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!
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.
Agamben’s book The Open made the best case I’ve ever heard made for the argument that the distinction between human & animal is fiction. Venus on The Half-Shell is a close 2nd. I had NO IDEA what I was in for. Even knowing Borowczyk. But then, 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.