Sex in the City^W Cinema
If you are a moviegoing person, you might have found out already that Austria is not a movie-loving country. Not only is it fairly expensive to watch a film in a movie theater, but you have to pull outrageous stunts to find movies in their original version (try non-english versions!) in Vienna. Plus, every movie shown here is released half a year later than anywhere else in the world, whyever that is.
While Hollywood Blockbusters are treated like dirt in Vienna, there are some initiatives that are really worth the while of people who like to look deeper. The Filmmuseum is one, the Filmarchiv Austria another of those wonderful institutions. Especially the latter keeps on surprising me. They run retrospectives or themed cycles of films, often rarities or films you just can’t get your hands on normally. One of the next things coming up in the Filmarchiv is the ‘Sex is Cinema’ cycle airing in the Metro Kino in Johannesgasse from the 10th of March to the 4th of April. Especially the 20ies were rich in films with erotic or sexual undertones, disguised as so-called ‘educational films’, but also in the 30ies and all through the 50ies films with erotic motives made the tabloid headlines and were a sure bet for scandal (think ‘Die Suenderin’ from 1950, where the naked back of Hildegard Knef enraged and enthralled german men):
Brilliant gems such as ‘Anders als die Anderen‘, a silent film about Homosexuality in the 20ies or ‘Die freudlose Gasse‘, a 1925 film by G.W. Pabst about Vienna’s underworld will be shown. Of course classics such as ‘Der blaue Engel‘ with Marlene Dietrich or ‘Sodom und Gomorrha‘ which was filmed in Vienna are also a part of the program. I recommend looking through the Timetable and pick out a couple of things. They even have the two versions of ‘Maedchen in Uniform’! (The first one with Hertha Thiele is allegedly more kinky than the second version in which Romy Schneider plays Manuela) I’m so thrilled, I can’t begin to tell you all…