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Goto, Island of Love (1969)

Goto, l'île d'amour (original title)
A simpleton thief on Goto, an isolated island ruled by a barbaric dictator, climbs ranks from criminal to fly-catcher, dog-keeper and boot polisher, while himself and other islanders get ... See full summary »

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Goto
Ligia Branice ...
Glossia
Jean-Pierre Andréani ...
Gono
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Gonasta
Fernand Bercher ...
L'instituteur / Professor
Michel Charrel ...
Grymp
Pierre Collet
Raoul Darblay ...
General Gwino
Rudy Lenoir ...
Le juge d'instruction
Maritin
Colette Régis ...
La directrice
Michel Thomass ...
Gra
Ari Arcadi ...
L'éxecuteur de chiens
Guy Bonnafoux ...
Gurto
Canari
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A simpleton thief on Goto, an isolated island ruled by a barbaric dictator, climbs ranks from criminal to fly-catcher, dog-keeper and boot polisher, while himself and other islanders get caught up in throes of temptation, which threatens to change the fate of the island forever. Written by curious_chaos

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29 January 1969 (France)  »

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A Ilha do Amor  »

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Concerto No 11 opus 7
Music by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
Performed by Marie-Claire Alain (organ) with Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard
Conducted by Jean-François Paillard
Edition Costallat (Disque Erato)
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First Film from Borowczyk and its not arty porn stuff
6 April 2015 | by (London,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the debut feature from infant terrible producer Walerian Borowczyk who went on to make such films as 'Blanche', 'Immoral Tales',and 'Behind Convent Walls' ' and became known for his use of sexual scenes or art house porn, which does not appear very much in this film.

Set on an archipelago that has suffered a major natural disaster we find a community stuck in the past. They are cut off from the outside world they have stubbornly maintained the status quo.

Their leader is Goto who has assumed Kingship by some constitutional necessity. He seems to look on his subjects as he does his pet Alsatian dogs and is married to the beautiful Glyssia played by Ligia Branice ('Blanche'). One of the forms of entertainment is the public fights, which take place on a ropey stage where talentless musicians torture home made instruments in a sort of 'end of pier show' and display of awfulness. These fights are punishment for all crimes whether theft or murder and the loser is executed.

Grozo survives one such encounter and is spared. His reward is to be the royal boot polisher - keeper of the royal dogs and maker of fly traps. He lusts after Glyssia like a sixteen year old and his first crush. She however, has fallen for a dashing officer - and keeper of the royal horse - and they have decided to escape. Grozo though could teach Machiavelli a thing or two and soon his plan to gain power, which will lead to requite his lust, is in full motion.

This is an Art-house film which is filmed in monochrome, but several parts are in Eastman colour for dramatic and stylistic effect, most of the camera angles are fixed - adding to the voyeuristic nature of the film. Walerian Borowczyk was developing his style here and he won't be to everyone's taste. Some could view this as self indulgent, cold and even dystopian and that is the whole point. The use of props, shots and scenarios are designed to craft a world that we are asked - not to accept - but to at least try to understand. It is that final part that makes him such an interesting director. This then is arty on purpose, quirky and far from run of the mill and for film historians is probably a must see.


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