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Psychopathia Sexualis (2006)

Kristi Casey , David Weber , Bret Wood  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristi Casey, David Weber, Zoe Cooper, Patrick Parker, David Sanders
  • Directors: Bret Wood
  • Writers: Bret Wood
  • Producers: Patrick Parker, Tracy Martin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino International
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K2UED6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Psychopathia Sexualis" on IMDb

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Described as "kinky material trapped in a cage of Victorian propriety" (The New York Times), Psychopathia Sexualis is a dreamlike depiction of turn-of-the-century sexual deviance, from the pages of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious medical text. As he interweaves fables of sexual repression, vampirism, hypnosis, sado-masochism and lesbianism, writer/director Bret Wood (Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films) creates a haunted vision of an era when medical science endeavored to label, cure or eliminate anyone who refused to conform to its idea of sexual "normalcy."

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange but with a message March 12, 2007
The movie is an attempt to talk about Krafft-Ebing work to understand and classify human sexuality confined as he was by Victorian morality and science. The problem is that it attempts to focus on at least five different cases, sometimes skipping between one and another. The result is that I could not feel much of anything for any of the stories except that of the young woman and her governess who are lesbians. I was amused by the ending which demonstrates that even the "best therapy" may not be a cure for what society considers sexual problems. Regardless of the warnings the movies feels the need to have, it is not very sexual explicit nor did I find it particularly arousing. I also didn't think "Victorians are weird" but instead "Victorians were sad" but I knew that before from working with the ideas and erotica from that period.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious January 16, 2007
If you enjoy reading the text-book aloud for hours on end, you'll love Bret Wood's depiction of Kraft-Ebing's compendium of repressed eroticism. Sexual perversity, properly mingled with sadness, loneliness, and shame. Soundtrack by Paul Mercer heightens the funerial tone. Pitch-perfect Victorian costumes and settings. Such interesting faces and figures...the casting was excellent. This DVD belongs in the collection of anyone who is serious about such matters. However, I recommend the Brian King edition of the Psychopathia, if you are considering the book for purchase. My only regret is that there was no place in the film for side-stories in the book not specific to sex, such as the maiden aunt who would shriek "bewitched" when visitors laid umbrellas, gloves, or purses onto a certain side table in the parlor, snatching up the bewitched item and secreting it in a location in the house not discovered until after her death. These little touches are missed...but one cannot have everything in life that one might desire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think there is more to it. February 18, 2014
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Because of the way it is made it is pretty accurate. Also I would recommend it to my friends here to watch it once.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Victorians Sure Were Weird February 8, 2007
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This movie if nothing elese is beautifully made. The cinematography is superb. There isn't much dialoge and not much of a plot per se but the vignettes taken from the book are artfully and masterfully created. Visually stunning.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed September 27, 2013
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It felt more like a documentary. Boring. Couldn't wait for it to end. I almost stopped it halfway through, but figured I would give it a shot, but nope.
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