Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)
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Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)
After discovering that her husband is impotent, a young bride (Hedy Lamarr) decides to have an affair with an engineer. The controversial film, which portrayed a naked Lamarr in the throes of sexual passion, was finally released in America in 1940 and is available on a dubbed videocassette.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The symbolism with which Director Gustav Machaty attempts to point up the theme of romantic frustration and ultimate fulfillment rather heightens the confusion on the whole, though there are a few isolated instances when it is strikingly effective."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The movie was made by the Czech Gustav Machaty, who had a particular affinity for erotic subjects told from a woman's standpoint."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a little dull today but it's still interesting from a historical perspective."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It still has its charms, both cinematic and sensual."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Much heralded erotic film (for its time) that made a sexy star of Hedy Lamarr."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Ah, the scandal!"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Unfortunately, the film has aged badly, and today is mainly a curiosity piece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The simple story is told with invention by director Gustav Machaty, who seems especially influenced by the editing techniques of Eisenstein."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It just doesn't live up to its cause celebre rep."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews