grillet – L’Éden et après AKA Eden and After (1970)

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SYNOPSIS from allmovie.com
This plodding film concerns the bored college students who hang out at the cafe Eden. Hoping for adventure, one girl gets more than she bargains for when she and her date are chased by vicious gang members. She manages to escape when he is killed, but when she returns with help, the body is gone. Soon she is off to Tunisia to locate a stolen painting. After an erotic nude posing before a total stranger, she is kidnapped and chained by Arabs who pump her for information. Read More »

Alain Robbe-Grillet – Gradiva (C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle) AKA It’s Gradiva 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:

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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. Read More »

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

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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. Read More »

Russ Meyer – Russ Meyer’s Up! [+Extras] (1976)

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imdb plot summary :
This kicks off with the murder of one Adolf Schwartz (who bears a striking resemblance to another famous Adolf) by placing a ravenous piranha fish in his bathtub. Who did it? No-one knows or cares, as they’re too busy being distracted by busty Margo Winchester, who hitch-hikes into town and gets involved with all the local men. It all ends with a series of complicated plot twists that reveal that just about everyone is really someone else. And if it gets too confusing, Russ Meyer helpfully arranges for a one- woman nude Greek chorus to pop up at intervals to explain what’s going on. Read More »

Clive Donner – A Christmas Carol (1984)

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A Christmas Carol is a 1984 television movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous 1843 novella. It was directed by Clive Donner (who had been an editor on an earlier film version of the story, 1951’s Scrooge) and stars George C. Scott in an acclaimed performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Filming was done on location in Shrewsbury, England. It originally aired on CBS on December 17, 1984 in the United States (sponsored by IBM), but was released theatrically in Great Britain. The film was marketed with the tagline “A new powerful presentation of the most loved ghost story of all time!” Scott was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal in A Christmas Carol. Read More »