Cinema: Pleading Insanity


Directed and Written by DUSAN MAKAVEJEV

Sweet Movie was shown two years ago at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then it has acquired a justifiably vile reputation. A sort of live-action animated cartoon, the movie is a paean to the joys of insanity. Should there be any mistaking this intent, Director Dusan Makavejev (who made another Reichian parable, WR—Mysteries of the Organism) includes a little ditty with the refrain, "It's a joy to be crazy/ Good to be sad.../ Good to practice deadly sin/ To be alive and to win." Irony, if intended, is imperceptible.

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