Art Of Love
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This film is trying to be a dark version of a David Hamilton film, but it only succeeds in being capricious and illogical. The two girls who are meant to be the center of the story are treated by the filmmakers as marionettes. Are they supposed to have the obsessive/reluctant lesbian relationship we saw in Lost and Delirious? Are they supposed to be a devoted pair against the evils of the world? Are they supposed to be only having the innocent girl/girl affections of Un été à Saint-Tropez? Apparently, all of these at the same time. Really, they just do whatever the script says for no good reason, and this is an insult to them and their secondary players who are not bad actors. Jacqueline Bisset, who plays the headmistress, is likewise misplaced and clearly is acting above the level of writing she's given.
As said elsewhere, the film is all over the place; tender one minute, gruesomely callous the next, with an ending that is pedantic in its melodrama. The title is about some other film, since this one presupposes to be about girls who are either to be sold to nobles as pretty sex toys or coldly buried in the basement. Yet there's no hint of training in the "Art of Love", either in the `70s sense of The Story of 'O' or even a softer version. Sure, there's discipline and dark secrets, but neither come from an institutionalization of sexual slavery to men. The "prima ballerina" is simply given over to the prince after having trained heavily for a dance performance. Here, Hidalla suddenly and inexplicably begins openly flirting with the prince, which leads to equally sudden and unfounded tragedy for Irene.Read more ›
Plotwise, it's basically the story of a handsome Roman general, his cheating wife and her young lover, a student of Ovid. There's a dream-like air of fantasy to the story, and the narrative takes a backseat to the visuals, intentionally I'd say. Performances by the talented and striking cast are hindered by sloppy dubbing, although the lovely score by Luis Bacalov adds much.
So I say, Borowczyk fans check it out... those looking for smut will find Art Of Love too arty and slow, historians probably a bit too pervy.
Even the title is misleading, definitely no fine art of love here. The ending was even worse than the movie itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well shot but purposely boring . . . deceptively mistitled too. I'd give it 2 and 1/2 stars if I could.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
An awful waste of time and money- really hated this stupid boring moviePublished on July 4, 2014 by sarah s.
The story line was not that great. The relationships needed to be developed more. The ending did not resolve anything.Published on February 17, 2014 by malibuneen
I don't know who created this movie or why. It was awful. Should be taken off the list completely. Awful.Published on January 8, 2014 by Danice44
good movie a liitle short but interesting story line.it goes to show that everyone has a secret.i enjoy it.great movie.Published on September 9, 2013 by john morley butler
Love renting movies from Amazon, but this really wasn't worth the time. I enjoy passionate movies, but the story just isn't there, it leaves a dark feeling.Published on June 6, 2013 by ladycathryn2005