Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)
Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love) (1933)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2002
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie was made by the Czech Gustav Machaty, who had a particular affinity for erotic subjects told from a woman's standpoint.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a little dull today but it's still interesting from a historical perspective.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It still has its charms, both cinematic and sensual.

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Steve Crum

Much heralded erotic film (for its time) that made a sexy star of Hedy Lamarr.

Christopher Null

Ah, the scandal!

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Unfortunately, the film has aged badly, and today is mainly a curiosity piece.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The simple story is told with invention by director Gustav Machaty, who seems especially influenced by the editing techniques of Eisenstein.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It just doesn't live up to its cause celebre rep.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is one of those early talkies that didn't take advantage of the fact that they could now have the characters engage in interesting, lengthy, and… More
Randy Tippy
Scandalous for it's time, <i>Ecstasy</i> is somewhat of a 'bridge' film. It ties together the silent film era with that of talkies,… More
Cindy I
Only worth watching to see a very young Hedy Lamarr swimming and running through the forest nude. Otherwise pretty dull.