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I expected mere titillation for the sake of exploitation ...which is
partly why Krafft-Ebing challenges his readers to understand... he
coined the term "masochism" and explains how exploitation, or the
feeling of being exploited satisfies one's desires, however these
selfish desires and their abstractions---not just coitus for
procreation---but the odd fetishes; weird and irrational things that
humans combine with touch, taste and their associations with pleasure,
is what Krafft-Ebing explored. But in Krafft-Ebing's time the
patriarchal model of thinking dominated every-body's behaviors, and the
idea of Men and Women with different needs was completely new
territory. Krafft-Ebing sought to understand these things, like his
first pupil, Sigmund Freud and so should you.
About the movie, a few things stand out for me---besides Wood---the
marionette and old-tyme, rotating diorama scene performed by Rob Nixon.
If one only listens to the narrator, one will be repulsed, but Nixon's
puppetry made it a lovely scene ...until you focus on the narrator
again. Such delightful revulsion. Such a brilliant contrast. Speaking
of weird contrasts, the scene shot on the train was technically
abominable... whites blown-out and actors look green. What happened?
Most other scenes are really well done, lighting, set and decent
editing. I really enjoyed how the camera work made me feel like a
voyeur on these people's lives.
Basically, the writer/director, Bret Wood takes an artful Victorian
approach to exposing hidden recesses within the minds Kraft-Ebbing
considered deviant. Most every quirk gets screen time, but blood-lust
was the primary fluid of compulsion. I avoided focusing on this by
counting how many behaviors were abnormal in the Victorian Age, and by
comparison acceptable in modern times. It must have been a demanding
task for Wood to sort through all the kinks from the book.
His book, a precursor to Kinsey's reports and the DSM, Krafft-Ebing
explored various psychologies and how they deal with sexuality and
desires. And I appreciate how Wood tied stories together with themes.
Most interesting for the "people-watcher" or scientist. Voyeuristic; in
a very mythical way, and its interesting to see people's motivations to
satisfy desires. Honest portrayals of people's perversions, bawdy lusts
and vile corporal behaviors---all the more condemnable because of the
time period. Yet, I found a few actors unconvincing in their
performances. Blah. But on the whole, scenes carried well from subject
to subject, and in the end, there is some clear explanations about
people's sexuality. This was good drama with an academic arch of
learning. The ending was unexpected and left me with more questions
A brilliant feminist author, Camille Paglia once said in "The Joy of
Presbyterian Sex--Sex, Art, and American Cutlure, Essays", published
Vintage Books, 1992, p.32 she wrote "Life without guilt or shame would
be found only in sociopaths and the lobotomized."
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