Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)

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Czechoslovakian director Gutav Machaty's experimental romantic idyll, replete with soggy symbolism, was a cause celebre upon its release in 1932 due to a lyrical -- and nude-- midnight swim by a young Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr plays Eva, a child bride whose husband shows a singular lack of interest in physical intimacy on their wedding night. Frustrated and searching for a quick roll in the hay to alleviate her sexual tension, Eva offers herself to a roadway engineer. Taking off her clothes, she engages in a leisurely swim. But when a horse bolts with her duds, she gives chase, running smack into the engineer, who calmly hands her clothes to her. The two plan to run away together, but when her husband commits suicide in despair, she decides not to leave. Some time afterward, Eva is seen with a happy and contented look upon her face, the result of her secret liaison being the little baby in her arms.

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Critic Reviews for Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)

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  • Oct 26, 2010
    This is one of those early talkies that didn't take advantage of the fact that they could now have the characters engage in interesting, lengthy, and character building conversations. This movie could have been a lot better than it was if it had taken the chance of writing great dialogues for the characters. Instead they go around doing normal uninteresting, for the most part, everyday things. The only plus side to this movie is the nudity, which would have been extremely controversial for the 30s.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2009
    Scandalous for it's time, <i>Ecstasy</i> is somewhat of a 'bridge' film. It ties together the silent film era with that of talkies, and it links pre-code cinema with imposed censorship. Though it has scoring and sound there is very little dialog. (Director Gustav Machaty was obviously schooled in the techniques of silent pictures.) Even if it is noticeably short on script, <i>Ecstasy</i> is thick with beautiful scenery and artistic camera angles. Machaty was much more interested in the art of his cinematography than in the substance of his story. Best known for the extraordinary nude scenes of the beautiful Hedy Lamarr, <i>Ecstasy</i> is more remarkable for it's significance as a milestone in the history of motion pictures than as a 1930's classic film.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2008
    Only worth watching to see a very young Hedy Lamarr swimming and running through the forest nude. Otherwise pretty dull.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer

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