Porn yesterday

Filmmaker spoofs adult-movie industry with retro take on bad shots and awful acting.

Old 97’s alt-country Rhett Miller
Anna Biller pulls double duty as director and movie star as she harpoons '70s soft porn in her tongue-in-cheek sex romp, Viva. Set in 1972 in Southern California, the flick is about a bored suburban housewife, whose free-thinking women's libber of a girlfriend coaxes her to discard her bra and experiment with wife swaps, nudist colonies, lesbianism, sadism, and orgies. Framed in vivid cinematography and deliberately littered with flat dialogue, silly puns, and double entendres, the film still dazzles, its cheesy characters playing against a backdrop of repetitive Muzak. And you thought you were going to stay home and watch Desperate Housewives tonight? Ha! The adventures of Bree, Gaby, and the rest of the gals have nothing on this pornographic parody. The lights go down at 8:45 tonight at the Cleveland Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard. Tickets are $6 to $8. Call 216-421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque.
Sun., June 8, 8:45 p.m., 2008
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