The Other Side of the Underneath (Blu-Ray)  [Region Free]
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The first full commercial release of the 1972 film based on the play of the same name adapted and directed by Jane Arden. The film is an exploration into the mind of a young woman marked as a schizophrenic after suffering a mental breakdown only to find that the cause is not due to her insanity but rather a distorted sexual guilt constructed by the prohibitive community in which she lives.
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The late Jane Arden's 'free' adaptation of her own play, itself a devised piece, positively reeks of pot, kaftans and feminist theory. It's by no means an easy watch (in an interview on the disc it's revealed that the actresses were all out of their collective gourds on acid during the central group therapy scenes and believe me it shows) and Arden herself was apparently Brahms and Liszt throughout the seemingly rather unhappy shoot. It's pretty exploitative stuff - think a hippy female version of Lars von Trier.
Admittedly at a rather gruelling and unstructured 1 hour and 46 mins it won't be everyone's cup of tea but if head shops, RD Laing and the Incredible String Band make you wake up and pay attention, this could be for you, man. Or more correctly, woman.
The film excels in depictions of violent, sometimes symbolic brutality and the animal side of sexual release, which makes it not an altogether pleasant viewing experience. However, it is never short of powerful and compelling and never falls short of attempting to offend through its rejection of false icons (one wonders how the stiff-upper-lipped received it in 1972). The juxtaposition of bare breasts and crucifixion in the latter half was especially upsetting for some. It is never less than avant-garde and experimental, which obviously narrows it's potential audience somewhat. But, if you like your cinema to challenge, it's another Mother Lode from the BFI.Read more ›
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.. well I wanted to shout shutup a few times at the screen, had no idea what was going on, felt a bit guilty, thought about germaine greer, read the inlay notes, felt a bit more... Read morePublished on 15 April 2011 by lomesa
Imagine if Sigmund Freud had gatecrashed a Gypsy wedding party where they were staging a performance of "Marat/Sade", and started up a discussion on hysteria, mental degradation... Read morePublished on 29 July 2009 by Brady Orme