P.S. Attention Khmer speakers! Can you identify the tracks on this compilation by going here.
Revolution is a documentary about the the 60’s hippie scene in
Around the central subject of Today we meet other characters in Height Ashbury. One leader of a commune based out in the countryside predicts that cyberspace will rule our lives more in the future as well as predicting that we’ll have more leisure time (I’m not sure if everyone would all agree with the last point).
Interspersed throughout the documentary is some great music by the likes of Country Jo and The Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service and one interesting, but very brief clip of the all-girl group Ace of Cups. There are the obligatory psychedelic oil lights and camera zooms in and out of psychedelic posters. Also there is a fair amount of nudity, from the hippie commune in the countryside to an interview with swingers on a beach to a group of naked people doing some performance art infront of some liquid lights.
Towards the end of the movie there is quite a serious discussion with Today and one of her friends on the effects of LSD on human chromosomes and they ponder the probability of giving birth to mongoloide children. This is backed up with a stern warning from a scientist.
I enjoyed this documentary and Today seems like a nice average girl living the hippie life in
It’s a typical early 70s low budget exploitation movie concerning a town where the local male inhabitants are slowly being found dead after having sexual intercourse. As the movie trailer proclaimed “they’ll love the life right out of you” and this they literally did. Who is the woman or women committing these crimes? The first victims all worked for a local scientific research laboratory. Could there be a connection? Hmmm, maybe! Enter our hero, Agent Neil Agar. He is a chiseled jaw guy who can beat up six rapists and not get a hair out of place.
The movie plodded a long until the scene where a new girl is initiated into the bee colony (I don’t want to give too much away), but this scene was actually quite eerie as she stands naked and is coated in this gooey stuff by the other girls. She then stands inside a chamber and bees swarm on to her. I have a soft spot for movies where the evil character’s eyeballs are blank like in the Omega Man where they are totally white and in this movie where they are totally black.
As the murders continue in the town the army is called in to quarantine it. Well, army is probably not the best description. After the small army convoy of trucks is shown, the only soldiers seem to be two guys who are the least likely soldiers you could find. They were probably recruited straight out of a roller disco or something. Eventually these two soldiers are easily over powered by a sexy chick showing her breasts. In fact all the girls in this film strip off at some point. So if you like silly low budget 70’s exploitation then you’ll probably enjoy this movie.
Sweet &Savage: The World Through the Shockumentary Film Lens.
By Mark Goodall
Published by Headpress
Reality TV shows have become the staple bread of TV viewing from police car chases, to natural disasters, to groups of people stuck on tropical islands, but long before these became part of our television culture, there were mondo documentaries or shockumentaries. These documentaries can be traced right back to the early days of cinema, but it wasn’t until Italians Jacopetti and Prosperi’s 1962 seminal Mondo Cane that the genre finally took hold. This landmark documentary consisted of a travelogue of bizarre rituals and practices from the third world as well as the western world. It was tinged with a sense of black humor, but would also leave the viewer feeling unsettled. An example of this is a close-up of the breasts of girls parading to attract American sailors along the French Riviera to cut suddenly to the breast of a
The story concerns the beautiful Nami Matsushima (aka
Being a ‘women in prison’ movie, it contains all the usual clichés - lesbianism, catfights etc., but this Japanese movie is different. The cinematography is stylish and the artistic direction is amazing leading the viewer to never feel bored. One scene which stands out involves Nami remembering her past with her boyfriend. This is played out like a large stage play with the action moving from one part of the stage to the other with the scenery revolving to create the next scene. It’s a clever ploy and very mesmerizing in what could have been just another women in prison movie. Another scene of significance is when a fellow prison is trying to attack her in the showers and in her fury the prisoner temporarily transforms into a possessed witch.