Eros V: Farewells & What-the-Hells

September 23, 2011 | By

'Was ist dir bedansk in mittem badtraum? Kanst moor privaatskum lassen bittet?'

In the fifth of this ongoing series on cinematic naughty-naughties, we (I) examine a pair of very odd erotic films with spastic editing – a strange coincidence, or perhaps the result of newbie directors trying to figure out something called Narrative Structure.

Christina Lindberg (Anita) had done a fare stretch of erotic films before she decided to scale back her career to, well, nothing, and focus on writing – partially the result of her husband deciding the only person privy to her privates on celluloid was him.

Wide Open / Sängkamrater [M] (Impulse Pictures) was designed as a spoof by its director, but Gustav Wiklund perhaps didn’t realize the challenges of riffing off erotic & softcore films when he still had to deliver naked goods. The result is a film that’s narratively wonky, but more watchable than expected.

Biggest surprise: 35 years after they appeared in the film, the Swedish kitchen furniture and bed linen actually look modern. A breast is a breast and a bottom is a bottom, but who new the IKEA was that everlasting?

The second release in this series is Sex, Demons and Death / Diabolicamente… Letizia [M] (One 7 Movies), where the supernatural is expressed through the deft-less directorial hands of Salvatore Bugnatelli, a filmmaker perhaps correctly paralleled with Ed Wood, Jr. It’s almost a good-bad film, but not quite, and yet it has a special fromage factor that’s unique.

It’s morally bankrupt, and a fusion of genres that don’t really blend, but it does feature some remarkably bad editing. How many times can you cut together shots of an eyeball? Plenty! according to Bugnatelli.



Mark R. Hasan, Editor ( Main Site / Mobile Site )

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