Sweet Movie

Sweet Movie

Director: Dusan Makavejev Cast: Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti, Anna Prucnal
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Overview

Sweet Movie

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, Miss Monde 1984 (Carole Laure) is auctioned off to Mr. Kapital (Animal House's John Vernon), a Texas oil billionaire with an odd perversion. Instead of deflowering her on her wedding night, he sterilizes the terrified girl's body with rubbing alcohol and showers her in urine with his massive gold-plated penis, while an audience watches bemusedly through his bedroom window. She later escapes from her bridegroom, in a suitcase, and winds up at a wild Viennese commune whose participants indulge in public defecation and a food orgy that wraps with a massive display of gurgling, yakking, and vomiting. At the tale's conclusion, Miss Monde shoots a television commercial that involves writhing nude in a giant vat of chocolate, with which she is completely drenched from head to toe, as the cameras roll. The second story involves a woman, Anna Planeta (Anna Prucnal) piloting a candy-filled boat down a river, with a massive papier-mache head of Lenin on the prow and a lover in-tow who is a refugee from the Battleship Potemkin. She eventually does a seductive striptease and seduces a pack of children, then makes love to her paramour in a vat of sugar and stabs him through the heart. Throughout the film, Makavejev includes shock cuts to Nazi autopsy footage and medical experimentation footage, some of which involves physical abuse of infants under the guise of "baby gymnastics." Although it has its admirers, Sweet Movie is something of an acquired taste. And that's putting it kindly.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2007
UPC: 0715515024327
Original Release: 1974
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 17,324

Special Features

New, restored high-definition transfer, supervised and approved by director Dusan Makavejev; New video interviews with Makavejev and Balkan film scholar Dina Iordanova; Actress Anna Prucnal sings a song from the film; New and improved subtitle translation; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by critic David Sterritt and Harvard professor ; and philospher Stanley Cavell

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Laure Miss Monde 1984
Pierre Clementi Potemkin Sailor
Anna Prucnal Anna Planeta
Sami Frey El Macho
Jane Mallet PDG
John Vernon Mr. Kapital
Catherine Sola Actor
Louis Bessieres Actor
George Melly Actor
Roland Topor Actor
Max Fischer Actor
Robin Gammell Actor
Sonny Forbes Actor
Denis Boucher Actor
Sabine Haudepin Actor
Marpessa Dawn Mama Communa
Otto Muehl Actor

Technical Credits
Dusan Makavejev Director,Screenwriter
Yan Dedet Editor
Leonhard Gmuer Asst. Director
Manos Hadjidakis Score Composer
Pierre Lhomme Cinematographer
Vincent Malle Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweet Movie
1. Opening Credits
2. The Crazy Daisy Show
3. The Survival
4. Happy Forever
5. The Marriage Bed
6. "You Need a Good Sailor on This Boat
7. Miss World and Mr. Muscle
8. Luv Bakunin's Bath
9. "Let Us Think of These Things Always..."
10. El Macho
11. Stuck Situation
12. Kids in a Candy Store
13. Milky Way
14. The Meal
15. "Is It Cow Shit or My Beloved?"
16. Gymnastics for Babies
17. "Sugar Is Dangerous"
18. Organ
19. Marx's Tears
20. Chocolate
21. .".. and Speak of Them Never"
22. End Credits
23. Color Bars

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