"Of Freaks and Men"

Pro urodov i lyudej (1998), known in English as Of Freaks and Men, is not a film easily compared to anything else. The tale takes place in turn of the century Victorian St. Petersburg. A widowed engineer and his beautiful daughter live happily with a maid, whose brother is part of a pornography ring that takes pictures of young girls being beaten. Among the girls is the Engineers daughter, played by Dinara Drukarova. Across town, we have a doctor, who lives with his blind wife and the Siamese twin boys they adopted, and a rather outgoing maid. The photographer of the porno ring is in love with Drukarova, but the head pornographer also wants her. The porn folks worm their way into both households until the Engineer and the doctor are both dead, the head pornographer is living with Drukarova, they have taken the Siamese twins to exploit, and they are using the blind mother, played by Lika Nevolina. The photographer gets excited about the new Kinegraph, or primitive movie camera!

The film is shot, beautifully, in sepia tone, to match the period. The nudity includes full frontal from Drukarova and Nevolina in spanking scenes, and a single breast from the maid, Tatiana Polonskiai, when she exposes herself to the twins. There are numerous other oddities in the film, and the ending is strange and somewhat unexpected. IMDB readers have this at 7.1 of 10. Reviews and comments can be easily divided into three types. Some find it full of symbolism and deep meaning, as any proper art film should be. Others find it a beautifully photographed series of somewhat disturbing images. Then there is the "this is child porn, and all you pedophiles who go to see this will burn in hell forever" type. I tend to side with the second group, I saw nothing profound or deeply symbolic, but loved the camera work, and found the odd story just strange enough to hold my attention. C+

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  • Dinara Drukarova (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27)
  • Lika Nevolina (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
  • Tatiana Polonskaia (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Lost in Translation (2003)

    Every once in a while, the critics seem to be infused with a form of mass delusion about one film or another. They focused their 2003 delusions on Lost in Translation, which is one of the best reviewed and most awarded films of the year.

    I don't want you to misunderstand me. I liked Lost in Translation, and I was able to relate to it on a very deep personal level. To a great extent, it is my life story, or at least a decade of it. It rendered the details quite accurately. Only one problem. My life hasn't been all that lively, and neither is this film, which proceeds at a languid pace, and takes a helluva long time to get any rhythm established.

    Here is the long version of my comments.

    The short version: I can certainly see why a lot of people liked this film, because I liked it. But I'll be damned if I can see why anyone wants to name it as their film of the year.

    Here is how the 2003 films stand on IMDb at this moment. Some of the possible award contenders, films like Monster and Cold Mountain, have not yet received enough votes to qualify.

    Title Rating
    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) 9.1
    Finding Nemo (2003) 8.3
    Station Agent, The (2003) 8.2
    Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 8.2
    Lost in Translation (2003) 8.2
    American Splendor (2003) 8.1
    Mystic River (2003) 8.1
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 8.0
    21 Grams (2003) 7.9
    Capturing the Friedmans (2003) 7.9
    X2 (2003) 7.9
    Last Samurai, The (2003) 7.9



    • Scarlett Johansson. The film begins with the camera on her buns, in semi-transparent panties. Unfortunately, that is the full extent of the film's nudity.


    Monster (2003)




    • Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated.


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    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    "Family of Cops" (1995) (TV)
    Lightweight cop drama starring the late Charles Bronson. No nudity. Angela Featherstone plays his daughter.

    "Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II" (1997) (TV)
    The sequel, and still no nudity.

    "A Strange Affair" (1996) (TV)

    Lightweight drama aka "A Husband, a Wife and a Lover" starring a frumpy Judith Light from the Who's da Boss? tv series. No nudity.

    'Caps and comments by PAL:

    Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and a peaceful and successful New Year!

    Here is my last contribution for 2003, featuring a few re-dos as well as some new 'caps.

    • Lynne Adams and Annie Dufresne in " Silent Hunter" (recaps). Adams is topless and Dufresne shows all.

    • Canadian actress A.J. Cook shows some wet-clothing-semi-see-thru/pokies in scenes from "Ripper".

    • Hanna Schygulla shows brief breast views in scenes from the 1971 German western, "Whity".

    • Also from 1971, Francesca Tu topless in "The Hunting Party".

    Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie The dynamic duo getting just a little more overexposure by posing for a magazine.

    Lauren Hays in "Hotel Erotica"
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

    Lauren Hays in "Thrills"
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Crimson Ghost 'caps of my all time favorite Skinemax babe, Lauren Hays.

    For those who may not be familiar with Ms Hays, Her filmography reads like the ultimate in late night programming. She's starred in several late night series including "Hotel Erotica", "Thrills", "Passion Cove", "Beverly Hills Bordello", "Erotic Confessions" plus her movies: "Babewatch Girls On Girls", "Womb Raider", "Crime & Passion", "Stripper Wives", "Web of Seduction", "Club Wild Side" and "The Great Bikini Off-Road Adventure" just to name a few.

    Not only does she have a nearly perfect body that she frequnetly shows off completely (like in today's 'caps), but she can actually act too. Plus, outside of the softcore world, she has a pretty busy career hosting a radio show, doing voiceover work and even releasing a country music CD.

    For her fans...Click here to see her IMDb filmography and Click here to visit her official website.

    Sophie Marceau
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the French mega-star baring breasts, bum and bush in scenes from the 1989 movie "Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours" aka "My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days".