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Body Without Soul (1996)

Cast: Pavel Rousek, Pavel Rousek
Director: Wiktor Grodecki, Wiktor Grodecki
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Studio: Water Bearer Films
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Political & Social Issues, Czech, Gay & Lesbian, GLBT, Documentary
Running Time: 94 min.
Subtitles: English
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In this bleak documentary, the director and stars of a series of gay porn films talk about the sex trade in post-communist Prague. Pavel Rousek, a medical examiner, moonlights as a director of bulk teen-sex footage for export to Germany and other countries. In unflinching detail, he talks about his love of ripping apart corpses and of the porn-film scripts he carries around in his head. He also addresses the pitfalls of producing pornography, from cheapskate distributors to uncooperative performers who try to renege on their promises to engage in unprotected anal sex. Whereas Pavel speaks proudly of the manipulation and physical violence he employs to obtain the desired footage, a score or so of his actors and other boyish Czech sex workers offer a different perspective on Pavel's filmmaking techniques -- and on their careers as prostitutes. The film's title comes from one boy who declares that he is nothing but a commodity, a body for sale -- an attitude shared by many of his downcast contemporaries. At least one boy is infected with HIV, while others offer rationales for why they're not worried despite their constant engagement in unsafe sex both on camera and with clients. One of several similarly themed films from director Wiktor Grodecki, Body Without Soul follows the 1994 documentary Not Angels But Angels and precedes the 1997 feature Mandragora. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Czech documentary well translated but not for squeamish by kicza September 29, 2003 - 8:56 AM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
While this documentary is well translated the translation is not perfect. The young men who are telling of their lives of prostitution and underground porn filming in the Czech Republic they tend to ramble a bit. The translation is cleaned up a bit to get to the point that the young men are trying to make. The thing that is truly strange about this film is that while interviewing the Pornography director you get the feeling that he is not completely there mentally. This director who films young boys having sex also likes to perform autopsies. One half of his interview takes place as he is cutting a human corpse apart. While it does not show the full autopsy there are enough visuals that some of our more squeamish friends may not be able to deal with the unexpected change in filming style. I believe this was done in order to show that while the Porno Director is worried about his health and safety while working with the dead (Gloves, Rubber Boots, smocks and aprons) there is a huge lack of safety for these young boys in his films as they are not aloud to use condoms. A provocative look into child pornography and prostitution that shows some troubled young boys and a few young boys who delight in this now chosen career path.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 4.98)
59 Votes
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