Venus in Furs (8/10)

I have had this on DVD for quite some time now and am re-watching it after noticing I never gave it a proper review here. The big takeaway is that this movie is beautiful. Every frame is composed perfectly and there is a deliberate use of bright red in a corner of every scene. It’s like the whole movie was shot in Twin Peak’s Black Lodge. The visuals are complemented by a laid-back and jazzy score by Manfred Mann. Again the Twin Peaks comparisons apply here as well. The story itself is a bit undercooked, barely coherent, and relies too heavily on James Darren’s “Man, it was a trippy scene, ya dig!” narration to tie it all together. Coherence is not the point here. Just sit back, turn off your brain, and enjoy the mellow dreamscapes.

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