Three cheers for Arte
Arte is a cable TV channel with a focus on arts and culture. It's one of the few things that make me regret that I understand so little German, and no French at all; most of their programme seems to be in French with German subtitles, so I don't watch it very often.
But last night, by sheer chance, I caught a marvellously bizarre film on Arte; fortunately it was shown in the original English, with German subtitles that weren't difficult to ignore: a 1968 film called Vixen!, directed by one Russ Meyer who is apparently a cult filmmaker (I'd never heard either of him or of the film before, but that's not really surprising given my scant knowledge of film history).
The bizarre thing about the film is the mixture of topics in it.
Most of the film is a mildly X-rated story of a seriously oversexed
young woman named Vixen (I bet that incest had rarely looked that much fun
on film before
Anyway, I have no idea why the filmmakers decided to mix
such disparate topics into a single movie, but the result is
delightfully weird and certainly a lot of fun to watch.
Thank you, Arte, for bringing this obscure gem of a movie
to my attention