I noticed that when I check out a blog, it asks me if I want to continue or not, an extra step...WTF?? This is annoying but I don’t think I can do anything about it. My pain seems to be a bit better and I actually could sleep until 7am yesterday instead of crawling out at 5am. I have to go for xrays, ultrasounds and another test to see what is going on. I think it is my bursitis that got irritated but we shall see. Unfortunately, not much lust is going on in my neck of the woods but that doesn’t mean lust isn’t around and kicking. A good lust in the dust ( not with Divine...ewwww) is always fun and this is a deadly sin which Wandering Through The Shelves has decided to showcase for this week’s theme. I decided to go with 3 films that, I believe, show Lust well( no, I’m not talking about Raquel Welch from Bedazzled). Here are my 3...
1. PANDORA’S BOX-1929
Oh yes, nothing says lust like a Silent German film unless it stars the luminous Louise Brooks. She is one actress that I think most of you would love to read about and she was an excellent writer herself about old Hollywood who did not pull any punches about ole Hollywoodland. Louise gave the finger to her studio and hightailed it to Europe where she made 2 great films in Germany and one in France, this being one of them( the first of the 3 and in Germany). She stars as Lulu, a beautiful woman who knows what she does to men and women especially a Countess who can’t stop being with her. This Countess may be the first time a Lesbian is shown on film( not including porn) that will do whatever she can for Lulu. Lulu uses and leaves but each time she descends further into the underbelly of society. You never know who might finally make Lulu feel sensuality for the first time but this may not be a good thing. Well directed by G. W. Pabst with sensual camera effects, costumes and the face of Louise Brooks, it’s a film that is a must see.
2. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE-1946
Lana Turner is at her sexy, platinum blond best as a duplicitous wife of a nice old, daft man who believe his wife is happy running their diner in a dusty, hot U.S. town. Enter John Garfield( died too young and a victim of the communist witch hunts) as a smoking hot hunka, hunka burning loins who comes to the diner and is hired to help out. He proceeds to help himself to Lana and she is more than willing. Their lusty trips down sex aisle leads them to kill her daft husband so they can be together and it seems to work but not for long. This is a much better film than the one with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. I hope you get to see it one day.
I have seen the very good remake with Jeremy Irons but my heart belongs to Daddy..Er...wrong way...my heart belongs to this version directed by Stanley Kubrick. This stars James Mason as Humbert, Humbert, a professor who becomes in lust with a 14 year old daughter of his landlady. What's he supposed to do but marry the mom whom he is repulsed by. When mom finds out what he thinks of her and her daughter she runs right into a car a dies. Humbert ventures off to Lolita's school and eventually tells her about mom. The gal knows what's going on and uses her charms seducing the perv and relegating him to colouring her toe nails. You know he is going down a path of lustful degeneration but you can't help but watch. Lolita was played by Sue Lyon who was only 14 years old at the time but carried the film quite well given her naivity.
Which 3 films would you choose?
Which 3 films would you choose?