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  • Actors: Pierre Brasseur, Ligia Branice, Jean-Pierre Andréani, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Bercher
  • Directors: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Writers: Walerian Borowczyk, Dominique Duvergé
  • Producers: Louis Duchesne, René Thévenet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cult Epics
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6EK4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Goto, Island of Love" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Walerian Borowczyk’s 1959 short film Astronautes (co-directed with Chris Marker)
  • Trailer
  • Insert with notes and director filmography by Rayo Casablanca

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In this debut film by Walerian Borowczyk, on the legendary island of Goto, all inhabitants toil under the dictatorial rule of their cruel monarch, Goto III (Pierre Brasseur). When Goto's wife, Glyssia (Ligia Brancie) saves a man, Grozo (Guy Saint-Jean),

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on March 12, 2006
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I discovered Walerian Borowczyk's GOTO, ISLAND OF LOVE in the seventies at my high school's film club between an Ingmar Berman and a Stanley Kubrick movie. And since then, I never had the opportunity to see it again. But I've always remembered the strange atmosphere of GOTO with the concerto of Haendel playing on Glossia's tearful face.

Cult Epics had the great idea of releasing GOTO on DVD, adding as bonus feature "Les Astronautes", a short film directed by Borowczyk and Chris Marker in 1959. I was happy to see that the movie ages well and that my memory hadn't added to it the faked beauty of the souvenirs. So I can't but advise you to discover GOTO and his strange characters whose names are Gono, Gonasta, Grozo, Gurto and even Grymp.

A DVD zone lost in time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2014
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This was the debut feature from enfant terrible producer Walerian Borowczyk who went on to make such films as `Blanche', 'Immoral Tales',and 'Behind Convent Walls' ` and became known for his use of sexual scenes or art house porn, which does not appear very much in this film.

Set on an archipelago that has suffered a major natural disaster we find a community stuck in the past. They are cut off from the outside world they have stubbornly maintained the status quo.

Their leader is Goto who has assumed Kingship by some constitutional necessity. He seems to look on his subjects as he does his pet Alsatian dogs and is married to the beautiful Glyssia played by Ligia Branice (`Blanche'). One of the forms of entertainment is the public fights, which take place on a ropey stage where talentless musicians torture home made instruments in a sort of `end of pier show' and display of awfulness. These fights are punishment for all crimes whether theft or murder and the loser is executed.

Grozo survives one such encounter and is spared. His reward is to be the royal boot polisher - keeper of the royal dogs and maker of fly traps. He lusts after Glyssia like a sixteen year old and his first crush. She however, has fallen for a dashing officer - and keeper of the royal horse - and they have decided to escape. Grozo though could teach Machiavelli a thing or two and soon his plan to gain power, which will lead to requite his lust, is in full motion.

This is an Arthouse film which is filmed in monochrome, but several parts are in Eastman colour for dramatic and stylistic effect, most of the camera angles are fixed - adding to the voyeuristic nature of the film. Walerian Borowczyk was developing his style here and he won't be to everyone's taste.
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