virus: Re: Live Nude Girls

Michelle Lee Gendvil (
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 15:59:48 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 26 Jul 1997, Tim Rhodes wrote:

Eva, you let them seduce you out of this wonderfully boring town?!
Well, I am disappointed!

> Instead I'll offer a movie (or two) for you, Michelle. Hal Hartley's
> _Trust_, one of my favorite movies on many levels (although his most
> recent movie, _Flirt_ rivals it for that position). Or, for its sheer
> poetry and beauty, _Close My Eyes_.
> I will check these out - I've watched a few of Hal Hartley's flicks, but
I don't remember these particular titles.

You're right, _LiveNudeGirls_ is loaded with stuff to talk about. I don't
exactly know the best place to start, but here it goes -

I encouraged my roommate (who is five years younger than myself)
to watch this movie with her friends and she reacted in a way which I
interesting. She thought it was funny. I thought it was disturbing.
She laughed recalling the scene in which the woman and the
Greenpeace supporter have sex. I looked at her questioningly.

I found this scene effective in conveying the limits that some
women will go to fulfill
their _emotional_ (not the best word here I know, but I want to keep this
fairly short) neediness. The money she "contributes" to
is actually her way of rationalizing a somewhat twisted and completely
meaningless sexual act with a boy young enough to be her son. The
actors convey their tension in a way that makes it seem very real and
uncomfortable for the viewer (for me anyway).

The viewer of _LND_ is essentially an omniscient voyeur, observing
the female "closet" moments and the "games we play". These acts are
exaggerated in order
to open the eyes of the "naive" female viewer, who are welcomed into
feminist enlightement. The problem is that the naive females probably
can't relate and won't understand. They may even laugh.

All *men* have the desire to know. An indication of this is
the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from
their usefulness they are loved for themselves.
- Aristotle
- Michelle