Friday, June 20, 2008

The Latest in Theaters: Viva Viva!

A last minute addition to this week's Latest in Theaters is Viva, the queer camp delight opening today in Los Angeles (see the film's MySpace page for more information and future engagements).

I couldn't describe it any better then the press release: "She was a housewife seeking kicks in a world of sex, sin, and swingers … Viva, a candy-colored tribute to classic sexploitation films of the 60's and 70's is Anna Biller’s take on the sexual revolution, a lurid, retro romp set in the 1970's, featuring amazing period sets, costumes and musical numbers that will delight vintage vixens and time-traveling tramps alike.

Barbi (Biller) is living the perfect suburban life as a pampered housewife, when she finds herself abandoned by her perfect Ken-doll husband Rick (Chad England). Soon, Barbi and her girlfriend Sheila (Bridget Brno), a buxom blonde with a taste for adventure, decide to get out there and see what they’re missing, and find themselves drawn into the baroque fantasyland that was the sexual revolution, including nudist camps, the hippie scene, wild orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs and bohemia.

Shot in 35mm and saturated to the hilt with vibrant color, and exquisitely detailed in its depiction of the period, Viva looks like a lost film from the late 60's, right down to the campy and self-assured performances, the big lighting, the plethora of négligées, and the delirious assortment of Salvation Army ashtrays, lamps, fabrics, and bric-a-brac. Whether you're looking for nude dancing, alcoholic swingers, stylish sex scenes, a sea of polyester, Hammond organ jams, glitzy show numbers, white horses, blondes in the bathtub, gay hairdressers or psychedelic animation, Viva has it all!"

It sure seems so ... check out the groovy trailer (could be NSFW).

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