Menstrual blood. Jealous lovers. Incest. Pedophilia. Ritualism. Bestiality. Lesbianism. Orgies. Violence. Vampirism. Torture. Partial nudity. Public Executions. .. and an animal killing for good measure. Not exactly your average film, even by 70s European standards, and how it stayed off the banned lists is beyond me. But what’s even more odd? A 13 year old girl (Anna Karina-esque Jaroslava Schallerova) played the female lead.
Like the Annunciation and Maladolescenza, one can’t help but wonder who the target audience for Jaromil Jires’ gothic fantasy film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders was. At first glance one might assume this is a childrens movie, yet it’s anything but. Its overt darkness lies in perfect equilibrium with the innocence of the young girls flaunted throughout. The line between ingenue and lolita blurred.
Ruth White’s musical, electronic rendition of Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evilis easily one of the most insane albums ever made. Released in 1969, it featured vocal distortions and other treatments made possible by synthesized means only, thus pioneering electronic music. Perfectly paired with it’s occultic theme, this is one nightmare of a listen. In the best way possible.
Ruth White ‘the litanies of Satan’
Ruth White ‘the irremediable’
A year earlier she made a tarot themed album which is just as bizarre, but that’s another story!
Ramblin' woman with a heart of black gold. Treasure hunter/restless spirit residing in Texas. I sell vintage clothing to local boutiques, run EBay and Etsy shops, create vintage inspired goods, and take road trips weekly. I love to cook, am a firm believer in crystal healing and other holistic practices, and am on an endless quest for knowledge. Music, film, and art are very important to me.
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