Cinema: Lascivious Ecstasy

The Federal prosecutor called it "unsuitable, immoral and lascivious, with adultery as its theme."

Defense counsel called it "as beautiful as anything ever filmed," insisted that "it teaches a lesson of life which is different from obscenity. . . ."

The picture was famed Extase, starring Austrian Hedy Kiesler, most popular cinema shown at the International Film Exposition in Venice year ago (TIME, Aug. 27). In ten reels containing only 300 words it tells the story of an unhappy bride's enthusiastic responses to a strange young man who meets her when she is...

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