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Although uncredited, the British filmmaker, famous for his collaborations with William S. Burroughs, contributed footage to this montage of sexually suggestive images backed with a soundtrack that consists mainly of agitated monkeys and heavy breathing. While at first it comes off as a possible send up of avant garde films of the time, you start to realize that these people aren't joking.
Sexologists, psychologists, and proponents of sexual freedom, the Kronhausens here attempt to induce erotic response in the audience by carefully chosen visual stimuli and juxtapositions (aimed at both conscious and unconscious). Phallic symbols and open orifices, a tongue licking an orange, an unexpected finger entering the frame: almost any object or act, no matter how innocuous, the Kronhausens show, can be made to appear erotic, and reveals our predisposition towards shaping visual evidence for purposes of erotic gratification.
Film as a Subversive Art, Pages 229-30. (Inventory #: 37088)