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21 Ratings

Dirty Pictures

Directed by Etienne Sauret
United States, 2010
Documentary, Biography


Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin is the scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA, more commonly known as Esctasy.

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Dirty Pictures Directed by Etienne Sauret

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  • Matt Richards's rating of the film Dirty Pictures

    What should have been a fascinating doco on the godfather of psychedelic chemistry and his ongoing lifes-work exploring, testing and documenting chemical variants sits way too close to the surface. There are some truly profound observations but little revealed as to the motivation of such an interesting character. 2.5 stars

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Dirty Pictures

    As shaggy and disheveled as its Cheshire subject, this damn likable look at rogue chemist Sasha Shulgin's psychedelic life does an admirable job of recruiting supporting players to sketch out the broader story, from the exciting, moving, still inchoate business of exploiting the therapeutic potential of these compounds to the frustratingly persistent insipidity of post-'60s psychonautic culture. Ann anchors it all.

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