Jorge Grau was a Spanish film director who worked in the age of the sexual revolution which came late in Spain because of censorship in Francoist Spain.
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
The Bloody Countess
To the illustrious history of
Spanish horror film, Grau contributed (1973) and The Bloody Countess (1974), the first film on Let Sleeping Corpses Lie Elizabeth Báthory, the second on zombies.
To the not so illustrious history of
Spanish erotica, he contributed the film , the first Spanish film to feature full frontal nudity. The film touches upon La trastienda sexual repression and Opus Dei.
Cantudo sings “Desnudame”, in the background are excerpts from “La trastienda’
María José Cantudo was the actress who was first seen nude on Spanish cinema screens in La trastienda. While researching Grau, it also came to my attention that Cantudo recorded a song called “Desnuda me”, Spanish for “Unrobe me”.
In the part on Spanish horror of the documentary
, Jorge Grau is featured on 18:50 [above]. Eurotika!
It makes little sense to talk about
consumerism since consumerism is a pejorative (a third of the are) and implies -isms anti-consumerism.
So all talk of consumerism is talk of anti-consumerism.
Which brings me to the film above, which I suspect to feature strains of anti-consumerism. I speak of a Russian film about the
Paris Commune which was titled . The New Babylon
 posted a lovely still of this film of a woman with a gun and a mannequin.
The New Babylon of the title of this film refers (I just learned) to a shopping mall, with the same title.
Shopping malls are paradises of consumerism.
The earliest shopping malls were arcades, admirably staged by Walter Benjamin in the
and exemplified by Arcades Project The Crystal Palace. Window shopping without getting wet! A feast of artificiality! Society of the spectacle!
I shop therefore I am.
A full version of
The New Babylon is now on YouTube (above).
Amos Vogel‘s (1974) was a blast and leafing through the book today still is a thrill (see for example Film as a Subversive Art a still I posted on my new NSFW tumblr blog). The book is a milestone in the history of subversion.
Now online is
(UK, 2003) , a documentary about Amos Vogel (1921 – 2012) and the film society Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 Cinema 16.