Sweet Movie (1974)
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Surreal
Country: Canada | France | West Germany | Director: Dusan Makavejev
Language: English with French, Polish, Spanish & Italian parts
Subtitles: English for Non English parts (Hardcoded)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 98mn
HDWebrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 2.19gb
The intercut story of two women: a nearly-mute beauty queen who descends into withdrawal and madness, and another who captains a ship laden with candy and sugar, luring men and boys aboard for sex, death, and revolutionary talk. The beauty queen passes from a wealthy husband whose honeymoon delight is to urinate on her, to a muscular keeper who punches her, stows her in a suitcase, and ships her to Paris, to a lip-synching rock idol with whom she has a love spasm, to an Austrian commune complete with a banquet of vomit, urine, feces, chopped dildos, and wet nurses. By then she’s in a fetal position, until everyone’s rescued by reminders that “it’s just a movie.”
There are some films that are designed to shock, some designed to titillate, some that delight in disgusting the view. For Makavejev, shock, disgust and titillation are never the purpose, but a means to a form of psycho-liberation. Makavejev in Sweet Movie hurtles us head first into the confronting theses of Post-Freudian Wilhelm Reich. We are forced to confront our relationship to our primal beings. He literally smears our consciousness with faeces, vomit and carnality.
We cannot watch orgiastic scenes of regressive acts, a sensual striptease played out inches from the faces of young boys, Carol Laure masturbating in a pool of molten chocolate without a visceral reaction. We are forced to confront our own repressed desires and shine a light in the dark recesses of our own psyche.
Here is revolution at it’s most personal, montaged together with lashings of wild humour. Allow your head to give up control and come along for the ride. Recommended to anyone who is willing to put their concept of themselves on the line a risk a flirtation with prurient madness.
Plot sounds ridiculous but I’m tempted to watch it because of Pierre Clémenti. And Topor apparently has a cameo in it.
How about “Piccole labbra” 1978 with Clémenti? Beautifully shot for such a low budget project and I like the melancholic atmosphere overall.
I think the editions of “Piccole labbra” that have been available were all truncated. (?) Sometimes it’s quite difficult to find a title that is in fact uncut . . . .
I have it uncut, it’s an older rip though.
The longest cut I can get is 75mn
According to Imdb the theatrical release was 86 min. but afaik there’s no such VHS or DVD release available. There’s a 75 m. and a 81 m. version which I’ve come across online but never could compare them. Like the poster above said there seem to be tons of fanedits and more recently sold DVD’s (bootlegs I guess) are supposedly from a Canadian VHS or a Jap version with some scenes blurred out.
The version I mentioned is on an old PC and I think it’s 81 but maybe it’s the one you mention NLZ, not 100% sure now. Mine has italian audio and an English dub, no subtitles, that I know.
The actress may not have been underage at time of filming (I don’t know for sure, and in any case European standards on such things were certainly different), but looked as if she was. And of course the thematic situation, which is practically a sub-genre in itself. [“Lolita”, “Beau Pere”, and scores of other films.]
Another common factor is differences in runtime that could be accounted for by different framerates, PAL vs. NTSC, etc. Such differences would not usually exceed 3 to 4 minutes though. It’s when you get beyond that amount of discrepancy that you get into the alternate existing cuts and runtimes for films that can drive film buffs CRAZY !
Afaik Katya Berger’s birthdate is legit so she would have been 12 then. In many of the notorious coming-of-age films the girls are usually between 16 – 19 yrs old. Piccole labbra is besides Maladolescenza, L’immoralita and El Nido one of the few with the youngest heroines, if the birthdates are to be believed they were between 11 and 13. In Maladolescenza’s case it was confirmed in a German court because the DVD release in the mid 2000’s was deemed to be child porn!
I know if you’re a film buff then these mutilated releases and sloppy loveless DVD releases were they put on the useless standard extras like a few stills, biography, trailer…it drives you nuts. The liberties they take with dubbing are some of the worst imo.
When it comes to these coming-of-age films I guess they are two groups who collect them for different reasons: The ones who simply want them because of the nude stuff (I remember in early 2000 I came across sites who sold DVD’s with only nude cuts from all these films) and the film aficionados who value these films as a total artwork.