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Title: The Beauty Strip

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Year: 2014

Genre: Independent / Documentary / Erotic / Experimental

Language: English

Runtime: 58 min

Director: Ginnetta Correli

Writer: Ginnetta Correli


Accompanied with music we're taken into the lives of several women's erotic lifestyles as they are free reveal themselves however they feel secure to.

Our thoughts:
Between "The Earl Sessions" and "Marty's House" I had pretty close-minded idea of where Ginnetta Correli was as a filmmaker. It wasn't in a strictly negative light, I wasn't a fan of the works but there was a clear voice of an underground filmmaker within her. It's rarely a bad thing when a filmmaker goes their own way and simply don't give a shit what is expected from them or what other filmmakers are doing. I'm generally interested in experimental erotica and the likes, but when I heard about "The Beauty Strip" I still pictured something like her previous work. While the voice is there, it's the same style initially, but I found myself a lot more intrigued in the way "The Beauty Strip" was executed and what it seemed to aim for.

You'd struggle to find a story here, even more than in "The Earl Sessions" and "Marty's House". This is more like a music video art piece with a documentary ground. It's a display of sexuality, erotica, lust, exhibitionism, voyeurism and so forth. Several women are opening up in front of the camera, revealing what they see fit about themselves in an erotic manner. Edited into segments with different people in focus, such as Twenty Stars and Fracesca Sanzari, and with loud electronica music playing over them, "The Beauty Strip" flows into a music video-vibe more easily. Behind all that there's a lot more going on than just erotic music videos, as we come close to what many want to keep private. The further we get into it, the less attracting the movie is and the uglier, more real and sincere it feels. It's nice to see something like this from Ginnetta Correli considering how little emotions I got invested in her other work.

Depending on how you decide to look at it, "The Beauty Strip" will probably say little to some and a lot to others. It's an experimental erotic art film and you can get into it for that, but you might be disappointed that way. The underlaying emotions, meanings and fates of the people within the film are all displayed on their faces. That's not to say that everyone in the movie has something more to say, but there were moments where there's an undenying depth.

At times "The Beauty Strip" isn't much more than an experiment in erotica, but there is something more going on here. It's a brutally honest and broad view on beauty, eroticism, sexuality and everything around it which is bound to provoke the most close-minded. It's a movie that you might not be entirely swallowed by, but if you sit down and watch it as it was intended - alone in the dark, with headphones and loud volume (and actually WITHOUT your penis in your hand, if you ask me), then I think you'll see that Ginnetta Correli has brought something more to her work with this one. Her vision and intentions might have been the same, but the work spoke to me with a much different voice. It's exhibitionism and voyeurism without contradicting itself, where it lets its subjects and the audience speak for themselves.

Positive things:
- Strikes me as a stronger work than her previous films.
- If you're a fan of experimental erotic art that isn't always about masturbation, this might interest you.

Negative things:
- Not everyone will agree with me. Hopefully I wasn't reading too much into it.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 4.5/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 3/5

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