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MONDO KEYHOLE 1966 JACK HILL PSYCHEDELIC AVANT GARDE LSD KUNG FU LESBIAN SEXPLOITATION DVD-R!

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Mondo Keyhole is a 1966 film directed by Jack Hill in his directorial debut.

A highly experimental sexploitation film with sex, drugs and violence as the boogeymen. Filmed in a virtually surreal monochrome, with many artistic touches, and taking a very negative view of its protagonist, this is about as far from the predictable roughies of Joe Campa, Barry Mahon, David Friedman or the Amero Brothers as one can imagine. The sex industry is portrayed unflinchingly as the villain, a corrupt parasite which decimated its host community. The logical alter ego of the pornographer is the serial rapist, essentially playing two sides of the same sociocultural coin. The dark forces unleashed in the creation and distribution of pornography inevitably seeps out into the community it contaminates.

The rape sequences are followed by editorial content which suggests that the previous acts weren’t “real” – merely nightmarish delusion on the part of the perpetrator – a nice allusion to the fake “reality” of pornography itself. These trippy “dream” scenes feature some brilliant montage by Jack Hill.

One hilarious scene shows the producers pontificating about the deep psychological meanings of their stag films, while dumb tarts whip other dumb tarts on-screen, a delicious stab at the pretensions of some filmmakers, who saw their low smut as high art.

Our narrator later pontificates on the symbolism of dreams and the devastating power of the repressed subconscious mind on sexual identity, evoking the works of folks such as Freud, Masoch and DeSade.

The film effectively portrays the disintegration of the main character’s mind, presumably because of his fatal immersion in all things sexual. Indeed, the film illustrates in no uncertain terms that an obsession with sex is a form of mental disease, and the message is directed, somewhat punitively, tangentially at the audience itself, via the allegory of the disintegrating pornography producer.

There is an amazing masked swingers party that looks like it could have fallen out of a Kenneth Anger film (marred somewhat by the endless ramblings of a horrible Dracula impersonator).

The film works also as a tone poem, a cultural hallucination, and a profound meditation on a very disturbedd.  era. And some of Hill’s amazing dream montages border on high art – another amusing irony in a film full of such.

A strange and baffling “missing link” between exploitation film and art film.

 

-Rob Craig

 

black and white, mono, fullscreen, DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic.

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