DVD - 1999
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An idealistic young minister on a mission, must tame the wicked ways of a notorious artist whose nude paintings of his beautiful models scandalize the nation. Intent on delivering salvation, the repressed reverend and his wife instead are lead into temptation by their playfully seductive hosts and sensuous surroundings.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1999]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788815713
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy SIRENS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color with 1 black and white sequence ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 10, 2017

Sexy time! Just kidding. It's funny that this was considered racy on its release in 1994 (The 90s were so innocent.) There is a lot of nudity in it, but it's tasteful and the movie itself is more silly than naughty. This one of like 8 movies Hugh Grant was in during the mid-90s and he's at his charming, stammering best as a churchman who goes to Australia to confront a controversial painter. It's the old spirit vs. the flesh battle. Who will win? Not the audience. Sam Neill is the painter, who is based on an actual painter named Norman Lindsay, Tara Fitzgerald is Grant's repressed wife, and Aussie model Elle Macpherson is naked a lot, which was no doubt a big selling point. Directed by John Duigan, who did much better films about adolescent sexuality ("Flirting" and "The Year My Voice Broke"). "Age of Consent," with James Mason and Helen Mirren, is also based on Lindsay. Part of the "Miramax Classics" series, which also includes such 90s non-classics as "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Little Buddha."

don't believe this film was sold as a shocker. could it be a veiled biography of gaugin? even TV's Colombo has used the character of the libertine painter attracted to more than one beautiful woman, it works for me, maybe it doesn't for you. they can't all be Cleopatra, or the Robe, or the Ten Commandments, now, can they? (Last Temptation of Christ) this was the first I ever saw of elle MacPherson, and she photographs well in running water. tara pictures well in church. sam neill was better in dead calm, but does not detract here.

Jul 27, 2013

Really hard to see what point there is to this film, other than "temptation is tempting." (Not much of a shocker ...)


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