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Quote from: Samm DeighanI initially watched Through the Looking Glass with the expectation that it was a loose sequel to Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Comedy (1976), because Through the Looking-Glass was Lewis Carroll's follow up to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. That could not be farther from the truth. Where Alice is a silly, sexploitation musical comedy about Alice's sexual awakening and does not take itself seriously in the least, Through the Looking Glass is a surreal, horror-porn with ghosts, demons, incest, sexual trauma, and images of hell.
Quote from: Letterboxd user CliffIf you've ever wished that pornography had better stories, Through the Looking Glass might make you think again. Because this is one nightmarish fuckfest, concerning unhappily married Catherine, who sneaks off into her boudoir in the attic where a mirror makes all her best and worst fantasies come true. The film has four jaw-dropping set-pieces. [...] What this lacks in wank material, it more than makes up for in transgressive, disturbing weirdo horror.
Quote from: Letterboxd user BerryOf all the staples in the Golden Age of Porn, the most fascinating were always the works that put artistry before the erotic. Jonas Middleton made an adult film, but the porn aspect is probably all lost because Through the Looking Glass is an all-out horror film. A smoky, shadow-painted collection of eerie fantasies, exploring the dark sides of sex, going as far as addressing incestuous abuse and generational trauma. One could only wonder if the film was advertised as titillating. The reactions from an unsuspecting audience being treated to something that featured a scene pulled straight from Pasolini's Trilogy of Life would be priceless.
Quote from: Nick'Through The Looking Glass' also has the distinction of being one of the few hardcore films to be re-edited for mainstream release. It screened at New York's World Theater, the same cinema where 'Deep Throat' had its premiere....the film dives headlong into Catherine's damaged state of mind. There are several scenes depicting any number of sexual hang-ups, most of which are staged as brazenly disturbing and not the least bit arousing. After all, this is a film using sex to depict the deep emotional scars of incest. Nothing herein is depicted as straight copulation as much as it seems like the sex is consuming Catherine, causing her to turn inward, like a snake eating its own tail, a kind psychological cannibalism.The ending is not positive, bordering on nihilistic, as Catherine gives into her fantasies and enters the looking glass with her "father." She emerges on the other side in a carnal wasteland, doomed to degradation and sexual ravishing with no pleasure and no reprieve. Worst of all, the closing scenes depict Catherine's maligned daughter posing in front of the very same mirror, suggesting that the cycle of incest will continue.A horror film, through and through.His [Jonas Middleton's] work in 'Through The Looking Glass' feels like a distant cousin to the works of Alejandro Jodorowsky or Federico Fellini and one or both of those auteurs undoubtedly inform the experience.
Quote from: Ian JaneIt was supposed to be released but it never happened. There was an issue with the HD scan that was prepared and I don't know if it was ever redone or not. It would look amazing in HD.The odd things is, I know first hand from being there, that he's got scans done for a bunch of titles. He was planning, at one point, to do a bunch of double feature releases on Blu-ray without any extras, just to start getting the finished titles out there. Why it hasn't happened I don't know, I haven 't talked to him in a while. It's probably just a matter of essentially being a one man show and not having enough hours in the day.
QuoteIt's probably just a matter of essentially being a one man show and not having enough hours in the day.
Quote"Today, Jonas is proud of his artistic achievement but (and there's always a 'but') why did it have to contain hardcore sex? You see, Jonas Middleton is a man of religious conviction, and God has never been far away from his life and his work. A church group was even responsible for the funding of his sex films. And so it can't be easy to feel proud and perhaps uncomfortable at the same time. In fact, he feels he's been paying the price for making adult movies ever since the 1970s."
Quote from: jenkins on March 28, 2020, 01:45:35 PMRecent underground film movements such as Remodernist film share the sensibility of slow or contemplative cinema. Examples include The Turin Horse by Béla Tarr, the works of Fred Kelemen, Sleep Has Her House by Scott Barley and The Earth Still Moves by Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez.