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Psychopathia Sexualis

1.5 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Described as "kinky material trapped in a cage of Victorian propriety" (The New York Times), Psychopathia Sexualis is a dreamlike depiction of turn-of-the-century sexual deviance, from the pages of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious medical text. As he interweaves fables of sexual repression, vampirism, hypnosis, sado-masochism and lesbianism, writer/director Bret Wood (Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films) creates a haunted vision of an era when medical science endeavored to label, cure or eliminate anyone who refused to conform to its idea of sexual "normalcy."

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  • Actors: Kristi Casey, David Weber, Zoe Cooper, Patrick Parker, David Sanders
  • Directors: Bret Wood
  • Writers: Bret Wood
  • Producers: Patrick Parker, Tracy Martin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Kino International
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K2UED6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Psychopathia Sexualis" on IMDb

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By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on March 12, 2007
Format: DVD
The movie is an attempt to talk about Krafft-Ebing work to understand and classify human sexuality confined as he was by Victorian morality and science. The problem is that it attempts to focus on at least five different cases, sometimes skipping between one and another. The result is that I could not feel much of anything for any of the stories except that of the young woman and her governess who are lesbians. I was amused by the ending which demonstrates that even the "best therapy" may not be a cure for what society considers sexual problems. Regardless of the warnings the movies feels the need to have, it is not very sexual explicit nor did I find it particularly arousing. I also didn't think "Victorians are weird" but instead "Victorians were sad" but I knew that before from working with the ideas and erotica from that period.
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If you have had a medical education, particularly in psychiatry, or clinical psychology, you will at a minimum have heard of von Krafft-Ebing.

"Psychopathia Sexualis: eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie" (Sexual Psychopathy: A Clinical-Forensic Study) published in 1886 was a seminal work in the medical diagnosis, and treatment of sexual dysfunction. 130 years later we take a very different approach which is why I liked this cinematic presentation. The advantage of watching it over merely reading a textbook is that the acted scenarios provided a temporal context that I think helps a student viewer realize that we a looking into the past.
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This movie claims to be a documentary based on a book written in the early 18th century...and white that might be true, I felt it a waste of film. The only possible read deeming element of this film was showing how antiquated the thoughts were in those days. I consider myself a fair evaluator of movies and give them the opportunity to show me something worth while and outside of the one redeeming feature previously spoken of, this one had none.
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I very much enjoyed this depiction of Kraft-Ebing's Compendium of Repressed Eroticism. If you are not familiar with the work, you may want to read before viewing, or at least a synopsis. The acting and costuming were well done.
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If you enjoy reading the text-book aloud for hours on end, you'll love Bret Wood's depiction of Kraft-Ebing's compendium of repressed eroticism. Sexual perversity, properly mingled with sadness, loneliness, and shame. Soundtrack by Paul Mercer heightens the funerial tone. Pitch-perfect Victorian costumes and settings. Such interesting faces and figures...the casting was excellent. This DVD belongs in the collection of anyone who is serious about such matters. However, I recommend the Brian King edition of the Psychopathia, if you are considering the book for purchase. My only regret is that there was no place in the film for side-stories in the book not specific to sex, such as the maiden aunt who would shriek "bewitched" when visitors laid umbrellas, gloves, or purses onto a certain side table in the parlor, snatching up the bewitched item and secreting it in a location in the house not discovered until after her death. These little touches are missed...but one cannot have everything in life that one might desire.
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Not what I thought it would be. Hard to follow and voice quality was not there. The script kept jumping and did not seem to follow a theme to the end. Seemed to jump subject to subject I would not recommend
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Not sure what I was expecting in the first place, but this wasn't it (if that makes any sense)... The acting is "off" like it is groups of local theater performers, not acting like you would expect for a movie setting. Subject matters change quickly and unexpectedly, leaving no topic actually answered or finished in any way.
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Supposedly taken from a book, it just doesn't work as a film. Poorly done and disjointed. Could have been a 5 star film with the right writing and directing. Alas it's weird, just weird. No nudity either- go figure!
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