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.
When I first saw this film my reaction was - well, that was kind of dreary, if interesting. But, every couple of years I have this strong urge to return to the island of Goto. So much so, that it has become a permanent part of my inner landscape.
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 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!!
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 !