1403 NE 50th St. Seattle
Adult Movie Theater Day:
Private Vices, Public Virtues
Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society & Mondo Macabro
Miklós Jancsó / 1975, Italy-Yugoslavia 104min / digital
Celebrate the opposite of Art House Theater Day with this special Adult Movie Theater Day screening!
NEW RESTORATION! Hungary’s Miklós Jancsó (1921-2014) was one of the giants of European art cinema. In the ‘60s he refined a hypnotic, fluid aesthetic of sweeping camera moves, long tracking shots, naked bodies, and spontaneous bursts of song. By the ‘70s, Jancsó moved to Italy and filmed the sexually explicit Private Vices Public Virtues in 1975. In it, the Mayerling incident of 1882 is used as a jumping off point for the abundant bisexual encounters of Prince Rudolf of Austria. A subversive study of human sexuality, not unlike Pasolini’s Salo, the film was a scandal at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival and Jancsó’s reputation never fully recovered. This film, like most of his Italian productions, has long been overlooked, but this new restoration from Mondo Macabro brings this forgotten classic of world cinema back into the spotlight. Special thanks to First Line Films. No one under 18 admitted!