Venus in Fur: The Film

VnFdi“Nipsters,” our loyal Nipple Monkey readers, know that we have a certain fondness for erotic cinema. We shared our delight in Blue is the Warmest Color and our fascination with Nymphomaniac and Kink. So when I saw the trailer (below) for Roman Polanski’s film adaptation of David Ives play, Venus in Fur, I knew I had to support that kind of film making – even if the director is an admitted child molester (come on, you love Annie Hall even though that was made by a child molester as well).

The play and film draw on the novel Venus in Furs, written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch in 1870. For those unfamiliar with Leo, he was an Austrian writer and a very naughty boy. Not only is much of the book based on his own life experience as a slave to a Mistress, but the term Masochism was derived from his last name. Naughty indeed!

Ives’ play and Polanski’s film are about a playwright who has adapted that novel and is auditioning actresses to play the lead. The film has a lot of energy and is packed with a number of twists, yet it not only entertains but also raises a number of questions about love, sex, and relationships. In particular, it raises some thought-provoking questions about the nature of BDSM relationships. Anyone who likes theirs with a little kink (and if you don’t, you’re probably not reading this) will definitely enjoy the film.