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Shameless, Tasteless: Trash Cinema From The Soviet Underground

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Discovered in the lower depths of the Ukrainian black market, Troma proudly presents the infamous works of Soviet sleaze-maestro, Yakov Levi.With casts composed of real-life criminals, prostitutes, and narcotic addicts, this depraved anthology chronicles the mislead adventures of degenerate whores, possessed sadomasochists, and murderous undergarments. Available for the first time in America (with English subtitles!), Shameless, Tasteless: Trash Cinema from the Soviet Underground takes transgressive art to a new level of moral corruption.

Included films:
The Killer Bra
Matroshka Dolls of Doom
Vanity Insanity
The Ghost of Marquis de Sade
Penisella I, II, III, & IV

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Baba Alla
  • Directors: Yakov Levy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Troma
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002H0W6NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD has Troma written all over it... After watching, I'm left wondering if this film maker is actually an old Soviet one or if Troma sent one of their own over to produce the work of a huge fan in the Ukraine to make short Troma films and this is all a marketing gimmick.

Now, by normal film watching standards, one star is a generous score for this dvd. But, for fans of trash cinema it holds its own. The films are sort of average in their "rediculousness," poor camera angles, hard cuts, and poor effects, in terms of you get from Troma (hence my thinking they could have produced it), so if it were an american release I'd probably give it 2 1/2-3 stars on a trash scale....... BUT!!!! The nice changes that raised my score to a 4 are: exceptionally sexy Ukrainian girls in several films, a refreshing soviet approach to the storylines, an increase in the quality of humor as you get deep into the dvd, great outtakes, lesbian filler material with lots of sexily dressed girls in makeout scenes, funny commentary, funny special features, and the highly entertaining, disturbingly hilarious Baba Alla whom really captures your imagination in ways you never thought possible..... You just can't believe she exists!! Haha.

I guess the best way I can describe this to fans of low-budget trash would be:

If Bill Zebub directed and Troma Team produced a reimagining of Pink Flamingos into several short films..... It would be just like this, only without the soviet cultural aspects and great commentaries/outtakes.

I prefer Shameless Tasteless to any Bill Zebub and most Troma stuff, but I prefer Richard Kern's Hardcore Collection or early John Waters' films to this 10 fold..... If you're new to trash cinema and want "quality," I recommend Richard Kern's "Hardcore Collection" as a starting point, not this, but if you're in it for the girls and humor, Shameless Tasteless is the way to go!!
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A selection of obscure, short films by Yakov Levi that only Troma could bring to mass availability. Most of them are Ukrainian language with highly readable subtitles. There are nine short films, each accompanied with optional commentary, listed as "Slavic Smut":
* Shameless - An ancient, toothless woman (depicted on the cover and back...safely covered by a removable band of cardboard) named Baba Alla who prostitutes herself on the street.
* Tasteless - One the boys who'd spent time with the old woman in the previous vignette is forced to endure her company when he tries to hire a cut-rate escort.
* Penisella I through IV - Three young women stay at an inn where three young men disappeared the year before, only to discover an old woman
* Four fake "phone sex ads" by Penisella, and her love story with a man who has the opposite problem.
* Ghost of Marquis de Sade - Three desperate women try to summon romance period lovers, only to end up with the ghost of the Marquis de Sade possessing them and having his way with them.
* Vanity Insanity - A vain woman, oblivious to her roommate's crush on her, becomes enchanted by a magic mirror, unable to look away any time that she can see her image within it. This is actually fairly coherent and "serious" on the disc.
* The Killer Bra - Introduced by Lloyd Kaufman, this is a nicely produced parody horror movie. It's very much in the style of Troma. The dialogue is much more polished, the production values worthwhile, and many more of its jokes hit. The acting is silly, of course, but competent.
Overall, this is a funny collection of tasteless movies and amateur attempts at film making. If the title doesn't appeal to you, the short films contained therein will not, either.
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Unless you collect junk in form of movies save your money.This flick done so pooooorly even I was surprized. You will be familiar with reality you avoid in your own contry.
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