Venus in Fur - 7:25 Sat 7/19 Shattuck

I know I'm not giving you much warning here but it seems like this will be a really good film so I'm taking a shot.

Please show by at least 7 because it starts at 7:25 and we need to gather and find seats.  After we will go have a bite to eat.

See you soon.

Suzie

The latest film by master director Roman Polanski 

(Carnage, The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby)

 is an acting tour de force by Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, who previously co-starred in 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

. Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's sexually provocative novella, 

Venus in Fur

 is an enthralling battle of wills. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of unsuccessfully auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) is about to leave when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic—and, it turns out, erotic—energy, demanding an audition. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared—or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely. 

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Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...

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  • Lucymarie R.

    The acting was terrific. As the movie mentioned, the play was based on the 1869 novel, “Venus in Furs” by Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch. The movie was very faithful, in both the script and the acting, to the novel. The term, masochism, was coined from Sacher-Masoch’s name by Krafft-Ebing, an Austrian psychiatrist, in his 1886 book “Psychopathia Sexualis”. Sacher-Masoch was very offended by this use of his name. Today Krafft-Ebing’s views provoke laughter. But the first hand reports by masochists in Krafft-Ebing’s book, while unlike anything in “Venus in Furs”, are a very relevant historical account. I’m not sure when or where the term “sadomasochism”, a conflation of names of the Marquis de Sade and Sacher-Masoch, originated. In any case, the last person a masochist wants to be associated with is a true sadist. So the term, which implies an affinity between the two, is quite misleading.

    1 · July 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      So Polanski actually adapted David Ive's play for the screen.

      July 20

  • Suzie

    I want to thank everyone who came. It was a wonderful show. Based on a play it had only two actors and they were fantastic. I recommend it to everyone. I do apologize for making everyone wander in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. I have thought of a place that stays open til midnight so next time we will have a destination.

    Thanks again!

    July 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Acting was extraordinary, but sadomasochistic theme was not to my liking.

    July 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's an indie to be released in August that should be compelling. Friend and pianist, Seymour Bernstein is the subject. He's well over 80. Ethan

    July 19

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ethan Hawke is producing. NYC based documentary

      July 19

  • Suzie

    cool!

    July 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a good movie. The book was very interesting and the play was fantastic!!

    July 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, if he did The Pianist, I'm interested.. but there's another piano themed flicked out there that's positively awful titled the Piano Teacher..

    July 18

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