Recorded at the Vienna State Opera house in 1989, this staging of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Elektra is one of the glories of live opera on film, deserving of eternal availability. The DVD picture has great clarity, despite the darkness of Hans Schavernoch’s set design. Other than the cliché of a huge statue head, toppled on its side, the set manages to be suitably representative of a decaying palace as well as an imposing, theatrical space, dominated by the mammoth body of the statue from which the head apparently dropped, draped with the ropes that seem to have enabled the decapitation. Sooner or later most of the characters cling to and twist around those ropes, an apt stage metaphor for the remorseless repercussions from the murder of Agammenon by his unfaithful wife Klytämnestra and her paramour, Aegisthus. Reinhard Heinrich’s costumes capture a distant era while sustaining a creepily modern look — part Goth, part homeless, part Spa-wear.
"Rape" by Pierre Chevalier is a strange and gleefully sleazy semi-mondo about a bunch of reporters trying to "blow the lid" on rape,of course resulting in a lot flashbacks with lots of nudity and rape in them. There are seven or eight rape scenes in "Rape", some of them quite brutal and misogynistic. The film doesn't take the stand for rape, but just the fact that the cheap exploitation makers at Eurociné did a film on rape with lots of nudity in it makes it dubious to the max. The most interesting episode is with Brigitte Lahaie. She plays a medicine student,who is raped by two truckers. After recovering from trauma she lures both her rapists and surgically castrates them. Politically incorrect sickie.
This erotic horror film, set in 1905, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women, Eva (Brigitte Lahaie) and Elizabeth (Franca Mai). The women are seductive and teasing, but turn out to be part of a vampiric cult of blood-drinking aristocrats.