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Female Misbehavior (1992)

Camille Paglia , Annie Sprinkle , Monika Treut  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Camille Paglia, Annie Sprinkle
  • Directors: Monika Treut
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OOQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Female Misbehavior" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by Monika Treut
  • Interview with Monika Treut
  • Filmmaker Biography and Filmography
  • Eva Norvind Photo Gallery and Biography

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Product Description

German writer-director Monika Treut has become an exciting and visible leader in independent lesbian filmmaking with films that are controversial celebrations of non-conformists who tear down stereotypes and sexual taboos.

FEMALE MISBEHAVIOR is a collection of five of Treut's films that explore the outer limits of female sexuality and behavior. Each film features a woman who has challenged the status quo, provoking shock and outrage in some and gaining respect and admiration from others.

ANNIE is an inside look (in more ways than one) at Annie Sprinkle, porn-star, performance artist and sexual diva. DR. PAGLIA is a confrontation with Camille Paglia, the infamous author. BONDAGE centers on an S&M practitioner and her use of pain as pleasure. MAX is the story of a transsexual's journey from female to male. And the feature length DIDN'T DO IT FOR LOVE explores the fascinating life of Eva Norvind, the blond Norwegian bombshell who was Mexico's Marilyn Monroe in the 1960's and New York's leading dominatrix turned therapist in the 1980's, and who passed away recently. New York Magazine calls it a "one of a kind documentary" that is a candid portrait of a complex and unforgettable woman.


The outer reaches of feminism and sexuality. Not for the squeamish! --Variety

A celebration of sexual chaos! --Toronto Star

Treut is a sexual-political provocateur who in her explorations of the sexual fringe takes us where few filmmakers visit. --New York Post

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gallery of colorful women January 11, 2011
By J Booth
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved this melange of non-traditional women. Especially great was the documentary about Eva Norvind, a woman who lived a truly fascinating and sometimes harrowing life. As expected, the segment on Camille Paglia was fantastic too. Too bad the two of them never had a chance to meet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay September 19, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Dated, poorly named, and the Instant Video version has only four short films, rather than the five advertised.

Rather than being a single movie, this is a collection of four different short films by Monika Treut, each essentially independent of and unrelated to each other:

* An interview with Camilla Paglia
* An interview (of sorts) with Annie Sprinkle (nee Ellen Steinberg)
* An interview with a woman discussing her interest in S&M and bondage
* An interview with a transgender man, originally born as a woman

I found all of the interviews interesting to some extent. Paglia's is probably the most interesting, if for no other reason than her views are the most intellectualized and so are expressed more successfully in the interview format.

Sprinkle is mainly discussing why she enjoys dressing up, the positive way it makes her feel. But the segment also touches briefly (no pun intended) on Sprinkle's efforts to demystify sexuality, and the female body in particular.

The interviews discussion bondage and transgender issues were probably more illuminating when originally made. With the advent of the Internet information about all kinds of things, including sexuality, flows more freely and people have broader exposure to alternative lifestyles and issues, even if those lifestyles or issues are inapplicable. And no doubt the intervening years have brought advances in transgender surgeries, making that interview at least somewhat out-of-date. Still, I'm sure there are people for whom these interviews offer new and interesting information.

My biggest complaint (and it's not that big) has to do with the name of the collection. "Female Misbehavior" is just way off.
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By Anyong
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The trans parts may seem a bit dated, but are still of value, if only for documenting how trans issues have been articulated by transpeople throughout the past few decades. The bondage segment is the most artfully shot of the four vignettes, though sadly does become the film's weak point, and drags on a bit longer than necessary. The bit with Annie Sprinkle is eye opening, but on some level, once the shock wears off, you need theory to provide you with lasting value. The first bit with Camille Paglia was the most interesting, and could well justify the rest of the doc entirely (assuming you enjoy the theoretical aspects it delves into)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kinda lame September 6, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
When this came out in 1992 it may have had some sort of relevance, but now, some 22 years later it's pretty dated and not in a good way. Technically I found the video to be grainy and the sound often muddy and indistinct. The interviews are not all that interesting. Maybe a film historian or some sort of sociologist will find this interesting; I certainly didn't.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag August 25, 2014
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Camille Paglia is five-star - brilliant, challenging and always entertaining. The second woman, Annie somebody, was pretty far out - only watched about half. Didn't bother with other two - third one was perverse, last one seemed kind of disgusting. Watch Camille, bag the rest - they don't even belong in the same show.
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By JohnL
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Horrid, the whole movie seemed to be one person with an annoying voice complaining about this and that of how females are looked at sexually. I had to turn it off
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars something completely diferent January 7, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Say goodbye to your preconceived ideas and cherished vignettes of the female of the species! -- Monika Treut has put together a fascinating and enlightening view of females born, and made, that challenges our hearts and minds. There is a power and breadth of female experience here that is shocking and touching and deeply thought provoking. But you have to let yourself watch and listen-- don't write off any of these women before she has a chance to tell her story -- there is something to be learned from each one!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star October 21, 2014
By Iris
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What a waste of time. Didn't even watching it bcz it was so stuped.
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