In the basement

In the basement

DVD - 2016 | German
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The documentary explores the dark underside of the human psyche with a look at basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes. No desire or proclivity is off limits to Seidl's camera, which takes in an opera-singing gunslinger, a Hitler-loving brass band, a hunter of exotic species and the passionate devotees of S&M with an equal measure of curiosity and compassion.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing, c2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 15, 2017

When it comes to "In The Basement" - If Austrian director, Ulrich Seidl was actually trying to prove to the viewer that his fellow citizens were, indeed, all a bunch of imbeciles, then, yes, he certainly achieved his desired goal, commendably.

I mean, had even one of these certified kooks been shown doing something inspiring, or interesting, or worth remembering down in their basements, then I wouldn't have formed such a negative perspective of Austrian people, as a whole, while watching this documentary.

But Seidl sure put these people in an unfavourable and dislikable light.

And, on top of that - I can't believe that these apparently "regular citizens" actually agreed to expose their stupid side to the general public, as they did..... Like, if their neighbours didn't already know about the nonsense that went on in these peoples' basements - Well - They certainly do now.

To be honest here - Since this wasn't a "hidden camera" production, and since these people knew that all this "odd" activity of theirs was being filmed - I think that, for the most part, all of this quirkiness was, in fact, pretty much staged for effect and overall shock-value.

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Monolith
Feb 02, 2016

This documentary induced a very peculiar feeling of voyeurism -- i.e., being a fly on basement wall(s), surreptitiously watching: a woman coddling lifelike rubber newborn baby dolls... alcoholic Nazi horn players.... creepy sexual deviants... catatonic women standing like mannequins next to their washing machines... I wonder what possessed the filmmaker to make this, and where he found the candidates to participate.

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