Two suburban couples experiment with sex, drugs and bohemia in early 1970's Los Angeles.

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Cast

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Anna Biller ...
Barbi / Viva
Jared Sanford ...
Mark
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Sheila
Sam Bologna ...
Mr. Humphrey
Damon Wellner ...
Hippie
Chad England ...
Rick
Corky Parks ...
Sailor / Hot Tub Nudist
Evan Spector ...
Sailor
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Miss Marker
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Model (as Barbara Duffy)
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Model (as Deirdre Gaffney)
Barry Morse ...
Sherman
Cole Chipman ...
Reeves
Rob Scott ...
Doctor
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Man at Party
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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 Anonymous

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They were housewives seeking kicks, in a world of swingers, orgies, booze and sin that was the sexual revolution!


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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Sherman goes into his kitchen, the blender is empty. He then opens a cupboard and takes out some powder before turning back to the blender - which is now full of milkshake mix. See more »

Quotes

Clyde: The girl wants to be my friend. But honestly, who wants to be friends with a girl?
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Connections

Featured in SexTV: Pornscapes/Viva/Forbidden City (2007) See more »

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Easy Lovers
Composed and Performed by Piero Piccioni
From the OST "Camille 2000" ET 905 (Easy Tempo)
Courtesy of Right Tempo SNC www.righttempo.net
1970 Piero Piccioni (P) 1998 right Tempo SNC
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Anna Biller is a Genius
5 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie this morning and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it all day. It was like watching a film made by Radley Metzger, Russ Meyer, and George Kuchar all rolled into one. It's a hilarious homage to the sixties/early seventies sexploitation pictures and Playboy philosophy, and despite the copious nudity and many references to sex, it's strangely one of the most innocent films I've seen in a long time. The performances, costumes and script as well as Ms. Biller's use of sets and color are mind-boggling and transform the movie into a camp masterpiece. Why did this go direct to video and not play the theater circuit? It would be perfect for midnight movie showings. I'm curious how she found funding for this film in this day and age and am eagerly looking forward to her next one. This movie is amazing!


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