Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love) (1933)
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Critic Reviews for Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)
The symbolism with which Director Gustav Machaty attempts to point up the theme of romantic frustration and ultimate fulfillment rather heightens the confusion on the whole, though there are a few isolated instances when it is strikingly effective.
Unfortunately, the film has aged badly, and today is mainly a curiosity piece.
The movie was made by the Czech Gustav Machaty, who had a particular affinity for erotic subjects told from a woman's standpoint.
Much heralded erotic film (for its time) that made a sexy star of Hedy Lamarr.
The simple story is told with invention by director Gustav Machaty, who seems especially influenced by the editing techniques of Eisenstein.
Audience Reviews for Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)
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.
Scandalous for it's time, Ecstasy 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, Ecstasy 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, Ecstasy is more remarkable for it's significance as a milestone in the history of motion pictures than as a 1930's classic film.
Only worth watching to see a very young Hedy Lamarr swimming and running through the forest nude. Otherwise pretty dull.
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