Nov 9, 2011

Simona



Without question, the Italian work Simona (1974) directed by Patrick Longchamps is the best film ever created based on the writings of French transgressive author Georges Bataille. Forget the pompously putrid performance art documentaries (Visions of Excess, The Monster in the Night of the Labyrinth) starring HIV-positive homo-sadomasochist Ron Athey and Andrew Repasky McElhinney's obscenely degenerate porn flick Story of the Eye (2004), Simona is the only film based on the work of Bataille that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with the unabashedly decadent French author. Simona is based on Bataille’s 1928 novella Story of the Eye and like the book, the film manages to do the seemingly impossible by successfully combing art with eroticism for a most savory feast of sensual aesthetic overload. Thankfully, Simona is not a mere rehashing of Bataille’s book but a work that uses the original story as a sturdy skeleton for its many exquisite vignettes and delectable erotic scenarios. Simona is a cumming-of-age story about a beautiful and luscious lady named Simona (played by Italian goddess/actress Laura Antonelli) who generously carries along a young and naïve man-muse named George and uses him as a she-devil’s plaything. Simona and George mischievously romp around the countryside, using everything from dairy products to clergymen as unconventional sex toys. Along the way, the twosome turns into a threesome when they virtually kidnap a cute but somewhat reluctant blonde girl. Although featuring deviant sex and nonstop full-frontal nudity throughout, Simona is a rare work of cinematic eroticism with class and without comprise that is guaranteed to titillate and tantalize the coldest of puritan prudes. 




Near the beginning of Simona, the leading lady lets her boy toy know that, “milk is for the pussy” and, naturally, she acts accordingly, cooling herself off by sitting panty-less in a pleasant plate of delicious liquid dairy. Simona is certainly a committed proponent of body-wetness as she also finds the ocean to be a grand place for sexual exposure and team-based body ravagement. Some of the most breathtaking scenes featured in Simona are of a seaweed-heavy sex-triad on the beach. Taking cues from Nicholas Roeg (his collaborator Donald Cammell would later re-edit an English language version of the film that was never released), Simona features abstract and non-linear editing throughout, jumping back-and-forth from vulgar yet voluptuous scene-to-scene. Thus, due to the film's consistently erratic editing and always engrossing scenes, Simona proves to be an unflinchingly enthralling experience throughout. Like Bataille’s novella, Simona truly has the feel of a person recalling their precious, pheromone-heavy memories. Thankfully, Simona manages to “cut the fat” when it comes to recalling the most penetrating and stimulating of her infamous personal history. Whether it to be her valiant attempt to seduce a pussy priest with her pussy or life-shattering personal tragedy, not a dull moment is stored in the beauteous lady’s beautiful mind. 




Generally, when watching erotic Euro-sleaze flicks from the 1970s and 1980s, I am somewhat repelled by the domineering hippie “free love” atmosphere. Simona is different in that it has a timeless quality that fails to reek of pot smoke and venereal diseases. Featuring Baroque architecture and nude live-human-statues, the film is also a somewhat clever and tasteful erotic mockery of the Roman Catholic Church. Unsurprisingly, the film concludes with the quote, “…you can be Saints, either in a religious sense, or in an erotic sense” by Italian novelist Alberto Moravia. Indeed, Simona has an almost religious and spiritual tone to it, as if it is a perfect therapeutic response to the sexual repression caused by the Catholic Church. I consider it nothing less than the phenomenon of synchronicity that I happened to be reading Romanian philosopher E.M. Cioran’s early work Tears and Saints during the same time as my viewing of the film.  Simona is blasphemy gone beautiful; a meritorious trait indubitably shared by source-writer Bataille.  


-Ty E

6 comments:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Once again, just another example to make the point, i was just watching the remake of "And Soon The Darkness" (2010) starring Amber Heard and Odette Juste-girl on Youtube, it got to a scene where they went sunbathing and although they both looked gorgeous i started thinking: Why am i watching this inferior nonsense when i`ve got literally thousands of hard-core porno clips downloaded to my computer with hundreds of gorgeous sexy young girls (quite a high number of whom are even more gorgeous than Heard or Juste-girl) being buggered senseless for my masturbatory delectation, you see what i`m talking about again with regards to these kinds of films ("Simona" and "And Soon The Darkness") being ludicrously out-moded in this day and age. I`m at the point now where all i want to watch and see are beautiful gorgeous sexy young girls being buggered senseless and close-ups of the girls gaping wide arse-holes, as i said, everything else seems so ludicrously obsolete and out-moded now. Why waste your time watching inferior rubbish anymore when real hard-core porn is freely available on the internet, i dont really understand how Hollywood and the media are still getting away with their murderous lies and hypocrisy, Hollywood and the media (the abominations that they are) must fall soon because "THE TIME OF SEXUAL REPRESSION" is about to come to a thankful and merciful end.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Its such a shame that Clint Eastwood has had to besmirch his own good name by making a film about a dirty filthy faggot, even though hes a crap film-maker i`ve always thought of Eastwood of a great geezer specifically because of his rampaging heterosexuality and the fact that hes an all-American, as i said its a real pity that he felt the need to dirty his hands by making a film about one of the dirtiest, filthiest, most disgusting pansy queer bastards of the 20th century.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Almost 10 days without a reveiw again ? ! ? !. By the way, mAQ, Ty E, if everybody in the world were to simultaneously watch "Poltergeist 3" i wonder if it would bring Heather O`Rourke back to life ?.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

mAQ, Ty E, have you visited that site called "Poltergeist 3.com" ? (i`m presuming that you must have), its a great site (i visit the site every day, obviously) but i have to admit that sometimes it is rather embarrassing how they try to make people think that the site is about something other than Heather or that people ever visit the site for any reason other than to see the latest unpublished picture of Heather. As you said in your brilliant reveiw of "Poltergeist 3" from Easter `09 (i must`ve read that reveiw over 100 times, thats how superb and truthful it is) "Poltergeist 3" IS "Heather O`Rourke", for anyone to say that they watch the movie for any reason other than Heather is totally absurd.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

"Akira" premiered in Japan on July 16th 1988 just 9 days before Judith Barsi was snuffed out, i think the animation was done in 1987 when Heather was still alive, thats why it would be nice to see a reveiw of it on this site because its one of those 1987/1988 cult classics that seems to almost bring both those gorgeous little darlin`s back to life when you watch it.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

mAQ, Ty E, when Heather and Judith snuffed it with-in 6 months of each other in `88 JonBenet didn`t even exist anywhere in the known universe...WOW...if that doesn`t make you think of the final image from "2001: a Space Odyssey" i dont know what would ! ! !. Hey, wait a minute, JonBenet was born on the 45th anniversary of hiros-her-a and the little darlin` snuffed it on Christmas day, they cant be just coincidences they must somehow be relevant and significant with-in the great scheme of things as well, if we could somehow work it all out we might be able to bring those 3 gorgeous little sexpot`s back to life using a combination of voodoo, witchcraft, black magic, and sorcery ! ! !.