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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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This film is very suspect, yet one is inclined to keep watching. An adult guy and his parents watching nudie films? Sure. But then to bring the carnival gal home with them?! Kray-kray(zee)
The thing about symbolism and the space/time continuim added in with a post war present day flashing back to those war days with the same people lends an iron clad mystic appeal. The lush sceney was once bland and the echo of bullet ridden hollowness is stark, instead of a circus of color and harmonious tones as the audience is seeing it. Now when you combine all the confusion about their guest and her heritage, well it is something riveting. They think she is a film star and plan to make her feel a bit awkward. What they get in return is nothing short of real life itself- murphy style mocking and a fine gypsy schooling; resulting in high society getting the time money can't possibly buy for all the ha-ha ha Karmic lessons a dispensation and Universe can pack in one magical wallop
A bona fide, swinging '70's sexploitation film masquerading as an art film.
If there is such a thing as highbrow smut, this is it. A wealthy middle-aged couple gets their kicks from watching stag films with their teenage son (n-i-i-ice) and provide MST3K-style commentary 20 years BEFORE there was a Satellite of Love. When attending a local carnival, they think the female motorcyclist is one of the girls from the latest film, so they invite her back to their estate. Whatever they were expecting to happen goes off the rails and down the rabbit hole. Flashbacks, flash-forwards, flash-upside-downs, films-within-films, and a whole smorgasbord of surrealism takes hold. An instruction manual for jet engine repair written in Chinese would be easier to make sense of than this story, but hopefully that's the intention. There's enough consistent weirdness happening that I couldn't turn it off even through the slower bits, and at best it's a Kia going uphill. Mystery girl Silvana Venturelli looks amazingly similar to model Vendela which I count as a plus, but the son's horrible acting and Eric Forman hair warrant a minus. Here's a single-line alliterative review: backseat Bunuel with boobs.
Clumsy and over stylised, while The Lickerish Quartet has some interesting elements of softcore erotica meeting the giallo genre, it ends up feeling quite disappointing, messy and over indulgent.
Now THIS is how you make an erotic film. Beautiful cinematography, an intriguing storyline with fantastic aspects to it and a very sparse use of overt sexuality. I really dug this one. It's quite existential and also a very beautiful film.
Wow! One of Metzger's best!
Surrealistic, giallo-like erotica (without the gore) that actually deserves multiple watches due to its symbolism. Ultimately leaving one with the message that life is a stage and all of us but players on it.
There's a very little to be said for the confusion of film and reality, but mostly it's wooden acting, clunky dialogue, and an overwhelming amount of pretentiousness.
A top-shelf erotic drama from director Radley Metzger spins stylishly into surreal territory. Striking visuals and a lush atmosphere compliment an intriguing story about shifting identities and realities, all set to a superb score by Stelvio Cipriani. A cult classic.