'The Voyeur: Uncensored Directors Cut' [Blu-ray]
(Franceso Casale, Katarina Vasillissa, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1994) 2015 / Cult Epics)
Overview: 'The Voyeur' is based on the famous erotic novel (L'uomo che Guarda) by Alberto Moravia, tells the story of Eduardo 'Dodo', who in public is a professor of French literature but in private a desperately lovesick cuckold, married to the ever-more-elusive Sylvia.
Blu-ray Verdict: Well, the truth is, and for those that know and love the work of beloved Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass, this newly restored HD transfer of 'The Voyeur' is just what the doctor ordered! Chock full of everything all his fans have grown to love within his films - a lighthearted script, a breezy and absolutely charming sense of acting abilities from all concerned, and full of Brass' perennial obsessions with such things as hairy bushes and succulent bottoms - the man born as Giovanni Brass, back in 1994, made yet another highly-recommended work of softcore erotica for the masses.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he directed many critically acclaimed avant-garde films of various genres. Today, he is mainly known for his later work in the erotic genre, and that's where 'The Voyeur' so-easily slips in to. Put it this way, if you're a fan of Tinto Brass, you'll know what to expect here (and will love it). If you are not a fan of his well, why the hell are you reading this review in the first place?!
That aside, 'The Voyeur' is a well written and well acted work of cinematic art, of that have no doubt. Even give that it was a mid-90's project, and all the "old" cameras and such that went with its actual filming aspects, the cinematography and production values are well above average for this type of film.
Showcasing en mass of scenes that show us full frontal male genitalia, we quickly learn that it's actually the female form of nudity that will slowly, but surely become more abundant; screen time wise. No actual penetration is shown, as per normal, but sure, people get it on, as you would fully expect.
As for the film itself, well, 'The Voyeur' may be the closest Brass ever came to making a film with real depth. I mean, sure, again, it carries within it those moments of campy erotica, but here they are combined with numerous character studies; some might say, that statement about human nature are brought forth each time also. And while the blatant sexuality and skimpy outfits often border on the absurd, and often make it difficult to take the story seriously, 'The Voyeur' just isn't as so-called "extreme" as in a lot of Brass's work.
Brass' films, since his early works follow an impressionistic style – they tend not to show immense landscapes, but bits and pieces of the scenery and peripheral characters and objects through pans and zooms, thus imitating how the viewer might see the events if they were actually present. This also gives the films an extraordinarily rapid pace. He often uses a television-like multi-cam method of shooting, with at least three cameras running at once, each focusing on something different.
In short, and in closing, there are both voyeurs and "spies" in his films, and especially here in 'The Voyeur,' of course. The sexual act is spied upon, deliberately watched. Yet this still remains within the confines of those known to the act. In Brass' films, the voyeurism is the act of a pervert; yet this pervert is rightly situated; in my humble opinion. So, watch 'The Voyeur: Uncensored Directors Cut' [Blu-ray] tonight for yourself and you will quickly find yourself taking a "side" - perhaps it will be interesting for you to discover which side that turns out to actually be; come the final act. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
New Restored High-definition Transfer
Interview with the Director (2007)
Photo Video Gallery
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