Thursday, March 11, 2021

Hedy Lamarr / Ecstasy

Hedy Lamar

Ekstase (1933)

Director: Gustav Machatý
Writers: Robert Horky (book), Frantisek Horký (screenplay)
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog, Zvonimir Rogoz
Music by Giuseppe Becce
Cinematography by Hans Androschin, Gerhard Huttula, Jan Stallich

Ecstasy was highly controversial in its time because of scenes 
in which Lamarr  swims in the nude and runs 
through the countryside naked.
It is also perhaps the first non-pornographic movie 
to portray sexual intercourse and female orgasm.
The erotic close-ups of Hedy Lamarr's face in the throes of passion were aided, 
she says, by the director unexpectedly jabbing her in the derriere
with a pin in order to get the desired expressions on her face.
Hedy Lamarr lied about her age when she auditioned for the film. 
She was, in fact, only 17.

“I regret to have to advise you that we cannot approve your 
production Ecstasy that you submitted for our examination 
yesterday for the reason that is our considered unanimous 
judgment that the picture is definitely and specifically 
in violation of the Production Code. 
This violation is suggested by the basic story…
in that it is a story of illicit love 
and frustrated sex, treated in detail without 
sufficient compensating moral values…”

Joseph Breen, Hays Office in 1936 regarding the film ‘Ecstasy’

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