Friday, June 10, 2011

Sex In The Comics (1973) Eric von Letch

Sex in the Comics (1973) DVDRIP
Director: Eric von Letch / Country: Italy
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1 / Color / 87 mns
Language: English / Subtitles: none
File: avi / Xvid / 699 mo
When most people think of "porn," they don't get images of semi-surreal drawn sets, people with weird looking face makeup and face puddy on attempting to portray comic book characters, or montages of WWI and WWII stock footage. Most people wouldn't think of Sex In The Comics when they think of porn. However, this bizarre little 70s oddity which is now all but lost was billed as porn, sold as porn, and viewed as porn. A shame, for if its makers had promoted the film correctly, it could have been a cult hit.
The premise is simple: a woman goes to interview a famous cartoonist about his work, but instead he gives her a history lesson on Tijuana Bibles (satirical dirty comic books). We then see around 20 of these comics acted out.

Although the premise might make this film sound like ordinary 70s sleaze (and I'll make no assertion that this film's storyline is super creative), the execution is like nothing I've ever seen before. For one, the entire film takes in a whole slew or (purposefully) tacky drawn sets, which are intended to mimic the frequently primitive artwork of the comics they are based off of. Furthermore, the entire cast (well, only the males) wear strange looking face masks throughout the film, again so that they more resemble the comic characters they're based off of. Again, this might not sound all that odd for anyone whose seen the work of "Rinse Dream" but still, the ambiance of the scenes truly do give the film a very unique feel.
The dialog is also written to mimic the style of writing which the original comics used, and as a result, the very dated humor frequently falls flat. Additionally, the film almost feels like it was designed for 5 year olds based on the caliber of the humor.

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