It's rarely a bad idea to show some sex films. I mean...really. This is a small series and is intended, certainly, to entertain. But it's also intended to investigate both the fantasies and realities of sexual representation — that uncomfortable space where we so often find a huge gap. When you place a slick, erotic daydream like Camille 2000 against the gritty reality of A Labor of Love, the difference becomes all the more stark. And then there's The Wild Pussycat, a masterpiece of what-the-fuck-is-this-ism. It combines erotic scenes with some pretty rough sadism — but somehow becomes an intense, unintentional black comedy instead of a just another crappy 60s sexploitation picture. Combined, I hope the three films illustrate some of the perils and positives of depicting sex, and raise questions about how, or if, anything has ultimately changed. Stay tuned for 'Three-Way Redux: A Trilogy of Contemporary Erotica,' coming soon.
Camille 2000May 19, 2011 6:30pm
May 21, 2011 6:30pm
By Radley Metzger
Softcore sexploitation at its most stylish and sophisticated. Armand is a suave bachelor new to Rome, and gorgeous Marguerite is the prize catch of high society. Armand decides he must have her, but she is full of dark secrets... Camille 2000 has it all; delightfully retro costumes, kinky orgies, lavish palaces, champagne, ultra-cool cinematography, and a funky lounge score by cult composer Piero Piccioni. (1969, 115 min, 35mm)
A Labor of LoveMay 19, 2011 – May 21, 2011Screening Room
By Robert Flaxman & Dan Goldman
Director Robert Flaxman in person at both screenings!
An extremely rare documentary on the first and only hardcore feature film made in Chicago, A Labor of Love is just as much a chronicle of low-budget filmmaking as it is a study of the personal conflicts which come into play during the creation of a piece of "pornography," and the social mores which are violated. As the actors and crew members are interviewed, the filmmakers weave an intricate tableau of how those involved are both bonded and disheartened. (1976, 72 min, 16mm)
"...captures exactly what pornography cannot permit: the human reality of the sexual experience." — Roger Ebert
Read Ebert's original 1976 review »
The Wild PussycatMay 26, 2011 6:30pm
By Dimis Dadiras
The Greatest Film Ever Made?
We showed this film in May 2007, and everyone who was there (including YBCA’s Executive Director) will never forget it. A plot summary would sound insane. Let’s just say it’s the sick (and completely hilarious) story of a woman who takes revenge on her abusive, lecherous boyfriend. Sit back, say goodbye to sanity, and allow The Wild Pussycat to sink its claws into your soul. (1969, 88 min, 35mm)
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