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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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The BBFC refused to give the film a UK cinema certificate in 1975, effectively banning it in the UK.See more »
Mr. Kapital:[Mr. Kapital and Miss Canada in a helicopter flying above the Niagara Falls] You see that little fountain down there?
[points down to Niagara Falls]
Miss Monde 1984:Yes.
Mr. Kapital:It's gonna be my biggest undertaking in landscape architecture. I'm gonna buy it from the Canadian Government. I'm gonna renovate it, redecorate it. Get rid of the water, turn off the falls.
Mr. Kapital:I'm gonna install an electronic, synthetic, laser moving image in livin' color. In livin' color, honey! Yeah. And we're gonna have a huge quadraphonic sound system. Yeah! Of the royal waters. Yeah! We're gonna have the best sight and sound system available. Unaffected by weather conditions.
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Collage Try, 2 July 2009
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

I'm not the ideal audience for this, and you are likely not as well. It is a collage of images where each image in the small has universal connection, but the two great narrative strokes are situated in the time and place. You'll have to not only be aware of the great European repressive disasters of the 20th century, but be personally damaged by them as well.

Those two threads are entertaining to report at least. A Russian woman — with an invisible crew — moves a large boat down the Danube, she aloft at the bow as conquering Viking, a huge face of Lenin on the front. It is filled with candy and as she floats downriver Huck Finn- wise, she seduces and kills men and boys, adding the bodies to the cargo. This includes two indelible scenes. One is her seducing the candy-hypnotized boys.

A second is wonderfully cinematic. She picks up a revolutionary deserter. In the boat is a deep hold of granular sugar, in which she likely buries her victims. She and the man make love in that sugar, sometimes completely burying them. She controls him completely, then he gets stabbed laughing, sated.

The other story has Canada's entry winning the contest for most beautifully formed hymen, winning marriage to the demented son of the world's richest woman. Her adventures are a sort of sexual perils of Pauline, with completely unusual situations. This includes getting publicly stuck in coitus with a movie star and being placed on a table in an active restaurant kitchen a la "Cook Thief, Lover."

At the end our virgin has a scene much like the sugar orgasm, but in her case she is nude, drenched in chocolate and drowns in orgasm.

Both of these women, communism and capitalism encapsulated in sexual bodies, end up in the same surreal asylum where we are exposed to one of the most negative surveys of societal bonding I have seen. This is the disgusting section you likely have heard about with the group celebrating rituals that seem depraved but that fit well within the political threads we have previously seen. These include historical footage about Nazis that are similar in tone.

Its close to the ideal that Greenaway espouses: pure image with no "story;" narrative made in the mind, the way vision is made in radio plays. And there is real effectiveness and some beauty in these lives, sugar in their deaths.

And at the very, very end, the children are reborn.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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