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Not a Star Wars Sequel
on 17 October 2017
For some reason I thought the title was 'In The Empire of the Senses'.
Where can I begin. I am old enough to have been a teenager when this film came out in the late 70;s.
I can see my brother and his Israeli girlfriend going to see this film at some small South of Houston or Greenwich Village cinema in 1977 and thinking it was amazing.
The Story: A servant girl at a bordello becomes the favorite of the master and they fall into a mad erotic affair of constant copulation. All you see from the get-go are (Amazon does not allow me to use the 'p' word or the 'v' word.. but that's all you see) and when he is not penetrating her, her lips are sucking on his garden Rooster! with the much liquid running from her lips. (again.. Amazon will not allow me to use more descriptive language.)
I got bored within 15 minutes.. raced ahead to discover they had become so obsessed that they retreat to a room in the house where they ostensibly ‘live’ and have constant sex, exploring ever more extreme routes to ecstasy. In one brief scene, a cleaning girl comes in and complains of the smell (a reversal of roles.. the coarse ill-educated cleaning girl has the refinement to know that the place stinks!).. The lovers now reduced to monkey-at-the-zoo master-pertur-bations respond with, ‘the smell excites us!’ At the end.. I don’t know what happens. She strangles him often during sex with a lovely colored-cord and one time it appears (maybe) that he has expired, but comes back to life and they go at it again. I don’t really know how it ends. I did not have the patience for the last 5 minutes.
In total, there was no story as such.. except the overwhelming surrender to an overwhelming force.. i.e. 2 attractors and the privilege of time and space to get lost in. A kind of sensory oblivion. Perhaps that should have been the title. Oblivion of the Senses.
I believe the French Director and production team exploited the great erotic art of the East in the making of this film. I suspect techy types will describe it's beauty and cinematography.. but in essence.. it had no story.. except their hunger for each other, prompted by a film crew.