A sad Arabian queen is cheered by her attendants, a Queen Bee rules over a hive of adoring drones, and a teenage girl is transformed into a queen in a colorful musical fantasy inspired by old Hollywood musicals.
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VIVA is about a bored housewife in 1972 who gets sucked into the sexual revolution. Abandoned by her husband, Barbi is dragged into trouble by her girlfriend, who spouts women's lib as she gets Barbi to discard her bra and go out on the town. Barbi becomes a Red Riding Hood in a sea of wolves, and quickly learns a lot more than she wanted to about nudist camps, the hippie scene, orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs, and bohemia. Saturated to the hilt with vibrant color and exquisite period detail, and full of the kind of innocent nude romps you see before censorship codes lifted, VIVA looks like a lost film from the late '60's, and is a tribute to the best of exploitation cinema, from Herschell Gordon Lewis' Suburban Roulette to Radley Metzger's Camille 2000. Written by
The Japanese Mae West in the orgy scene who says, "Murray, peel me a grape" is 'Anna Biller (I)''s mother Sumiko, dubbed by Bridget Brno. The guy at the bar in the brown plaid suit behind Rick is Anna's father Les Biller. He originally had one line as a drunk. See more »
The $50 bill that Clyde gives to Mrs. James is clearly a modern-day "big-head" bill, not a 1970s-vintage currency. See more »
I want to be called Viva, which in Italy means "to live." Because that's what I want to do now - to live!
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this is an excellent film which i enjoyed a lot. It's clever but with a lot of heart. i recommend highly!
The cast do well with potentially very difficult material. It is breathtakingly funny and the musical numbers connect well.
It's one of the most visually considered & just generally gorgeous films made since the turn of the century. It's difficult for me to think of a better debut feature made in the last 30 years. AB has an incredible strong authorial voice - it's easy to appreciate the film a great deal just as a technical achievement - but it's all the better for wearing its obvious craft quite lightly.
I've seen the film described as an homage or a pastiche, which I think is not correct. AB excels at giving psychological depth and nuance to the women in this film - who appear initially to be recognisable types, but who are afforded a rounded inner life, to an extent not seen often in modern cinema. The visuals recall 70s sexploitation, but the craft and techniques recall the best of an earlier vintage - it owes as much to the 30s as it does to the 70s. To some extent what i like about the film is how it gives archetypes of characters from the 70s the sensitive and intelligent treatment earlier directors gave their own heroines.
That's my take anyway. I recommend it highly. I think the reputation film has suffered from being seen as a homage, rather than the start of something new. I think this perception will change in the future!
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