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3.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality by three directors from three distinct cultures. From a relationship unrequited for many years between a high end call girl and her tailor to a menage-a-trois between a husband and wife on the Tuscan seaside, to an exploration of an erotic dream by a psychiatrist and his patient. Prepare to explore the deepest realms of human desire.

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Other:Bonus short film "Eye to Eye" by Michelangelo Antonioni
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Three world-class directors put their auteurist stamps on this anthology of films dealing with sex, desire, and obsession. First, and best, is "The Hand," Wong Kar-Wai's ravishing drama set in 1960s Hong Kong. Chang Chen stars as an apprentice tailor who becomes enthrall to an imperious, tragically downwardly mobile courtesan (Gong Li). During their first meeting, she takes a hands-on interest in his sexual initiation, explaining that the memory will inspire him to make beautiful clothes for her. Steven Soderbergh lightens the mood with "Equilibrium," starring Robert Downey Jr. as a very anxious 1950s adman relating a curious dream to a very distracted psychiatrist (the always wonderful Alan Arkin). Last, and sadly, least, is Michelangeolo Antonioni's "The Dangerous Thread of Things" about an estranged couple, a tryst, and dancing nude on the beach. A world away from such towering masterworks as L'Aventura, it's elusive and pretentious, almost like an SCTV parody of 1960s foreign films. But here, for the more prurient viewers, is the earthy, gratuitious nudity and frolicking sex for which one might desire in a movie titled Eros. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Lo Sguardo di Michelangelo): a short film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Di Carlo, Enrica Antonioni
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 15 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C3L26Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eros" on IMDb

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Two well-crafted erotic tales sandwiched around a cartoon intermission directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The first, and best of the short films, "The Hand" is both moving and erotic. The third, "The Dangerous Thread of Things" is muddled. . .but it steams, and thus deserves its place in an collection of erotica. The second, well. . .

(Sssh. I enjoyed it. It made me laugh. It is insightful. It is a sketch of two interesting, memorable characters. But here's my theory: the producers asked each filmmaker to make something erotic. Soderbergh simply misheard and made something neurotic.)

Each film is introduced by captivating, surreal animation--a tie that binds the collection--a joy to watch themselves.
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I am going to cut to the chase and talk about my favorite out of the three -
which would be "The Hand."

I am fully aware of the fact that human beings have the tendency to pursue the unattainable with the utmost intense passion that sometimes, the term "pedestal" does not even begin to scratch the surface. If I were to compare this young tailor's obsession to something chemical, it was like watching a hollow heroin addict hopelessly devoted to the possibility of achieving his ultimate fix of love - from someone who was completely incapable of reciprocating such organic emotion.

We see it over and over again.
This type of "tragedy" takes up a huge chunk of the "love department" in the entertainment industry -
or at least among us melodramatic Asians...

But aside from the story -
it's worth it to watch just because the visual and emotional impact of this movie alone is indeed a work of art.
However, I would like to emphsize that my 5 stars only applies to "The Hand."
Sorry...
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"Eros" (2004) is the collection of three short films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose"), Steven Soderbergh (segment "Equilibrium") , and Kar Wai Wong (segment "The Hand"). Each film explores the always exiting and mysterious subjects of love, sexuality, and desire.

My favorite is "The Hand" - a sensual, emotional, powerful and very sad story about a young tailor who put the years of unrequited love for a beautiful call girl in an exquisite dress he created for her. He knew the exact measurements from touch. This segment is so great that I am ready to buy a DVD just to be able to see it often. It is a brilliant work of art from one of the greatest working directors now.

Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is a funny duet between two excellent actors, Alan Arkin as a voyeuristic shrink and Robert Downey Jr. as his patient who has a reoccurring dream about a beautiful woman.

Michelangelo Antonioni's segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose" aka "The Dangerous Thread of Things" has been called the weakest in the trio. Many posters call it garbage, the total waste of time, the soft -porn made by a man who "got old and got horny". I personally did not find it a waste of time and if the man at 92 wants to make a little film that celebrates beauty and femininity - so be it. I feel that Michelangelo's segment is much deeper than it seems - even on the surface it is very attractive to look at.

3.5/5 or 7/10
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"The Hand" tells a modernday version of "CAMILLE" with a beautiful courtesan doomed to die of a social disease (or TB?) with a handsome tailor so in love with her he can sew a complete outfit for her without ever touching her body. Sad, sad, sad, and Gong Li so beautiful and tragic.

Ëquilibrium" has Alan Arkin and Robert Downey Jr in a brief story that's a cross between Tony consulting Dr, Melfi in THE SOPRANOS and an episode of AMC's hit series MAD MEN. As a lesson in how great advertising copy is born, not made, this cannot be topped. I didn't enjoy, however, Soderbergh's superbusy direction of his stars, who wind up sounding nearly as artificially mannared as Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HUDSUCKER PROXY. You can see why these actors jumped into the project, but it isn't all that enjoyable.

Finally, in "THE DANGEROUS THREAD OF THINGS," Michelangelo Antonioni wipes the floor with WKW and Soderbergh, and apparently he did so from an oxygen tank, flat on his back, without being able to speak to his actors. What a story he gives us! Christopher (Christopher Buchholz, the son of Horst Buchholz and nearly as good looking as his father) is married to Chloe, a beautiful young woman who now hates Christopher for the crime of boredom against her. The two of them had once been successful vineyard owners and wine merchants, but their relationship has soured when he stopped wanting to make love to her. She demands that they try to rekindle what they had with a trip to Sardinia, by the Adriatic Sea, and ultimately she prevails, though unfortunately she just picks and picks at him during this trip till he can't take it any more.
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I can only review the Gong Li part, as that was the only one (of the 3 parts) I watched. It was well done. I wished they could have found a way to actually show her character in the end, rather than to just talk about what happened to her. And I wish the tailor had gotten a little more dimension to his character. But this was a solid and interesting story, much closer to the profound side of the spectrum than the shallow.
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