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Art Of Love (1988)

Laura Betti , Massimo Girotti , Walerian Borowczyk  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Betti, Massimo Girotti, Philippe Lemaire, Michele Placido, Simonetta Stefanelli
  • Directors: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Art Of Love" on IMDb

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1983 arty adult film by director Walerian Borowczyk. Hailed by Vincent Canby of the New York Times, The Art Of Love is Borowczyk's final film of his Immoral Trilogy . A lushly bizarre erotic tale, The Art Of Love is set in Rome, 8 A.D., where the poet Ovid watches over an epoch of forbidden seduction and unnatural acts among maidens, centurions, servant girls and the occasional farm animal. Borowcxyk's film is now fully restored including the Roman Orgy sequence and presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America.


Borowczyk Is Fascinated By Women & Amazed By All The Erotic Possibilities They Present --Vincent Canby, The New York Times

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Fine Art of Bait and Switch July 11, 2010
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This film is trying to be a dark version of a David Hamilton film, but it only succeeds in being capricious and illogical. The two girls who are meant to be the center of the story are treated by the filmmakers as marionettes. Are they supposed to have the obsessive/reluctant lesbian relationship we saw in Lost and Delirious? Are they supposed to be a devoted pair against the evils of the world? Are they supposed to be only having the innocent girl/girl affections of Un été à Saint-Tropez? Apparently, all of these at the same time. Really, they just do whatever the script says for no good reason, and this is an insult to them and their secondary players who are not bad actors. Jacqueline Bisset, who plays the headmistress, is likewise misplaced and clearly is acting above the level of writing she's given.

As said elsewhere, the film is all over the place; tender one minute, gruesomely callous the next, with an ending that is pedantic in its melodrama. The title is about some other film, since this one presupposes to be about girls who are either to be sold to nobles as pretty sex toys or coldly buried in the basement. Yet there's no hint of training in the "Art of Love", either in the `70s sense of The Story of 'O' or even a softer version. Sure, there's discipline and dark secrets, but neither come from an institutionalization of sexual slavery to men. The "prima ballerina" is simply given over to the prince after having trained heavily for a dance performance. Here, Hidalla suddenly and inexplicably begins openly flirting with the prince, which leads to equally sudden and unfounded tragedy for Irene.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was this supposed to be? June 22, 2010
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First off, the movie runs about 1 hr 35min not 17 mins as it is listed. It also costs $2.99 and not $1.99 for a 7 day rental. This movie was a trip. It's about a school for girls in the middle of nowhere that teaches ballet. I assume we were to interpret that this is a "finishing school". The plot surrounds its self around making the girls wanting to become the "primaballerina" for the ballet for the prince. One girl decides that she likes one of the other girls and tries to get the girl to start liking her. Once they are together they become inseperable and start getting into dumb stuff. They try to be secretive so that know one finds them out and try to run away from the school. People are killed and there is nudity in this film (which I hope the girls were of age when they filmed this). The head mistress wants to remain the head honcho and does not like the other woman that is trying to "steal" the school from her. The ending makes no sense. The prince and his paupers were all old perverts. I hate ordering movies that don't make sense and this one fits the bill.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but worth watching May 17, 2010
As a Borowczyk fan, I must say I enjoy The Art Of Love, although it may not be his best film. An ambitious ode to poet Ovid, one gets the feeling a larger budget would have been needed to get this done just right. Boro does his best with some nice soft focus and natural lighting, giving the proceedings an airy, glowing look similar to Behind Convent Walls and Emmanuelle 5. Sadly, the print used here gives it a washed out, at times over-exposed look. A film using soft-focus and unusual lighting definitely needed more care in the transfer, and much color correction.

Plotwise, it's basically the story of a handsome Roman general, his cheating wife and her young lover, a student of Ovid. There's a dream-like air of fantasy to the story, and the narrative takes a backseat to the visuals, intentionally I'd say. Performances by the talented and striking cast are hindered by sloppy dubbing, although the lovely score by Luis Bacalov adds much.

So I say, Borowczyk fans check it out... those looking for smut will find Art Of Love too arty and slow, historians probably a bit too pervy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst rental ever!!! July 20, 2012
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This movie is a horrible waste of time to watch and an embarrassment for fine actors.

Even the title is misleading, definitely no fine art of love here. The ending was even worse than the movie itself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful July 4, 2014
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An awful waste of time and money- really hated this stupid boring movie
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1.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't watch again. February 17, 2014
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The story line was not that great. The relationships needed to be developed more. The ending did not resolve anything.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Fine Art Of Sin February 6, 2014
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Away from prying eyes, there's a school that teaches young girls how to please their elite masters. On the surface, it's an orphanage doubled as a 'finishing school' where the girls learn dance, music, and etiquette taught by severe demanding teachers headed by a heartless headmistress played by Jacqueline Bisset. But a completely different reality is hidden beneath this facade.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time. Refund!!!! January 8, 2014
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I don't know who created this movie or why. It was awful. Should be taken off the list completely. Awful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak
Weak as story-telling and as erotica.
Published 2 months ago by Richard A. Hatch
4.0 out of 5 stars I would give it 3 1/2 Stars
It was pretty good. Acting was good, story was good. Four stars might be a little too strong. But I wasn't disappointed that I rented it, can't compare it to any other movie.
Published 13 months ago by CLAIR GERVAIS
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good movie a liitle short but interesting story goes to show that everyone has a secret.i enjoy it.great movie.
Published 13 months ago by john morley butler
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK, I would not recommend it
The movie is about a French Orphnage of young girls. You do not understand their problems, where the girls are coming from, or why they are there until the end. Read more
Published 16 months ago by GBoswell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth the time
Love renting movies from Amazon, but this really wasn't worth the time. I enjoy passionate movies, but the story just isn't there, it leaves a dark feeling.
Published 16 months ago by ladycathryn2005
2.0 out of 5 stars The Fine Art of Love
I don't really know what else to say except strange and disturbing. Not at all was I was expecting. I don't recommend this for anyone.
Published 21 months ago by Linds
1.0 out of 5 stars pure garbage
this story could have been wonderful and highly erotic instead what we get for our money is a story with too few sex scenes hardly any lesbianism and uneccary violence I was so... Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Davey Houston
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