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A pornographic film without any nudity.


This film is a sad waste of talent and beauty. The problem lies with Arthur Schnitzler's morally degenerate story (which to be fair to Schnitzler, some say is really about the spread of venereal disease).

The people of Schnitzler's Vienna casually copulate to relieve their boredom, without much in the way of interpersonal involvement, or concern about consequences (there was not much contraception back then, or antibiotics if needed). They use the word "love", but all they ever mean is lust. It's quite difficult to care about any of the characters, though I admit I have a fondness for Danielle Darrieux, and would watch her in almost anything.

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What strange conclusions you've drawn about the film. It was sexually frank but by no means pornographic or morally degenerate.

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I have trouble taking the OP seriously, though I'm not sure. "Morally degenerate"? Love and passion are at the core of being human.

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I'm inclined to agree with you. Just imagine if the prostitute at the beginning had AIDS. All the characters would have contracted it by the end of the picture. I did like Alfred's speech to Emma about what he read in that book, though.

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There was no AIDS in 1900 but I see what you mean. Syphilis is bad enough.

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