Pushing his themes of sexual liberation to their boiling point, Yugoslavian art-house provocateur Dušan Makavejev followed his international sensation WR: Mysteries of the Organism with this full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie watching. Sweet Movie tackles the limits of personal and political freedom with kaleidoscopic feverishness, shuttling viewers from a gynecological beauty pageant to a grotesque food orgy with scatological, taboo-shattering glee. With its lewd abandon and sketch-comedy perversity, Sweet Movie became both a cult staple and exemplar of the envelope pushing of 1970s cinema. —The Criterion Collection
Dusan Makavejev, the most prominent director in new Yugoslav cinema is internationally recognized for his passionate, daring films that blend fiction with reality, and drama with humor. Many of these films contain experimental elements and were considered controversial for their eroticism and sharp criticism of Eastern European politics. Makavejev began making short films during the ‘50s just after he studied psychology at Belgrade University; he then went on to become active in several film societies and festivals while studying direction at the Academy for Radio, Television, and Film. He continued making shorts and documentaries for both Zagreb and Avala studios until the early ’60s. His interest in documentaries can still be see in his later fictional features. Makavejev’s first three features — Man Is Not a Bird (1966), Love Affair (1967), and Innocence Unprotected (1968) — won him international acclaim. In 1971, his fictionalized chronicle of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, WR: Mysteries… read more
i feel a little contrived saying this, but the movie feels very uncomfortably bourgeois and isn't able to overcome this with any satire. the approach is too cynical that the point of the movie loses itself, like an inside joke shared only with itself. i really do understand what makavejev intended to portray and communicate with his audience, i just...question the extent to which imagery must be carried out...
This movie is a waste of time. The "story" its barely put together, there are moments that just don´t make any sense and that come out at random and that are full of obscene imagery just for the sake of shock value. For me this was just a disgusting spectacle full of extreme sexual provocation and really disgusting moments. I felt it like a pretentious bizarre porn trying to pass as an " experimental arthouse" film.
I don’t feel “Sweet Movie” is full of death, in the sense that this may be the overpowering conceit of the film. However, the fact of the matter is that “the world is full of corpses” as Sailor Potemkin… read review
“Thinking can sometimes be a very dangerous exercise.” These are true words taken right out of Sweet Movie’s context, and pretty much sum up the entire Film. Sweet Movie starts out in a dream like… read review
Oddball mix of elements in Makevejev’s most way-out fantasia-collage, fusing critiques of consumerism and sexual politics with scatological comedy. However his usually eclectic magpie nest of ideas… read review