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(052) VENUSBERG (1963) Marisa Mell early film | Rolf Thiele
(052) VENUSBERG (1963) Marisa Mell early film | Rolf Thiele

director: Rolf Thiele
starring: Marisa Mell Nicole Badal Monica Flodquist Christine Granberg Ina Duscha Jane Axeli

Seven peculiar women arrive, one after another, at a snow-covered Bavarian country home owned by a gynecologist named Alphonse. Apparently, at one time, these women were (or are) his mistresses. They have now been invited to this remote spot in the wilderness to meet with him for numerous undisclosed reasons. As they wait for Alphonse, the women share secrets, experience fear, enflame hatred and eventually face their own femininity.

In 1963, this motion picture was considered 'the most scandalous film of the year.' It was scheduled to open throughout Europe during the lucrative boxoffice Easter Week. However, the Catholic Church lodged a mandate against the distributor, Nora Films, forbidding the premiere to occur during Holy Week [arguing 'this is a sacred ecclesiastical occasion, not a public holiday']. The FSK (i.e., Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaftdelay), the censorship arm of Europe's film industry, agreed with the Vatican's demand and postponed the run. The movie was was burdened with further requests for edits (of objectionable material) causing the studio, Schorcht Films, to file for bankruptcy. Limited 'adults only' screenings would showcase the film through various independent venues in Germany, Sweden, Italy and France with no visual censorship. But, essentially, the Catholic Church had managed to diffuse the the motion picture.

Even though - by today's standards - VENUSBERG doesn't hit the 'tantalizing/scandalous level' of 1963, this film is surprisingly contemporary and widely on-target with regards to its unique feminist narrative. The performances [especially by Marisa Mell in her first lead role] are stunning, coy and raw. The camerawork by Wolf Wirth is breathtaking, easily on par with Gianni Di Venanzo's exquisite work with Federico Fellini [the film is very reminiscent of 8 1/2]. And director Rolf Thiele's insightful vision, while demanding and controversial, is an absolute masterful achievement in cinema.

A German movie with optional ON/OFF English subtitles;
fullcreen format, (88 min.), in DVD format, encoded for NTSC ALL REGIONS,
playable on any American DVD machine. Extras include Marisa Mell theatrical trailers.

SemiNudity/Sexual Brutality
for Mature Audiences

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