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Christmas on Earth (1963)

Cocks and Cunts (original title)
| Short, Documentary
For all intents and purposes, "Christmas on Earth" is a performance art film about genital worshipping. At 29 minutes, Barbara Rubin has created the ultimate study on the celebratory and ... See full summary »

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For all intents and purposes, "Christmas on Earth" is a performance art film about genital worshipping. At 29 minutes, Barbara Rubin has created the ultimate study on the celebratory and erotic nature of free-love. The film is tinted in various colors, hence the title, and finds various individuals engaging in sexual activity. Men with women, men with men, women with women, and several orgies throughout. Written by Ed Gonzalez <repulsion2000@yahoo.com>

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psychadellic soft core 'bores' audiences
3 November 2003 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

First off I want to say I felt this movie was total trash and I saw it as tripped out porn rather than experimental film in any analytical sense. The overall tone is that of sexual ambiguity and possibly may exhibit overtones of racial ambiguity and/or blurring all of these lines. The two main figures in the first two thirds of the film are in full body paint with various physical features illuminated by contrasting paint colors. The woman is covered in black with white circles around her breasts and stomach as well as highlighting various features of her face. The man is covered in white, with black streaks across his chest and face and black covering his genitalia entirely. These two in juxtaposition almost comes off as a mockery of tribal rituals, especially when they are rhythmically undulating in a close proximity to each other, this is the only point in the film i found at all interesting.

A series of superimposed shots, due to two reels, progresses for the early part of the film saying nothing, and existing as trippy genitalia in 'motion' exhibit. I almost found something appalling about the consistent and heightened representations of flaccidity in the early part of the film but i must say the later erect circus was not highly flattering either. One thing I found interesting in the film is that alongside using the painted stomach and breasts of the woman as a sort of cartoon character, the genitalia become characters as well. In my opinion this film only exists as art because one, the editing style, and two, the way the human body is used as a moving canvas. I will give Barbara credit for that one! One thing i noted during the viewing of this film was that it was either made as a retort to the soft-core porin industry, or as a statement of rebellion against well-composed images, sensibility, and popular culture.

The only theme apparent to me in Christmas, is that of ambiguous identity. This is accomplished through body makeup, 'unassigned' genitalia, superimposition of 'man' and 'woman' imagery atop one another (which can be seen as a disconnected coitus), and also by the gay soft core at the end of the film. The man on man action that concludes the film is the most obscure and unexplained part to me. For one it seems completely unnatached to the rest of the film stylistically. In no way did this film offend me, I just found it pointless and not particularly creative in any way, at least not in a sense that i would care to indulge or sympathize with.


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