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THE VOYEUR
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Reviewed by: Jamey Hughton

Directed by: Tinto Brass

Starring:
Francesco Casale
Franco Branciaroli
Katarina Vasilissa

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Extras:  
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What's it about
A French Literature professor fantasizes about sex with women around him (mostly his estranged wife), and has actual sex with some of them too. There’s a hell of a lot of sex. I think that pretty much covers it.
Is it good movie?
Tinto Brass, the Italian director of the infamous CALIGULA, makes movies that are pretty much complete pornography and passes them off as art. THE VOYEUR is another extremely explicit slice of erotic cinema from Brass, albeit one that looks very pretty at times. I was hoping for an actual film, and what I got was a two hour episode of RED SHOE DIARIES, only about five times as graphic (and with a distinct lack of David Duchovny). All the dreamy fetishism and lustful liasons add up to little more than a smut film, one that strives to be artfully done but is simply kitschy and terrible.

Basically the gist of the “plot” is this: Dodo (Francesco Casale) is the title character; he loves to do the whole peeping tom thing, and I guess his wife Sylvia (Katarina Vasilissa) doesn’t appreciate it because the two are separated. Dodo’s father (Franco Branciaroli) is bed-ridden and yet has a sexy nurse, and his students are cheerfully promiscuous. He doesn’t have much intimacy in his own life, but he sees it everywhere around him.

When you watch THE VOYEUR, this is what you’re getting into: multiple angles of vaginas, men’s members stiffening, literally dozens of shots of hot women bending over in tight, see-through pants, and a huge array of fake, stand-in penises (at least I’m going to assume what I saw were prosthetics). Now, one could argue, “why not just rent porn?,” which I think is reasonable and you should probably consider it. I mean, I’m a warm-blooded male and of course some of the scenes in this are pretty damn steamy. But I review movies for this site, not skin flicks.
Video / Audio
Video 1.78:1 Widescreen format

Audio Italian with optional English subtitles
The Extras
Interview with Tinto Brass In this interview from July 2007, the director goes on for 25 minutes (with cigar in hand) talking about the movie’s inspiration (the erotic novel “L’uomo che guarda") and about the way sex is portrayed in the film.

Tinto Brass Trailers Get a glimpse at seven other Brass epics.

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Last Call
THE VOYEUR is erotic cinema at its most graphic. Like I said earlier, maybe just go ahead and rent a good porn.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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