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Realm of the Senses
Topic by: zelpheri
Posted: September 19, 2003 - 7:41 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 2, 2003 - 2:06 PM PDT

author topic: Realm of the Senses
zelpheri
post #1  on September 19, 2003 - 7:41 PM PDT  
I am seeking your suggestions for any films similar to "Realm of the Senses" -- that is, with explicit sexuality and good/decent storyline (both fictional and non-fictional). Films like L'Ennui, which I just viewed, are close, but not just not enough.

Thanks!

-T.J.
dpowers
post #2  on September 20, 2003 - 2:07 PM PDT  
not many films like in the realm of the senses around.
hamano
post #3  on September 27, 2003 - 11:34 PM PDT  
> On September 19, 2003 - 7:41 PM PDT zelpheri wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I am seeking your suggestions for any films similar to "Realm of the Senses" -- that is, with explicit sexuality and good/decent storyline
> ---------------------------------

How "explicit" do you want? These seem to be popular, although I've only seen the R-rated version of Romance. Maybe dpowers has seen them... Also, there's a 1974 film called The Image that GreenCine doesn't have.

The Beast
Romance
Eugenie
Scarlet Diva
Sex and Lucia
Bacchanales Sexuelles
Quiet Days in Clichy
hamano
post #4  on September 27, 2003 - 11:41 PM PDT  
The Image
Director: Radley Metzger

Encoding: Region 1
Format: Color, Widescreen
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Synapse Films
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002

"Radley METZGER's THE IMAGE (also known under the more exploitative title THE PUNISHMENT OF ANNE) is without doubt not everybody's cup of tea. Based on an infamous French bestseller this movie is shocking in its relentless depiction of a weird triangle relationship between a mature woman, her submissive young girl friend and a curious author.
Please note: If you feel uneasy when you see graphic sex, humiliation, degradation, bondage, whipping and urination, then do not watch this film. On the other hand, this is no raincoat brigade movie. Instead it is a masterly crafted piece of art with outstanding cinematography, a beautiful score and fine actors (Yes, everybody here can act better than most mainstream academy award winners.)
Regrettably the rough SM scenes could easily distract from or obscure the motivation of the characters.
THE IMAGE has an unusual book-like structure with chapters (no, I'm not refering to the DVD chapters). According to the liner notes the film is very faithful to its literary source. I liked the social setting of the film - it takes places among educated, eloquent and wealthy jet set people. And the film makes good use of its nice Paris locations. I found THE IMAGE very compelling viewing. I just didn't like the fitting room scene too much, because it seemed like a rather cliche porn situation to me.
Some words about the DVD: SYNAPSE did a real great job with the transfer. One can't praise the picture quality high enough. The uncut film is presented widescreen.
Unfortunately there aren't too many extras: the director's filmography, an isolated score and five trailers of Radley METZGER movies: SCORE, THE LICKERISH QUARTET, CAMILLE 2000, THERESE AND ISABELLE and CARMEN BABY. Kudos to Stephen R. BISSETTE for his insightful liner notes. I recommend to read it before you watch the movie, because it really enhances your understanding of the film despite some spoilers. "
hamano
post #5  on September 29, 2003 - 2:32 PM PDT  
More seemingly interesting choices.

Wayne Wang's The Center of the World
Sun-Woo Jang's Lies
hamano
post #6  on October 2, 2003 - 2:06 PM PDT  
> On September 27, 2003 - 11:41 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Image
> Director: Radley Metzger
> ---------------------------------

Yay! The Image just appeared!

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