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12 June 1974 (France) See more »
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Directed by
Dusan Makavejev 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
France Gallagher  collaboration
Dusan Makavejev 
Martin Malina  collaboration

Produced by
Richard Hellman .... producer
Vincent Malle .... producer
Helène Vager .... executive producer
Original Music by
Manos Hatzidakis 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Film Editing by
Yann Dedet 
Production Design by
Jocelyn Joly 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
Makeup Department
Jacky Bouban .... makeup artist
Christophe Harbonville .... makeup artist
Phuong Maittret .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mychèle Boudrias .... unit production manager
Patrick Desmarestz .... unit production manager
Carole Legault .... production manager
Daniel Riché .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Bourgault .... assistant director
Claire Denis .... second assistant director
Arnie Gelbart .... assistant director
Leonhard Gmür .... assistant director
Bojana Marijan .... assistant director
Fernand Moszkowicz .... assistant director
Wladimir Radovic .... assistant director
Art Department
Guy Augé .... property master
Gabriel Barjolin .... property master
Jean Houde .... property master
Joe K. .... set dresser
Christian Lamarque .... set dresser
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound mixer
Norbert H. Hareguy .... boom operator
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Louis Matabon .... foley artist
Bernard Ortion .... sound
Guy Rophé .... sound
Michel Vionnet .... boom operator
Special Effects by
André Trielli .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Abraham .... electrician
Jean-Marie Buquet .... assistant camera
Jean Chiabaut .... camera operator
Richard Copans .... assistant camera
Michel Cénet .... assistant camera
Jean-Louis Daoust .... key grip
Vittorio Fiorucci .... still photographer
Peter Hartmann .... camera operator
Marcel Jaffredo .... key grip
Yann Le Masson .... camera operator
Don Saari .... electrician
Pierre Zucca .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Muriel Ghene .... costumer
Erla Gliserman .... costumer
Editorial Department
Joëlle Barjolin .... assistant editor
Hélène de Luze .... assistant editor
Music Department
Anne Lonnberg .... singer: "Is There Life on Earth?"
Other crew
Mario Nadeau .... production assistant
Catherine Prévert .... script supervisor

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98 min | USA:95 min (cut version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The Italian dialogue was dubbed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Dacia Maraini.See more »
Mr. Kapital:[speaking about his new bride Miss Canada] So now I have acquired a lady of the house... A personal jewel... but above all... a purified sanitation system for unchecked waste!See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Is there life after birth?, 25 January 2008
Author: GrigoryGirl from United States

This is one of those great, "cinematic endurance test" films. It's really an amazing piece of cinema, maybe like Godard meets Jodorowsky. It is reminiscent of Pasolini's Salo, except it has more humour, and is nowhere nearly as bleak as that film. It has a well deserved reputation of being a shocking, polarizing film, but I think it's amazingly good.

Dusan Makavejev is a great director, and there are other things going on here aside from a boring, staid debate over Communism vs. Capitalism. The "commune" scene is what really pushes people over the edge here. The participants were an actual real commune run by artist/filmmaker/painter Otto Meuhl, and everything you see is pretty much real. Even though Dusan explains who they are and what they were about in the interview on the disc, it doesn't detract from the strangeness or the mystery of why they are there, and why Little Miss Virginity ends up partying with them. The scene is so wild that you can't believe it actually happened. Here we see people urinate on each other here, indulge in emetophilia and coprophilia. And later a couple makes love in sugar and chocolate. Does this sound interesting to you? It should, because the film makes other points as well. It's not just shock value here.

And despite the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR, the film hasn't really dated. An absolutely fascinating aspect of this film is that it starts out as a 70's time capsule, at least that's what I thought when I started watching it. The Little Miss Virginity contest would have shocked audiences in 1974, but not today. But as the film progresses, it gets stranger, more surreal, many things are left unexplained, and the ending is very haunting. It is not a time capsule, but a continuously challenging bit of cinema. It has retained its power over the years (quite like its stoic, humourless cousin, Salo). The movie burns into your retina, and you can't shake it, no matter how "jaded and hip" you think you are. It's really quite outstanding, and I'm very thankful that Criterion released this film on DVD. It has been notoriously hard to find, especially in its uncut, uncensored version. Many films use the word "uncensored" as a marketing gimmick, but this film was really censored in many countries (and is still banned in many of them today). I won't go into any more details about it, other than you will never forget this film.

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