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Breakfast in Bed (2000)
Breakfast has never been served better. . .
I've been a follower of Richard Bigg's philosophy of erotic filmmaking for quite some time now. In this most recent creation, he displays the wit and ingenuity of a Russ Meyers sans plot (as if Meyers ever relied on narrative drive over physical necessity!). Breakfast in Bed is a classic take on female humiliation that is counterbalanced with a knowing eye toward the deconstruction of the machismo porn industry. The degradation that Nikki must endure at the cruel hands of her master/boyfriend and her willing insistence on allowing him to have his sadistic way is in reality a feminist commentary on male/female synergy. The philosophical trope here is that "the other" is a woman in her cliched realm, where she normally reigns surpreme: the world of the kitchen, and the literal turned tables and roles of the sexes there. Here the man is the cook, the woman the served. Of course, Bigg doesn't stop there. That would be too easy. He allows the camera's gaze, and thus the audience, to realize that the reversal of roles in the domestic situation doesn't equate with a reversal of sexism and exploitation. Indeed, sexism and antifeminism are compounded exponentially as Nikki loses her one area of domestic control and finds that her simple request to be served is an invitation to torture. There is humor in this film but always edged with Bigg's eye for criticism. I can only point to the sausage scene as an example. I would recommend this short experimental piece to all those interested in an interesting and metaphorical portrayal of the male / female power struggle and its inevitable real world consequences. I look forward to more films by Bigg and what he intends to do with a traditional narrative and his further thoughts on feminism and porn.