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Milestone of the Times


Around the time this film was being made there was a shift being made in consciousness which sparked many attempts to explain scientifically the new beliefs of the age and usher in not only a new decade, but a new mindset.

This mindset was a marriage of Science and Spirituality. The sexual revolution had begun, and out of that came a deeper understanding of sexual acceptance, and the power of sex and social norms, and lways at the height of these schools of thought was the journey of the soul.

Now being a relatively new school of thought in the west, movies never seemed to go too far beyond the superficial, but were more a means of making tangible the experience of the soul, desire, and bring it all into a context of the natural world.

That is what this movie then is.

A mummy narrates sexual vignettes concerning the endless struggle of the sexes, and the bizarre displays of human behavior in the pursuit of satisfaction.

A very fascinating movie, thoroughly enjoyable, and a remarkable milestone for the western mind sprouting in the soil of this profound new territory.

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I thought it was awful.

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I found this film to be an enjoyable and interesting oddity.

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That's a wonderful description of this wholly original and somewhat unsettling film, Kittysafe. I'm still not sure what I just saw, but I can honestly say my mind is open just a bit more after seeing it – and reading your post puts it in the proper context of the experimental time in which it was released.

Do you know in what venue this film would have played? Drive-ins? Grindhouses? Arthouses? College sex classes? Regardless, it's worth seeking out for those who love oddball cinema. I'll give it 7/10 for now, but I might upgrade later on future viewings.

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This was an arthouse film, and trying to bestow description on it is utterly pointless. Like its American title (and the title used for this DVD release), it truly is “bizarre” and unlike anything else released in Britain at the time, in either the horror or sex arenas.

The film is structured as an anthology in the vein of Dead Of Night or Dr. Terror's House Of Horror, with the idea of mixing horror and eroticism to illuminate the timeless "Battle of the Sexes".

So we have a talking mummy (voiced by Valentine Dyall) introducing a series of modern soft-core sex stories about which he then philosophizes at length. That his highbrow musings rarely reflect on anything in the stories is no more odd than the fact that he's the only character dubbed so badly that his gauze covered lips never match what's being said!

At any rate, after fearing I was in for a night of soft-core porn I was shocked to find several of the stories were actually pretty smart. Yes, there is a ridiculous 'Cat Burglar' sequence in which a female thief seduces her victim after being caught in the act (cue cheesy porn soundtrack), but this is offset by four tales of higher quality. My favorite one is a horror story concerning an older man and his younger wife's decision to have a child; the final one recounting an older lady's romantic history and how it's affected her greenhouse plants is a nice capper. I really enjoyed the dialog in these segments. It never sounds natural at all but it has a strange theatrical feel.

These tales blend poorly with the other stories but are the highlights and stick in the memory. The comedy high spot is the fairly amusing tale of "Lindy Leigh", a British spy spoof that manages to include some nice nudity and a few chuckles as well. (It nearly goes off the rails when it stops dead to show us the silent black & white comedy Lindy and her male companion watch in a theater. Did I mention the film is odd?)

If this sucker had been described to me before I saw it I wouldn't have been interested. These types of sex movies tend toward the dull, relying on softcore groping/fondling and copious nudity to keep the audience seated — but they always drive me to the fast forward button. Thankfully, for the most part, Bizarre is not that kind of boring T & A show. It's obvious director Antony Balch had more on his mind than just titillation. Going on a capsule synopsis I would've passed this by and missed an interesting picture. Definitely not for everyone (or even most), this is a very eccentric one indeed. Recommended for connoisseurs of strange cinema only.

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Very perceptive observations, Kittysafe!

I also suspected I was in for 90 minutes of softcore porn, but I was pleasantly surprised that this film had so much more. It could have gone just the skin route instead of making a claim to "legitimacy," but instead it chose to expand the boundaries of the skin flick, the horror flick, the spy spoof, the educational film and the romantic comedy.

I also was a bit annoyed that the mummy clearly isn't voicing the words he supposedly speaks, and I noticed a few other continuity problems as well. During the cat burglar sequence, after the couple take a shower, they undies (I assume the actors didn't want to go all the way in that regard) are dry when they're on the bed.

But that's quibbling. I also loved the early segment with the septuagenarian and the young scientist wife who knew her risks of bearing his child – and chose to go through with them. This film defies description, and to say that it's not for everyone is an understatement. Of course, there are many people who are drawn to films that are not for everyone, and for that reason this deserves to be better known – on both sides of the pond.




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Hard to believe I wrote that review 6 years ago.

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Time flies, doesn't it?

Say, have you ever listened to the commentary track by the executive producer and a film historian on the Synapse DVD? Normally I don't care for commentary tracks, but that one might be helpful here.

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The two short William Burroughs' movies packaged as extras on the same DVD are worth a look.

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Yes, I just watched "Towers Open Fire," and I'm about to watch "The Cut Ups."

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