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Nightdreams (1981)

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In an experiment, a pair of scientists use electric jolts to induce a sleeping woman to have erotic dreams.


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In an experiment, a pair of scientists use electric jolts to induce a sleeping woman to have erotic dreams.

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[first lines]
Mrs. Van Houten: I know you're watching me. I can feel your eyes like fingers touching me in certain places. I can feel my pussy so open you can see inside me. I feel so juicy I can't stop. I feel my clit so wet and everyone can see. I feel so dirty. Like the time the TV face caught me and it was so mad and I couldn't stop rubbing my little pussy, my little pussy. I know you're watching me and I don't care.
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Ring of Fire
Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Wall of Voodoo
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Nocturnal emissions
26 March 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've pondered recently what makes, for me, the most rewarding time at the movies & it has to be: sitting in front of a screen watching some series of images unfurl and being suddenly star struck by the most peculiar yet familiar feeling of unreality. It's like the film itself has tripped the right combination & there I am dreaming wide awake; I'm not real, the room I'm in isn't real & the only thing that matters is the dream in front of me. It's not the feeling of being taken away from my own world into the story's that I'm talking about exactly & what most people seem to be referring to when discussing watching films- it's something different, something subtler. It's not the experience of being in a different world; it's the experience of dreaming of being in a different world, like the difference between sleepwalking & lucid dreaming. What constitutes the right pattern or configuration to flip the lock & open this trap door in my head, I haven't a clue but it's a rare experience (at the movies anyway). When it happens it's something to treasure.

Dorothy Lemay comes upon two cowgirls by a campfire. Some inverted porno talk while a lonely wind blows (this is how silly this actually sounds when you're not gripped by lust) then the psychedelic guitars strike & the audience enters hyperspace. The song in this scene is 'Ring of fire' if it were performed by Martians over hardcore lesbian sex, mocking the original by turning her inside out, hollowing out her guts & reassembling the bones in a jigsaw Rorschach so it only superficially resembles the parent, like the plastic cowboy set. Po-mo. Listen to the exaggerated hillbilly voice the singer uses to belt it out. The whole flick is iffy but here surely there is absolutely no way to jerk off, not unless you're picking up on your own deep space signal. Even the performer's sexing is stilted & affected, artificiality being the point; all these layers of unreality reflect back on each other like a TV on TV on a TV- it's a neon waxwork christened in c#m. Every time I hear this song now I nearly enter a fugue state, that menacing electro beat & mid air collision of ambient fender noise- warp speed ahead.

This is the only time a porno has done this to me, this kind of transcendent-grade mind-f%#k. See the whole flick for its bizarre, nightmare visions only incidentally criss-crossed with explicit sex sure; it's one the best XXX films I've seen. See it for the best on- screen use of Satie's Gymnopedie too (wink), but especially see it for this one scene; it's some sort of worm hole lassoed onto camera.

A few years ago I read a novel whose name now escapes me where this flick figured in the plot. It was about a film editor on an obsessive quest, searching through scads of old movies for a hidden symbol in certain scenes that pointed toward some huge, hidden conspiracy obscured from profane eyes. I wish I could remember the title.

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