Ecstacy (1933)

“Cry when love broke your heart.” – Eva

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman marries an older man and is quite disappointed when marriage is not what she expected.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago and was curious to see what it was all about since it is one of the oldest film that was quite controversial when it came out.

The story told here works quite well and flows along in an interesting way.

Hedy Lamarr does a wonderful job in the lead role and she makes us believe everything that she does.

We get a clear idea of what kind of things she desires and why she never seems to become satisfied by all that happens in her life.

This film was so controversial due to its explicit use of nudity which was quite rare at that time even if it seems commonplace nowadays in film.

It also alludes to some very explicit ideas that were quite risque when this film was made in the early 1930’s.

This movie does a great job with its editing to make us truly believe much of the innuendo as things move along at a nice pace.

The story itself is quite simple, yet they find a way to make it seem very realistic and enjoyable as things come across as being very believable especially when dealing with so many issues relating to marriage, love and how different people react in diverse ways to to the emotions of happiness and disappointment.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing idea that works due to the way that the story flows along. Lamarr is quite good in the lead role and allows for us to get a clear idea of what she desires and why she is not satisfied with everything that occurs in her life. The film was extremely controversial when it came due to its nudity and explicit scenes that seem commonplace now, but were highly risque 85 years ago. The film does a great job using editing tricks in order to make us believe much of innuendo that occurs as the story moves along. They manage to deal with some great themes that involve marriage, love and the various ways how different people deal with the emotions that come with these kind of issues. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Allegedly the first-ever film to portray a female orgasm on-screen, causing outrage in both Hitler’s Germany and the United States. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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