Synopsis by Robert Firsching
Greek experimental filmmaker Thanassis Rentzis directed and co-wrote (with Gay Angeli) this seven-part meditation on various perceptions and stereotypes of the human body throughout time. Iconography, representation, distortion, and integration of the images and interpretations presented are intended to form an impressionistic mosaic (each segment is shot in a different style) deconstructing the myriad components of the body through the ages. It's mannered, over-ambitious, and thinks it knows more and means more than it really does. Like any such film, it holds little interest for mainstream audiences, and is unlikely to strike anyone outside pseudo-intellectual members of the arthouse crowd (the real intellectuals won't be fooled a bit) as anything but the work of a pretentious "artiste" with far too much spare time on his hands. This is more like a liberal arts thesis than a documentary, with all the ponderous semiotic bunk and meaningless academic "signifiers" which the term implies. Narrated by Konstantinos Tzoumas.