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  1. David R Williams's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Yes, very Fantastic Planet. An enjoyably erotic trifle.

  2. Susannah Magers's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    A narrated short that focuses on detailed drawings of pan-gender beings (engaged in all kinds of sexual activities) whose sex organs appear and morph into various manifestations, human and otherwise, according and adapting to their arousal. Reminds me slightly of Isabella Rossellini's fabulous Green Porno series. Very short and very worth it!

  3. Monkey Flix's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

  4. Gracie Thompson's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Very creative erotic drawings are depicted in this short film with added layers of Celtic music and snails to make for an overall intriguing yet uncomfortable watch.

  5. Blake Stefansen's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Simply a showcase of Bona de Mandlargues animal pastels, a montage of his work combined with non-diegetic sound bridging may appeal to fans of these pastels. From a cinematic stand point, there is not much to go from other than the panning of the camera for each painting. Simply put, a short rendition showcasing the works of Mandlargues seems to be the main appeal.

  6. Ghostman's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    a very intriguing showcase of erotic animist pastels. They reminded of Francis Bacon's painting's but not as harsh and dark as those. I respect Walerian Borowczyk's commitment to surreal perversity.

  7. tsamaroden's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Well, I guess this film is avant-garde for a reason. Fascinating drawings though.

  8. EdieEmm's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    The best case I’ve ever heard made for the argument that the distinction between human & animal is a fiction was Agamben’s The Open. The 2nd best is Venus on the Half-Shell. I HAD NO IDEA what I was in for. Even knowing Borowczyk. Though, I also had no idea that mutual intromission (!!!) was a thing?! (Or a “garland of spintrian gastropods”?) "There is no lewdness which has not its normal type in nature, somewhere."

  9. Funda Can Çuvalcı's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    I liked the drawings; they reminded me of Dali's style.

  10. siobhantebbs's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Beside the (enchanting) drawings and poetry, thanks to the lizard for serving as a metaphor for erotic liberation. We should make the most of the bodies we find ourselves in!

  11. Alcock Hitchfred's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

  12. katerpink's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    This short film shows a group of erotic drawings about how human and animal nature interlace with each other during sexual acts.

  13. Tiba Hobus's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

  14. Miguel_GFloyd's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    While it all does come down to a matter of taste, it is easy to recognize the intention of this short film. So for the sake of sharing the works of the artist, with often erotic depictions, the film does its job in conveying a short but concise narrative through simple yet detailed sketches.

  15. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Sprightly and utopian. Like a wet dream after reading Junji Ito's 'Uzumaki'. I think Isabella Rossellini's 'Green Porn' is even better though!

  16. Crystal's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    A series of erotic illustrations attempts to unveil the true nature of human sexuality. Bona’s human/animal creatures link the base sexual desires of humans to animals. Humans exhibit only behavior already present in nature, nothing more.

  17. Shane Schenck's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    This was very interesting, to say the least. The drawings were very in depth, as were the similes used to describe intercourse. This was very well thought out and a film sure to make most people uncomfortable.

  18. josh's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    This short was very odd and actually interesting. I was curious to see what exactly was going to happen and it was just a few minutes of strange drawings that combined animal and people which in this case is the snail. The snail is found in many other Walerian Borowczyk films as well. The shots on this were close up shots that capture each drawing. It has hard transitions that lead to the next drawing. Odd film.

  19. Corey's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    I'm not really sure what I just watched? A woman talking about the sex lives and genitalia of mythical creatures? Interesting...

  20. Ashley Baker's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    A very brief look at an artist’s work that is both beautiful and thought-provoking at the same time. These drawings question not only our stunted views on sexuality but also our very backward views on gender identity and their social constructs. The pictures themselves are beautiful to look at and innovative in the way she incorporates the snail motif throughout.

  21. نايف الجهني's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

  22. Em Kim's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Interesting incite and depiction of eroticism in art. Food for thought that borders somewhere between subjects of disgust and sexual fantasy.

  23. Zac Weber's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    The drawings seem influenced by Fantastic Planet, which came out two years earlier. I was most intrigued by the moments when Borowczyk wove in the live action shots.

  24. Carina Dybevick's rating of the film Venus on the Half-Shell

    Oh, Walerian Borowczyk. Always introducing me to something new. This series of illustrations was at first slightly disturbing to me; I am not particularly interested in the addition of snails to eroticism. However, De Pisis is an extraordinarily talented artist. She captures motion and emotion with the direction/placement of each figure and body part. Worth watching even just to see her pet iguana at the end.

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