Tonight's Free Weird Wednesday movie is like no other. Every frame looks like the coolest European S&M comic of the sick sick '60s. It screams supercoolness 24 times per second. And if it doesn't make a lot of sense - well, MUSIC AND LYRICS makes tons of sense, you can watch that instead. I'll just be over here with the degenerates and the bongos. The screening is at midnight and it's Free!
MASSACRE OF PLEASURE
MIDNIGHT, FREE, DIR. JEAN LUC GROSDARD, 1966, 35MM, 70 MIN, R
This is a completely insane French crime-sex film with a gorgeous high contrast visual aesthetic and a jumbled plot that exists for no other reason than to propel the viewer from one unsavory scene of sex or violence to another. A Rosetta Stone of sleaze that I’m still trying to decipher. It seems to be about a drug and prostitution ring that puts a contract out on its rivals. But the film was re-edited by the American distributor to eliminate any time-wasting scenes of plot exposition so it’s often hard to determine who that naked woman is or why those junkies are beating that guy up. No complaints though. This movie is like a cluster bomb of sex, violence and pure mid-60s European Cool. I really can’t compare this to any other movie. It’s more like an extended LSD hallucination or a particularly vicious black and white dream. Rare, recommended and wrong. (Lars)
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