Destino

In the late 1940s, Walt Disney and Salvador Dali planned to collaborate on this animated short, only recently completed for the Disney studio by Dominique Monfery. Running seven minutes, it shows how much the prude and the libertine had in common as kitsch romanticists. The candy-coated surrealism on display is rated PG for what the MPAA cautiously describes as mild sensuality. (JR)

Published on 09 Jan 2004 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Ecstasy

Gustav Machaty’s erotic classic (1932) from Czechoslovakia, which introduced Hedy Lamarr to the world, is considered a curiosity and a period piece by some, but if my own memories are anything to go by, it still has its charms, both cinematic and sensual. Lamarr plays a sexually frustrated young wife who leaves her older husband and subsequently finds bliss with a younger man. 82 min. In Czech with subtitles. (JR)

Published on 09 Jan 2004 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Terror Of Mechagodzilla

By this late point in the cycle, Godzilla had become a good guy, so the Toho studios had to dream up a new series of adversaries for him; this one is a giant robot double that threatens the venerable lizard with an identity crisis. Inoshiro (aka Ishiro) Honda directed this 1975 monster movie. 83 min. (JR)

Published on 02 Jan 2004 in Featured Texts, by admin

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