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With a plot stripped from a 1969 letter to Penthouse Magazine, Viva tells the story of Barbi, a na ve housewife who sets out to discover the seedy underbelly of the sexual revolution. With her best friend Sheila in tow, she encounters everything from prowling cougars, grandmotherly brothel madams and lesbian supermodels to full-blown orgies. Toss in a gay hairdresser, a funk-gasmic soundtrack and some surreal animated and musical sequences and you ve got one smoking hot slice of nouveau cult cinema. Biller's truly amazing accomplishment in Viva comes courtesy of her uncannily authentic design. It doesn t emulate the spirit of those swinging times, it's possessed by them. Just one whiff of the cheap cologne, one glance at the rugged polyester, and you ll have to submit to this killer escapade. Fab Magazine

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With a plot stripped from a 1969 letter to Penthouse Magazine, Viva tells the story of Barbi, a naïve housewife who sets out to discover the seedy underbely of the sexual revolution. With her best friend Sheila in tow, she encounters everything from prowling cougars, grandmotherly brothel madams and lesbian supermodels to full-blown orgies. Toss in a gay hairdresser, a funk-gasmic soundtrack and some surreal animated and musical sequences and you've got one smoking hot slice of nouveau cult cinema. Uncut version.

Special Features:

  • Widescreen - Enhanced For 16x9 Televisions
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage With Narration By Director & Star Anna Biller
  • Slide Show Featuring Original Nude Photos
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
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Product Details

  • Actors: Anna Biller, Barry Morse, Bridget Ann Brno, Mark Wood, John Klemantaski
  • Directors: Anna Biller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cult Epics
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIK8JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Viva (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2009
Format: DVD
It is almost impossible to believe that this flick was made in 2007 and not thirty years earlier in the height of the swinging sexploitation era. The illusion is simply perfect, not only in set and costume design but also in characterization and acting styles. I first saw it thinking it actually was an older film, and was surprised to discover that it was entirely modern.

"Viva" is nothing what you would expect. Anna Biller, who is the writer, director, costume designer, lead actress and pretty much everything else, is firmly in the sex-positive feminist camp and has set out to make a movie that lures you in with the promise of easy sleaze but then delivers something else. Oh, to be sure there are nudist camps and swinger parties, orgies and naughty poolside antics, but none of it is there to sexually excite the viewer, with no tight focusing on body parts. The men are fully naked more often than the women, and all the sex scenes are cut short right when the action begins. Anyone looking for some naughty indulgence is going to be disappointed.

The story is straight out of the letters column of an old Penthouse. Bored and unhappy with their spouses, the dark-haired Barbie (played by Biller, who is half-Japanese) and her blonde neighbor Shelia (Bridget Brno) decide to experience the sexual revolution. Shelia quickly hooks up with a wealthy old gentleman who can ply her with diamonds and furs, but Barbie, re-christened "Viva" to show her new freedom, only finds one bad affair after another. She tries everything from a gay hairdresser and his bi-sexual hunk of a lover, to a guitar-strumming hippie nudist, to a lesbian model and finally a modern artist. Nothing satisfies her, and things just don't go as planned.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. hampton on February 25, 2009
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Many films, even a few indie ones, feel as if they were created by committee, relying on cliche, formula, and even fallacy for their effects. One finishes viewing them hungry for a point of view, for freshness. Viva is without a doubt one of the most ORIGINAL and creative movies to have come along in years. It is beyond category and beyond definition and yet I will try to summarize a response in the space available here. One one level Viva is a witty even farcical nod to soft core sex movies of the early 70s. Indeed, the art direction and design, all of it brilliantly executed by the writer/director and lead Anna Biller, is utterly faithful to the styles of that period. Yet Biller is not content with faithful recreations of any particular genre because Viva is also a movie that succeeds in combining apparently disparate qualities; at once it is a comedy with deep roots in classical Hollywood filmmaking (Billy Wilder comes to my mind) as well as the most serious examination of a woman's spiritual journey as she deals with the tulmutuous effects of recent American history, notably the sexual revolution. In this sense Viva can be enjoyed on many levels and, contrary to some verdicts, is anything but a single themed, parodic sex movie. Yet, for those interested in the erotic, it does offer some of the most erotic moments in recent American cinema. The dialogue is inventive, the acting fascinating, and the color rich in meaning. Watch Viva more than once because there is much more contained therein than initially meets the eye, though what DOES initially meet the eye is always exciting and enlightening.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elan Bodwick on September 17, 2009
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When i first got this i thought it was some long lost 70s softcore exploitation film but the picture looked a bit crisp and it became somewhat clear that this was a recent made ode to Russ Meyer and 70s era swinger films. Despite being made in 2007 Viva is a beautifully filmed and entertaining piece of cinema. The sets costumes and music are all great and the feel and moods are spot on for the early 70s. It starts alittle slow but gets better as the movie progresses. There are many scenes that are almost perfect recreations of classic films like Beyond the valley of the dolls and Vampyros Lesbos- shot so well that its difficult to place it anywhere beyond 1972. The film-maker has a real talent for filling the screen with visual treats and colors that are stunning. Despite the campy nature of the story which ofcourse is done on purpose, the camerawork rivals any noteworthy film especially for a lowbudget B-movie. Oh yeah i must add thats there's tons of both male and female frontal nudity in this unrated version and the orgy scene is a mix of pyschedelic imagery and comedy that is a must see. Not everyone ofcourse will get the "in jokes" as this film is aimed at people like myself who live for retro trash cinema exploitation and cult films. I can see this on an x-rated version of mystery science theatre and will be a definite showing at any 70s party or swinger convention. Turn off the volume and make up your own dialogue at your next party for a good laugh. I think Russ Meyer would have gave his blessing to this one and thats the best praise a film like this could hope for!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Movie Lover on February 26, 2009
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Viva is one of the most original films I've seen in years. Its excessive portrayal of the 70s sexual revolution, accompanied by its campy production design, transported me back to my wild misspent youth. The deliciously saturated colors were exquisitely captured by the utterly phenomenal cinematography of C. Thomas Lewis. The incredible lighting and lensing were spot-on for the genre, and added the convincing edge needed for this homage to sexploitation. One eye-popping scene after another culminated in an orgy of visual delight certainly befitting the diva Viva. If for no other reason buy this dvd to delight in the kind of beautifully lit color that has been absent from recent movie making for far too long.
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