Sweet Movie (The Criterion Collection)
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Sweet Movie follows two different stories and both feature a female protagonist. The first follows a contestant of the 1984 Miss Monde pageant. She wins and her prize is her marriage to some big corporate dude. She is shocked by how he degrades her in their first meeting and she runs away. Her rejection is met with displeasure by his cronies and she ends up getting pretty severely humiliated and then stuffed into a suitcase and shipped off to France. After that she gets stuck to some Latin guy and enters a commune and some pretty wacky things happen. This story operates as a criticism toward capitalism and consumerism at the beginning and the conclusion, while it seems to attack communism in the middle. The second story follows a young woman who is leading a boat down a river. The boat is full of candy and has a statue of Karl Marx on it. She seduces all who encounter her with sex, candy and propaganda. Then she kills them. Obviously it is a direct attack on communism.
There are some pretty shocking things in Sweet Movie but that shouldn't be a surprise when taking into account the time period and some of the subversive and surreal counterculture names involved in the film (e.g. Otto Muehl, Roland Topor and George Melly).Read more ›
Multi-mega kudos to Criterion for rescuing this now very alive and relevant explosion of a movie from near-obscurity. Beautifully restored, looking and sounding better than I remembered it, and including in this edition interviews and more in-depth facts about the making and history of this one-of-a-kind movie, watching it again restored in this viewer an appreciation of artists who put themselves way out on a line to give life to a vision, one that can become more relevant over time, despite overall condemnation at its initial release. As stated in the accompanying literature, there are countries where the movie is banned for any sort of distribution, to this day.
The dual story line, about two Women of Earth (Miss Monde 1984 and Captain Anna Planeta), is interwoven in a montage-like format that lashes out at Capitalism and Communism, spits in the eye of all manner of creative or sensual oppression, and does so in a take-no-prisoners satirical fantasy sense that helps lighten up the otherwise dark and intense subject matter. As Makavejev explains in an interview, had he tried to do any of it seriously, it would have hampered his film's acceptance all the more so, for it was fully his intent to make contact with his audience in an entertaining, circus-style (although somewhat abstract) manner.Read more ›
What is it - a satire on social and sexual politics, government sponsored genocide, democracy for Eastern Europe and the stereotypes of the times? Or non-connected collection of shocking images that include "virgin beauty contest" the winner of which would marry a billionaire, Mr. Kapital (John Vernon) with golden penis; an intercourse in Eiffel Tour that ends up with a spasm; a dinner party with the members of Viennese commune Friedrichshof, a revolutionary/ siren /vampire, Anna Planeta who sails a riverboat with a huge Karl Marx head on its bow on the canals of Amsterdam and lures men and young boys aboard with her seductive songs for sex, candies, and death? "Sweet Movie" is all that and it shocks you even more, and I think it is a good and deep movie. It is extremely disturbing and it really tests its viewers on how much and for how long they would endure watching some of very disgusting stuff but everything what happens on screen does make sense and does prove the writer/ director's many points. Actually, first hour or so is a wild and funny surreal black comedy/satire of which my most beloved filmmaker Don Luis Bunuel would be proud.
The two scenes closer to the end really push all possible envelopes. After I found out that the participants in the "commune" scene were actually the real members of Friedrichshof, the Viennese commune that had been founded and run by artist/filmmaker/painter Otto Meuhl, and everything we see is pretty much real, I was shocked even more. Dusan Makavejev explains in the interview on the Criterion disc who the people are and why they engage in the shocking activities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film defies description, but it sure is a lot of fun to watch. Anyone who is offended by vomit, feces, or graphic nudity should probably pass on this one.Published 8 months ago by childofthe60s
One of the most perplexing political films you’re ever likely to see, “Sweet Movie” sets out 2 separate stories (one about Capitalism, the other Marxism) and jumps back and forth... Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Mobia
You HAVE to have an VERY, VERY open mind to watch this. The oddness of this movie made me buy it almost the minute the end credits rolled. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Jan Fogel
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. Shocking moments of disgust don't make for a film worth seeing unless you just enjoy being grossed out by watching people drink piss and... Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by C. Boblit
EROTICALLY SWEET...HOWEVER, IF YOU WANNA BE POLITICAL, BE FRANKLY POLITICAL, AND WITHOUT OVER-EROTICISM. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by HAN XIAO
Sweet movie was good,great maybe.The movie was never dull and the further it went along the more interesting it became, right to the last scene where the Natalie Wood look alike... Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by jhawk
wow were to start on this nasty Lil flick, this film is surely not for everyone, Like seriously not for everyone. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by M. Mont
Sweet Movie (Dusan Makavejev, 1974)
If you've seen WR: Mysteries of the Organism (and if you haven't, you should), you've got an idea of what you're going to get from a... Read more
Dusan Makavejev's SWEET MOVIE is a masterpiece of outrageous cinema that falls somewhere between the disturbing surrealism of Buñuel and Dali's UN CHIEN ANDALOU, the... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Wilhelm Louis Murg Jr.
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