Sweet Movie (1974)
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Like his WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Dusan Makavejev's controversial 1974 feature Sweet Movie is firmly rooted in the principles of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. In cinematic terms, this means bombarding the audience with an onset of imagery so visceral, disgusting and repellent that it "awakens" the viewer in a Brechtian manner by "short-circuiting" the audience's reactions. Sweet Movie interweaves two narratives. One begins with a trip to the "Miss World Virginity Contest," whose winner,
May 1, 1974 Wide
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Neither hard nor softcore. Yugoslav filmmaker Dusan Makavejev's first pic in the West, is provocative but also arbitrary.
Potentially one of the most scandalous films ever made -- except that it has been little seen outside France and has not aged well.
The over-all work remains a courageous example of a personal kind of film making that, to me, leads nowhere.
I didn't hate it, although it affected me in bewildering and sometimes unpleasant ways. I didn't find it a success, but I found it an audacious attempt, and it's filled with images impossible to forget.
Though much of the content is scandalous, the title is ultimately an accurate one -- the sensibility behind the images is innocent, enthusiastic, and childlike.
[VIDEO ESSAY] To this day, "Sweet Movie" remains a powerfully defiant film deeply rooted in anti-authoritarian motives.
An onslaught of images that are calculated to arouse the viewer to awaken from his slumber.
This is not a film about which you can have mixed feelings. You either love it or loathe it; you are either on its wavelength or you feel assaulted by it. I stand in the latter category.
I'm not convinced of this sometimes dull and inarguably self-indulgent piece of politicarotica's masterpiecitude.
This once-banned film is a trippy ride.
Sweet Movie certainly has varied political aims, but the message is hindered by graphic practices and sex.
By turns hilarious and shocking, thanks to the director's penchant for startling imagery and bodily fluids, the passage of time may have deadened their effect but they still have the power to ruffle censorial feathers.
A very bizarre arthouse oddity.
Some call it art. I call it spinach
inevitably degenerates into something Charles Manson might have produced
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