Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 20th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1969
Director: Tinto Brass
Writers: Tinto Brass, Gian Carlo Fusco, Franco Longo
Cast: Anita Sanders, Terry Carter, Nino Segurini, Umberto Di Grazia, Tinto Brass, Freedom (Bobby Harrison, Mike Lease, Ray Royer, Steve Shirley)
DVD released: September 29th, 2009
Approximate running time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Attraction was co-written and directed by Tinto Brass, whose other notable films include Deadly Sweet, The Howl, Salon Kitty and The Key. Tinto Brass also has a brief cameo in the film as a Gynecologist who Barbra visits. After working with Tinto Brass on Deadly Sweet, cinematographer Silvano Ippoliti would return as the cinematographer of Attraction (his second of thirteen collaborations with Tinto Brass). The score for Attraction was composed by Freedom a British rock band that was formed by Ray Royer and Bobby Harrison, two former members of Procol Harum. Their psychedelic songs fuse perfectly with bizarre visual landscapes that director Tinto Brass weaves throughout. When released in the U.S. by Auduban Films, Attraction was released under the title The Artful Penetration of Barbara.
The film starts off with a young woman named Barbra whose husband Paolo has just dropped her off at a park. The film evolves after this scene into a series of fantasies and music video like sequences which convey Barbra’s inner most thoughts and desires. Along the way she encounter an African American man who helps her unleash her utmost hidden desires. The narrative briefly explores how Barbra’s husband Paolo is not as adventurous as her and fails to recognize her need for voyeurism. The film tends to lean more towards a visual experiment with its rapid fire edits, use of footage from elsewhere like people exorcising, a razor blade slashing a woman’s eye, images from wars and the holocaust and comic book style frames like Tinto Brass had previously used in Deadly Sweet. All of these things are interspersed with the world as seen through the eyes of the married woman who is at the forefront of this most unusual sexual journey. Despite these shortcomings in the films narrative structure, the overall flow of what is happening on the screen is easy enough to follow.
Cult Epics presents Attraction in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. For this release this transfer has been sourced from a 16mm print. Outside of a few instances like the scrolling opening credits and end titles the image never looks overly cropped. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The source used for this transfer looks very good as print damage is minimal, colors, flesh tones, contrast and black levels fare well all around.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean and clear throughout. There are no problems with background noise or any other audio defects like audio drop outs.
Extras for this release include trailers for Deadly Sweet and Attraction (under the title “The Artful Penetration of Barbara”) and a lobby card gallery with eleven images. Overall Attraction gets a solid audio / video presentation from Cult Epics, that makes up for the lack of extra content.