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The Raspberry Reich [2004] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Susanne Sache, Andreas Rupprecht, Daniel Batscher, Dean Strathis, Anton Z. Risan
  • Directors: Bruce LaBruce
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bad Cat
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014JGFH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,171 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A film by Bruce LaBruce. Gudrun, the charismatic leader of a group of international terrorists, engages a band of impressionable young men in the fight against war, oppression, capitalism and Corn Flakes. The Reich kidnaps the son of Germany's wealthiest banker in an attempt to kick-start their cause, but Gudrun's desire to embrace 'radical chic' and destroy the bourgeois construct of sexual identity sets everything spinning out of control.

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Held good promise on the review on the case but did not deliver.
Overlong, appalling acting, dire script, all in all a total load of rubbish. I have purchased some low budget movies over the years that have been surprisingly good. This was not one of them. The actaul idea and storyline could have been made into someting really quite excellent but this film never delivers. I would ask for my money back had I seen it at the cinema.
I have given one star as I cannot give less. I suppose I could say the odd sex scence was erotic.
I would not bother with this one.
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One of the funniest and most intelligent films I have ever seen! Not for everyone for sure, but if you like independant films that go way over the line, then this might be for you! Make sure to get the uncut version of the film though (the R1 DVD is uncut), or hunt down the directors version, which is called "The Revolution Is My Boyfriend". Everybody now: "Join the homosexual intifada!"
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I must admit, there was not so much comedy as "pornography". Although all the juicy parts are "censored" or covered up by the slogans used by political organisations. But I love everything that Bruce LaBruce makes & can't wait for the next film to hit the stores!
In short: The Raspberry Reich is a film which explores what LaBruce calls "terrorist chic", cult dynamics and the power of homosexual expression. An "uncut" version of the film has been released, titled "The Revolution Is My Boyfriend", edited by the gay pornographic film company Cazzo Film including erotic scenes edited out in the original version.
The scenes are somewhat funny when they are making "love", but the movie is filled with slogans used to convey the politics of the Raspberry Reich. It's bit strange & confusing for general audience. But if you loved such movies as Hustler White [DVD] [1996] or for that matter OTTO; Or Up With Dead People [DVD] [2008] you must certainly will love this one as well! So in conclusion if you are an open minded person, who is certain of his/hers sexuality - see this movie: rent it or buy it!

Some special features also available:
* Interviews with Bruce LaBruce & Jürgen Brüning
* Introduction by Bruce LaBruce
* Director/Producer Commentary
* Special Guest Stars: Tony Blair & George W. Bush
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This film had me clutching my DVD's of Latter days, Beautiful thing, Beautiful laundrette, Liles and quite a few others in glee that some people know how to make good gay genre films!!!

It's rubbish! The acting was dire, the constant yelling of the main female made you want to press mute all the time. The well overlong and tedious sex scene at the beginning where she bonked everywhere, yelling and screaming,made me so many times want to press stop. Just stop the endless dirge. But I thought, maybe it gets better... maybe all will be alright....but nope. Maybe it was funny and sending over some ironic message, I don't really know as my attention wandered to other exciting things like counting the hairs on my arms and wondering if it was going to rain. It was a mixture of noise, annoying words floating across the screen that she had just said so really didn't need to be there and bits of long boring rhetoric and bare flesh. Guess if you just wanted to see some male bodies and a bit of sex, turning the sound off and pressing forward will give you some of that, but all in all I can't really see why anyone would wanna watch this again. If you like torturing yourself, by all means watch this, if you don't, there are most probably about a million much better things you could be spending your pounds, dollars, euros, yens, whatever on! Avoid big time!
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The Contrivance
The self-style "Sixth Generation of the Baader-Meinhof Gang", later referred to in the film as "The Raspberry Reich" kidnaps the son of a wealthy industrialist, with a view to making demands of the said industrialist. In moving towards making those demands we learn of the dogma of the leader of the group (Gudrun) which includes the importance of personal life in revolution, including the breaking of heterosexual and possessive sexual norms. This she claims as the Homosexual Intifada, which did provide a rather humorous basis for the movie.

The Prose
Director Bruce La Bruce was also the writer, and it's hard to see in which role he was worse. There were some classic lines: "How many times have I told you that homosexuality is only to be used for revolutionary purposes?", "The Revolution is my boyfriend" and "Heterosexuality is the opiate of the masses", amongst others. But really the script could have been written on the back of a beer coaster.

The Talent
It was remarkable that Director Bruce La Bruce could have amassed such a list of truly ordinary actors. I did not know Susanne Sachsse (aka Susanne Sachße) who played the lead female role, and so was very surprised to learn that she had starred in over 30 movies, and in fact had professional training. I can only put it down to bad direction - there is simply no other way to get such gogglingly-bad acting. Okay, so I made up the word gogglingly-bad, but you get my drift.
Out of the 30-something credited actors, only one stood out, and that was Pünktchen who played the Drag Queen Bouncer. A small part, but oh so convincing.

To talent of the other kind, and this movie was chockers with it.
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