Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 2 Beans
f youíre looking for a strange, bad, unpleasant, ponderous, incomprehensible movie experience,
Then find a copy of "Sweet Movie," from Dusan Makavejev, the director of "The Coca-Cola Kid" with Eric Roberts and "Montenegro" with Susan Anspach.
This thing was made in '74 (and there's no doubt this was a product of the 70s), and is one of the most outrageous pieces of film I've ever seen. Imagine images of a naked woman swimming in chocolate interspersed with WWII archival footage of Nazi death camp victims, not to mention said woman seducing seven- and eight-year-old children, and that doesn't even scratch the surface.
John Vernon (Dean Wormer in "Animal House") has a brief, but memorable part...and you may ask the same question of his big scene that was asked of Mark Wahlberg in "Boogie Nights"...and I'll leave it at that...my understanding is that the lead, Carole Laure eventually balked at some of the things she was asked to do, and sued to prevent some of the scenes she did film from being released.
But "Sweet Movie" makes Alexandro Jodorowsky and "El Topo" seem mainstream.
Plot (?!) is incidental to the images onscreen, so Iím not going to waste time with that. Makavejev sure didnít. Although my belief is that some of his images could have been more startling, vital and powerful if presented within the confines of a coherent story. Instead they come off as totally random and meaningless within an overall context.
Now I don't recommend this as a viewing experience where you settle back with a bowl of popcorn and relax...watch it with the remote handy...it may be incomprehensible (and that's an appropriate word), but, for better or worse, it certainly is memorable.
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