Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Treasures of Youtube: Green Porno


I posted a piece a few days ago about Drunk History and Yacht Rock (which is clearly destined to take its place beside Spy Rock and Fantasy Rock in the triumvirate), but there was a third set of web videos my friends and I discussed this weekend which I had forgotten about until now.

Green Porno is a series of short films from the Sundance Channel starring Isabella Rossellini. Rossellini also directs (together with Jody Shapiro) and produces (together with Shapiro and Rick Gilbert, one of the production designers). Each of episodes tells the uncensored story of the sex life of a particular species of creep crawly.

Isabella Rossellini, of course, is the beautiful daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (who starred in Casablanca ) and Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, and she's been famous for her out-there, avant-garde work ever since she starred in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. In behind-the-scenes interviews, Rossellini says that she always wanted to produce and direct but that the ideas she came up with would always be too short for cinema or television. She teamed up with the Sundance Channel which was interested in developing films made for the "third screen" (computers and portable devices) – clearly an expanding medium and one which naturally lends itself to shorter works. When Sundance suggested that in order to be successful these films would need to be attention grabbing, the first subject that came to Rossellini's mind was – naturally – sex. And that's how Green Porno was born!

Words I might use to describe these videos would include educational, artistic, childlike, erotic – but you really need to just watch them to understand. Their most characteristic elements are the poetic narration delivered in Rossellini's mellifluous voice, as well as the stylised papier-mâché costumes and props in cartoon colors which lend the films a sort of children's theatre feel.

Here's the episode on the earthworm:


You can see all the rest of the episodes on the Green Porno website. Let's hope they keep making more of these!

Image taken from Sundance Channel Green Porno site.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

Dude, that's pretty dang cool. I keep meaning to watch her movie 'The Saddest Music in the World' but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Meeg said...

Thanks, man, I thought so too. I am the same way with the Saddest Music: I haven't seen it yet but I want too.

nola32 said...

i've always wanted to see that but i actually heard that it was really bad. very long and drawn out and disappointing.
i do love these green porno things though.
am i the only one who thinks that isabella is seriously the ONLY person in the whole world who could get away with doing this and not seem like she needs to be locked away?

Meeg said...

I totally agree that no one else could pull these off the way she does. I was just watching some of them again actually and I think her accent sets the tone perfectly.