Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Goto, Island of Love (1969)

Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Cult Epics)

On a remote island, a dictator and his beautiful wife are adored by the public who know nothing of the outside world. Entertainment consists of fights to the death between prisoners, one of whom gains favor from the dictator after appealing to his wife for mercy. As a reward, his life is spared and he is given the responsibilities of "dogs, flies and boots", that is he takes care of the dog kennels, tries to keep the area free of flies and cleans boots. Eventually he gains the trust of the dictator, who gives him a gun which he immediately uses to assassinate him! However, his attempt to seduce the dead dictator's wife ultimately fails. Borowczyk's first feature film relies less on shocking sex scenes than his later works, though there is a bit of excessive nudity. Rather, this is more in line with the classic surrealistic works of Bunuel and Dali. Borowczyk is not quite as talented in that regard, but he successfully incorporates some of his own themes into the surrealistic framework.

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