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Eros (2005)

Michelangelo Antonioni , Michelangelo Antonioni  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Di Carlo, Enrica Antonioni
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 15 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C3L26Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eros" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Lo Sguardo di Michelangelo): a short film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Theatrical trailer

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Product Description

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality by three directors from three distinct cultures. From a relationship unrequited for many years between a high end call girl and her tailor to a menage-a-trois between a husband and wife on the Tuscan seaside, to an exploration of an erotic dream by a psychiatrist and his patient. Prepare to explore the deepest realms of human desire.

DVD Features:
Other:Bonus short film "Eye to Eye" by Michelangelo Antonioni
Theatrical Trailer

Three world-class directors put their auteurist stamps on this anthology of films dealing with sex, desire, and obsession. First, and best, is "The Hand," Wong Kar-Wai's ravishing drama set in 1960s Hong Kong. Chang Chen stars as an apprentice tailor who becomes enthrall to an imperious, tragically downwardly mobile courtesan (Gong Li). During their first meeting, she takes a hands-on interest in his sexual initiation, explaining that the memory will inspire him to make beautiful clothes for her. Steven Soderbergh lightens the mood with "Equilibrium," starring Robert Downey Jr. as a very anxious 1950s adman relating a curious dream to a very distracted psychiatrist (the always wonderful Alan Arkin). Last, and sadly, least, is Michelangeolo Antonioni's "The Dangerous Thread of Things" about an estranged couple, a tryst, and dancing nude on the beach. A world away from such towering masterworks as L'Aventura, it's elusive and pretentious, almost like an SCTV parody of 1960s foreign films. But here, for the more prurient viewers, is the earthy, gratuitious nudity and frolicking sex for which one might desire in a movie titled Eros. --Donald Liebenson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessive Love May 28, 2007
I am going to cut to the chase and talk about my favorite out of the three -
which would be "The Hand."

I am fully aware of the fact that human beings have the tendency to pursue the unattainable with the utmost intense passion that sometimes, the term "pedestal" does not even begin to scratch the surface. If I were to compare this young tailor's obsession to something chemical, it was like watching a hollow heroin addict hopelessly devoted to the possibility of achieving his ultimate fix of love - from someone who was completely incapable of reciprocating such organic emotion.

We see it over and over again.
This type of "tragedy" takes up a huge chunk of the "love department" in the entertainment industry -
or at least among us melodramatic Asians...

But aside from the story -
it's worth it to watch just because the visual and emotional impact of this movie alone is indeed a work of art.
However, I would like to emphsize that my 5 stars only applies to "The Hand."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Two well-crafted erotic tales sandwiched around a cartoon intermission directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The first, and best of the short films, "The Hand" is both moving and erotic. The third, "The Dangerous Thread of Things" is muddled. . .but it steams, and thus deserves its place in an collection of erotica. The second, well. . .

(Sssh. I enjoyed it. It made me laugh. It is insightful. It is a sketch of two interesting, memorable characters. But here's my theory: the producers asked each filmmaker to make something erotic. Soderbergh simply misheard and made something neurotic.)

Each film is introduced by captivating, surreal animation--a tie that binds the collection--a joy to watch themselves.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Faces of Eros April 15, 2007
By Galina
"Eros" (2004) is the collection of three short films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose"), Steven Soderbergh (segment "Equilibrium") , and Kar Wai Wong (segment "The Hand"). Each film explores the always exiting and mysterious subjects of love, sexuality, and desire.

My favorite is "The Hand" - a sensual, emotional, powerful and very sad story about a young tailor who put the years of unrequited love for a beautiful call girl in an exquisite dress he created for her. He knew the exact measurements from touch. This segment is so great that I am ready to buy a DVD just to be able to see it often. It is a brilliant work of art from one of the greatest working directors now.

Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is a funny duet between two excellent actors, Alan Arkin as a voyeuristic shrink and Robert Downey Jr. as his patient who has a reoccurring dream about a beautiful woman.

Michelangelo Antonioni's segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose" aka "The Dangerous Thread of Things" has been called the weakest in the trio. Many posters call it garbage, the total waste of time, the soft -porn made by a man who "got old and got horny". I personally did not find it a waste of time and if the man at 92 wants to make a little film that celebrates beauty and femininity - so be it. I feel that Michelangelo's segment is much deeper than it seems - even on the surface it is very attractive to look at.

