I heard a story about a person buying this movie and writing a nasty email to the distributor about the male content contained in the picture. Again. Look at the cover. Ask yourself first, if this is something you would like to put in your eyeballs. Second, not everything the great V.S. puts out has to conform to your heterosexual tissue destruction party. Dicks on screen? Sure. Let's do this.
Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
Acclaimed director Wakefield Poole’s second feature, the surreal and trippy Bijou, set a new standard for explicit cinema when it opened in 1972. The film concerns a construction worker (Bill Harrison) who witnesses a car accident and pockets the female victim’s purse in which he discovers her invitation to a club named Bijou. There he enters a strange erotic world where dark fatasies becomes reality. A fever dream blending the erotic and the divine in equal parts, Bijou is a psychosexual puzzle that rewards multiple viewings.
I'm not going to say that I enjoyed all of Bijou. Quite frankly some of this artsy shit kind of doesn't sit right. Oh, I don't care that two men have sex on screen. Perfectly comfortable with that concept. It's really just the strange, in your face presentation without true narrative. Sure there's an opening scene that set the stage in the really real world, but then, once our "hero" enters the Bijou, we are taken into a land of side shows, erotic fantasy music videos set to classical music and all performed with some deeper, exploratory message behind it. That's all well and good, but I didn't exactly feel inspired or influenced by the overall picture. It's possible that that is because I'm not Bijou's intended audience.
This is a grindy presentation with enjoyable flaws. It is fully restored from original 16mm film elements, 2K scan. The disc includes an introduction, video interview and commentary with the director. This I highly recommend if you're having trouble with the picture or Poole's vision of self-discovery. There's a trailer and unused audition footage.
You like to crank it out to an artsy picture featuring loads of naked men? Poole's picture will suit you just fine. Fans of Greg Araki. Fans of Andy Warhol's pictures. You'll both enjoy this one as well. It's important to remember that Vinegar Syndrome's mission is part to arouse you, but really it's to get you interested in strange, obscure, older cinema and the preservation there of. A movie like Bijou fits right in with that mission statement and can certainly open your eyes to what was going on in front of the lens in 1972.
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