Anna Biller's Viva = amaaaaaaaaazing film

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Please please please check out Anna Biller's jaw-dropping Viva just out on DVD. You can buy a copy on Biller's site:

http://www.lifeofastar.com/

Go there now!

Our very own Eric H has a terrific review of it here. As Eric notes, Far From Heaven is to Sirk as Viva is to Metzger and Meyer (although Biller's editing is much less frantic than Meyer's) so that should give you a good idea at least of what the film looks like. It's a sex romp that takes place in suburban Los Angeles, 1972. Biller stars as a voluptuous housewife who finds sexual freedom in prostitution. But it quickly becomes a double-edged sword.

At first, I was put off by the running time. 122 minutes of pastiche could get wearying. But slowly I realized that the length makes it feel like 1972 (or, more precisely, the countercultural hangover that 1972 is so frequently remembered as). I think this is the way Zodiac was supposed to make me feel. But it didn't. This did.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:47 (eleven years ago) link

this slipped by me earlier but I'm thrilled there's at least ONE other fan out there.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Wednesday, 18 March 2009 03:11 (eleven years ago) link

I'll look for it at my next rental.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 03:13 (eleven years ago) link

this was the opening night film at the final NYUFF and i remember reading a few upturned-nose reviews that were like "so an exploitation pastiche is 'underground' now?"

but whtvs, this looks fun and i've enjoyed an exploitation flick or two in my time

double dutch bus schedule (donna rouge), Wednesday, 18 March 2009 04:19 (eleven years ago) link

...or three or four...

double dutch bus schedule (donna rouge), Wednesday, 18 March 2009 04:20 (eleven years ago) link

You can reserve this on UK Lovefilm. Maybe if enough of us do this, they'll actually buy a copy.

Soukesian, Thursday, 19 March 2009 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

Saw this last night, really liked it.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

Glad you dug it.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 20 June 2009 14:20 (eleven years ago) link

this was completely boring and dreadful, easily one of the worst things i saw last year.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 21 June 2009 02:49 (eleven years ago) link

I can imagine this is one of those no-middle-ground pics.

bad crack (Eric H.), Sunday, 21 June 2009 04:07 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

no thread for The Love Witch? just saw it, loved it-- really respect her total craft, wish she would make more films, but obviously takes much longer
Dunno how long her next one, Bluebeard, is along

flappy bird, Saturday, 1 August 2020 06:11 (one week ago) link


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