3.5/5 or 7/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World of Eros June 26, 2009
"The Hand" tells a modernday version of "CAMILLE" with a beautiful courtesan doomed to die of a social disease (or TB?) with a handsome tailor so in love with her he can sew a complete outfit for her without ever touching her body. Sad, sad, sad, and Gong Li so beautiful and tragic.

Ëquilibrium" has Alan Arkin and Robert Downey Jr in a brief story that's a cross between Tony consulting Dr, Melfi in THE SOPRANOS and an episode of AMC's hit series MAD MEN. As a lesson in how great advertising copy is born, not made, this cannot be topped. I didn't enjoy, however, Soderbergh's superbusy direction of his stars, who wind up sounding nearly as artificially mannared as Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HUDSUCKER PROXY. You can see why these actors jumped into the project, but it isn't all that enjoyable.

Finally, in "THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS," Michelangelo Antonioni wipes the floor with WKW and Soderbergh, and apparently he did so from an oxygen tank, flat on his back, without being able to speak to his actors. What a story he gives us! Christopher (Christopher Buchholz, the son of Horst Buchholz and nearly as good looking as his father) is married to Chloe, a beautiful young woman who now hates Christopher for the crime of boredom against her. The two of them had once been successful vineyard owners and wine merchants, but their relationship has soured when he stopped wanting to make love to her. She demands that they try to rekindle what they had with a trip to Sardinia, by the Adriatic Sea, and ultimately she prevails, though unfortunately she just picks and picks at him during this trip till he can't take it any more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I may be the only one on this review thread to say this, but I think the trashing of Antonioni's segment is very short sighted. The Dangerous Thread of Things (a great title) is very Antonioni like, with excellent compositions and some really beautiful, haunting moments. The dialogue isn't the greatest (and the actors are dubbed into Italian, which doesn't help), but visually it's superb. Many have said that Antonioni's use of nudity was gratuitous, accusing Michelangelo of being a dirty old man (he was 94 when he made this). Similar accusations were leveled at Stanley Kubrick following Eyes Wide Shut (which had many similarities to Antonioni's work). It didn't feel like an exploitation film at all (as some have said). Wong Kar-Wai's segment is very much like his other work, haunting, sad, and quite moving, even though there isn't any real nudity. Soderbergh's segment, while occasionally amusing (Arkin and Downey give good performances), doesn't belong in a film about eroticism. There's nothing remotely erotic about it, other than Downey's character has an erotic dream of sorts (which isn't very erotic). So, I think Antonioni's segment is just fine, and Kar-Wai's is very good too. Like another reviewer said, the segments are too short, and it would have been nice if they were longer. This is worth renting for The Hand, The Dangerous Thread of Things, and the short film by Antonioni called Eye to Eye.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
These short stories were hard to follow. The first Chinese story was the best but such a sad ending. I do not recommend this movie.
Published 5 months ago by Ensign
3.0 out of 5 stars I Love RDJ
Bought this because I love Robert Downey Jr. and I had never seen it. It doesn't show enough of Downey and the screen play for his story is odd and doesn't make a lot of sense. Read more
Published 8 months ago by hatternhare
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better!
Eros is an uneven film. Michelangelo Antonioni's final script was extremely dissapointing. It reflects his theme one and thousand times waatched in his previous entries. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
1.0 out of 5 stars plots not like description.
Plots unlike description. Third story is of two women who just happen to be frolicking around on a beach naked and happen to meet. They look at each other an the story ends.
Published 10 months ago by whiskey tango foxtrot
4.0 out of 5 stars Eros
Worth a watch but not really worth buying because I have never watched it again since I bought it a few years ago so it must not have been very memorable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by AfricanArtAphile
4.0 out of 5 stars 3-part movie
The "Product Details" are incorrect. It lists only Michelangelo Antonioni's 15 minute part. Read more
Published 14 months ago by CHESS77
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly boring
It wasn't very interesting to watch for me. One story was okay, the rest was bordering on the boring side.
Published 19 months ago by Inga Drepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the film
I think the film is worth seeing. I consider it film art. I found each story interesting and the eroticism subtle. See more at vyctoryab dot wix dot com slash xplr.
Published 20 months ago by Vyctorya
3.0 out of 5 stars One out of three aint bad
if not for the first short "The Hand" this movie would have gotten one star. The Hand was this films only redeeming quality. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bellemage
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 - 2 = 3
It's tough to pull off something like Eros because it's a package deal. Three different minis from three different directors was truly the mixed bag you'd imagine, and... Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Steve
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