Well, just after a first viewing, i have to say that for me this is a masterpiece; wild self contained universe with incredible aesthetics, surprising montage, unforgettable sequences. Really recommended, and give the movie its time whilst watching.
The amorous, like the political, is a sad (though not, of course, unamusing) farce. What an assemblage! The domestication of animals is just wildly, unbelievably absurd madness. And, of course, we are domesticated animals. Self-importance makes adorable, idiotic little boys of us all. This is just one of the best things I have ever seen. Jiminy Cricket!
I discovered Walerian Borowczyk's GOTO, ISLAND OF LOVE in the seventies at my high school's film club between an Ingmar Berman and a Stanley Kubrick movie. I remember the strange atmosphere of this film with the concerto of Haendel playing on Glossia's tearful face. Gono, Gonasta, Grozo, Gurto and Grymp ! GO TO GOTO !
I wonder if Borowczyk's movies stemmed from the accumulated outlandish trinkets he had at hand; but this one is yet another wonderful collection wrapped around a tragicomedic beauty of a story. Very nice!!
Rapports de force, intrigues, érotisme constellent cette oeuvre "expérimentale" qui rappelle l'atmosphère étouffante des romans de Franz Kafka et dont la richesse du montage et la multitude de lectures illusionnaient sur le talent réel du réalisateur... www.cinefiches.com
'Goto' is a strange composite of disparate elements, some working better than the others. It's a literary film, the comparison thrown around at my screening was Kafka but I can't help see more of Raskolnikov in Andreani's Gono. Partly a satire of fascism, it's also a moderately successful stalker thriller and fly-catching romp. Striking imagery, odd plotting.
Really this should be 3 1/2 stars.
I found it visually great, and the evocation of an insular society crumbling in on itself was well done. The central tale of Grozo – a kind of inverted Midas – was interesting enough, and the actor conveyed keen intelligence and moral wretchedness well.
Ultimately though, the film felt shallow to me. But that may change on my next viewing.