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Viva (Unrated Edition) (2008)

Anna Biller , Barry Morse , Anna Biller  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • 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: #123,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Viva (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex and the 70's housewife 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern retro sexploitation ala Russ Meyer! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gender roles, brightly subverted September 30, 2009
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In 1972 a bored, unhappy housewife in suburban America assumes the name "Viva" and undertakes a risky sexual quest that takes her very far indeed from her ostensibly respectable starting point. As Voltaire's Candide begat Southern & Hoffenberg's Candy, so too has it inspired Anna Biller's remarkable film, VIVA. Revelatory journeys of self-discovery are irresistible to imaginative writers, and with VIVA, Biller (star, writer, producer, director, editor, and designer) has created a brave and very funny addition to that tradition. Although barely into her thirties, Biller has been a filmmaker since 1994, and was successful in theater before that. She's keenly interested in the gaudy detritus of years past, and the myriad of subliminal messages and meanings carried by such objects. Biller's re-creation of 1972, brilliantly shot by C. Thomas Lewis, is simultaneously dead-on accurate, amusingly parodistic, and excitingly artful (her tableaus of the hideously colored finger food Viva labors over for guests is worth the price of admission all by itself). Although structured very much like work by Russ Meyer or Doris Wishman, VIVA subtly subverts the conventions that guided those filmmakers. Meyer and Wishman made films for men, while Biller works for art's sake, and for herself. In the film's frequent soft-core sex scenes, for instance, a bit more attention than one might expect is given to the good-looking male bodies, and Viva's physical reactions are neither as deep nor as satisfying (for us or for Viva) as sex-movie tradition--and the larger culture--has dictated. A protracted nudist-camp sequence that's peppered with gorgeous women is cleverly unsexy, partly because of the passive, insipid nudity of the males. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the sex, the sexiness, and the fun of the good 1970's...
"Viva" lacks the sex, the sexiness, and the fun of the good 1970's sexploitation films. This 2007 attempt at recreating 1970's sexploitation movies unfortunately misses the mark in... Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by Tycereom
4.0 out of 5 stars Director, writer, artist, and organ-playing independent filmmaker Anna...
"She was a housewife seeking kicks, in a world of swingers, drugs, playboys and orgies in the lurid '70s! Read more
Published on April 24, 2010 by Billie Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant spoof of the 70s sexual revolution.
Ann Biller plays Viva, a bored housewife living in LA, during the early 70s. The story of this film takes place in 1972, when the sexual revolution was in full-swing in suburbia. Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by S. Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars On its way to become of cult movie
Now that it is available on DVD to a wide audience, Viva is the kind of film that can become an international cult for decades to come, with legions of fans throwing 70s parties... Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by Frederic Journoud
5.0 out of 5 stars An original movie with something of value for everyone
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. Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by M. hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star Is Born!
If you enjoy the early films of Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and John Waters, add Ann Biller to your list immediately. Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by jaybo
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