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Documentary on beastiality premieres at Sundance Film Festival
Sun sentinel ^ | January 21 2007, 6:39 PM EST | Kenneth Turan

Posted on 01/22/2007 6:20:46 AM PST by Esther Ruth

Documentary on beastiality premieres at Sundance Film Festival

By Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times Posted January 21 2007, 6:39 PM EST

PARK CITY, Utah -- "Zoo" is a documentary about what director Robinson Devor accurately characterizes as "the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible." But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted.

"Zoo," premiering before a rapt audience Saturday night at Sundance, manages to be a poetic film about a forbidden subject, a perfect marriage between a cool and contemplative director (the little-seen "Police Beat") and potentially incendiary subject matter: sex between men and animals. Not graphic in the least, this strange and strangely beautiful film combines audio interviews (two of the three men involved did not want to appear on camera) with elegiac visual re-creations intended to conjure up the mood and spirit of situations. The director himself puts it best: "I aestheticized the sleaze right out of it."

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: beastiality; bestiality; celebrateperversity; culturewar; episcopalchurch; homosexualagenda; liberalagenda; moralabsolutes; sexpositiveagenda; sundance; zoo
Though "Zoo" is intent on allowing these men to be heard, Devor's intention was not polemical. "I'm not in there wrestling with the legal or animal cruelty issues," he said. Rather, he envisioned a film like his others: "I count on the natural world pulling my films through. I thought the marriage of this completely strange mind-set and the beauty of the natural world could be something interesting."
1 posted on 01/22/2007 6:20:48 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Esther Ruth

We are beyond the slippery slope and now are at rock bottom.


2 posted on 01/22/2007 6:21:33 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Esther Ruth

In the end, Devor ended up agreeing with the Roman writer Terence, who said "I consider nothing human alien to me."

"It happens," the filmmaker said, "so it's part of who we are."


3 posted on 01/22/2007 6:23:30 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Esther Ruth
"I aestheticized the sleaze right out of it."

Not exactly something to be proud of. I suppose if you desired you could make a movie that would make Saddam look good. Oh wait, the Democrats already do that.

4 posted on 01/22/2007 6:24:24 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Esther Ruth

Were Butch and Sundance both having sex with animals? I thought one of them had a girlfriend.


5 posted on 01/22/2007 6:25:12 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Esther Ruth
It's the sequel to "Brokeback Mountain"


6 posted on 01/22/2007 6:27:45 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Esther Ruth
In the end, Devor ended up agreeing with the Roman writer Terence, who said "I consider nothing human alien to me."

"It happens," the filmmaker said, "so it's part of who we are."

Oh, barf. Speak for yourself, ya loon.

7 posted on 01/22/2007 6:28:49 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: Always Right

I am sure they take great pride in their work and power to turn the hearts and minds of once good people around in their direction.


James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

2Thes 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;


8 posted on 01/22/2007 6:33:59 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Always Right
I'm sorry to have posted the other thread moments ago. I just found Robert Redford dealing with this at his film festival was pretty gross ...... especially eight years after his beautiful movie, “ Horse Whisperer”.
9 posted on 01/22/2007 6:34:25 AM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest)
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To: Esther Ruth

The only thing I could think of after I read this article was: Why?


10 posted on 01/22/2007 6:34:50 AM PST by edpc (The pen is mightier than the sword......until you fight someone.)
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To: AnnaZ

There's gotta be something foul in the west coast water.


11 posted on 01/22/2007 6:35:09 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Esther Ruth

[cue Nine Inch Nails-"Closer"...or even better, Nine Inch Richards' parody "Closer to Hogs"]


12 posted on 01/22/2007 6:36:57 AM PST by RichInOC ("Lovin' ewe is easy 'cause you're beautiful...makin' love with ewe is all I want to do...")
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To: Esther Ruth
...with elegiac visual re-creations intended to conjure up the mood and spirit of situations.

The mood and spirit of sex between a man and a stallion?

13 posted on 01/22/2007 6:39:00 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Esther Ruth
I thought the marriage of this completely strange mind-set and the beauty of the natural world could be something interesting

Wonder why he used to term 'marriage' instead of 'juxtaposition'?

14 posted on 01/22/2007 6:40:39 AM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: RichInOC
I'll stay with a beautiful hymn of Hope instead thank you! Let the sound of this fast falling world fade away.


Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
still all my song shall be,
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
yet in my dreams I'd be
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given;
angels to beckon me
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise,
out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise;
so by my woes to be
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly,
still all my song shall be,
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
15 posted on 01/22/2007 6:43:26 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Esther Ruth
"beastiality"
Years ago, when the Chicago Stockyards was on its last legs, there was one 'kid' (Frankie) in the neighborhood who would go there to screw the Sheep.

Needless to say he was treated as a pariah - taunted, mocked, and called very name in the book (pervert, deviate) when he was seen on the streets. He was also a junkie (speed freak) and died of an O.D. when he was about 16 - and nobody cared. 'Good riddance' was the usual response.

16 posted on 01/22/2007 6:43:27 AM PST by Condor51 (The demoncRATs don't want another 'Vietnam' - they want another Dien Bien Phu.)
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To: beyond the sea

No reason to be sorry, you posted just a few minutes later. I just fail to see why the mods pulled this same thread last night. The forum is getting more PC by the minute.


17 posted on 01/22/2007 6:43:51 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Esther Ruth

"A lot of people looked at me as if I was an exploitative person, dredging up something for profit, and that bothered me. I was certainly asked many times, often with a wrinkled brow, 'Why are you making this film?' It was something I did resent; I thought artists had the opportunity to explore anything."

Beautiful. I'm glad this guy explained that the movie is simply "art", so apparently its no big deal.

Perhaps next time he can explore pedophilia without making any moral judgments.


18 posted on 01/22/2007 6:46:11 AM PST by Roberts
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To: kanawa
I thought the marriage of this completely strange mind-set and the beauty of the natural world could be something interesting

Wonder why he used to term 'marriage' instead of 'juxtaposition'?

You didn't think they were having sex out of wedlock, did you?


19 posted on 01/22/2007 6:47:27 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Bringbackthedraft
"There's gotta be something foul in the west coast water."
I have to agree!
20 posted on 01/22/2007 6:51:19 AM PST by hypatia
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To: Polybius

21 posted on 01/22/2007 6:51:51 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Esther Ruth

22 posted on 01/22/2007 6:52:52 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Esther Ruth

I don't blame you at all.


23 posted on 01/22/2007 6:55:52 AM PST by RichInOC (Eat animals-don't love them. At least not in that way.)
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To: Esther Ruth
with elegiac visual re-creations intended to conjure up the mood and spirit of situations

It is precisely those "situations" that I care not to visualize.
24 posted on 01/22/2007 7:16:45 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

It's not surprising that the Sundance audience was able to conjur up the imagery in their minds.


25 posted on 01/22/2007 7:29:54 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Funny, this story was inappropriate to post last night and got pulled, but today it seems OK.


26 posted on 01/22/2007 7:48:46 AM PST by Always Right
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To: darkwing104

It certainly gives clarity to the occupation of those Brokeback guys: Sheepherders (cowboys, horse whisperers, lion tamers, etc.)


27 posted on 01/22/2007 7:53:32 AM PST by zerosix
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To: beyond the sea
I just found Robert Redford dealing with this at his film festival was pretty gross ...... especially eight years after his beautiful movie, “ Horse Whisperer”.

Maybe for Mr Redford it all started with a whisper...

28 posted on 01/22/2007 8:22:23 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: Esther Ruth
And where is PETA?????????

*crickets*

Sleaze is sleaze - aestheticized or not.

29 posted on 01/22/2007 8:23:02 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: Esther Ruth
The working title was "Hillary and Bill: the Early Years"
30 posted on 01/22/2007 8:23:20 AM PST by nctexan
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To: Esther Ruth

SHEEPY: "Where is that Mr. Redford...I'm ready for my scene now."

31 posted on 01/22/2007 8:25:10 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: Esther Ruth

"an elegant, eerily lyrical film"


Somehow I doubt it.


32 posted on 01/22/2007 8:28:53 AM PST by kalee (No burka for me....EVER!)
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To: frogjerk
Maybe for Mr Redford it all started with a whisper...

ROFL!

I must say that I do rely on FR for the humor in my life.

;-)

33 posted on 01/22/2007 9:05:27 AM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest)
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To: Esther Ruth

Where is PETA's outrage?


34 posted on 01/22/2007 9:50:10 AM PST by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada! (Steve's won my vote in the meantime))
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

You beat me to it! I guess Peta doesn't mind a fella wearing animal skin in this manner (ew).

Someone posted this was "rock bottom", but I have to say it's what you'd find under the rock instead.


35 posted on 01/22/2007 9:52:27 AM PST by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada! (Steve's won my vote in the meantime))
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To: beyond the sea
I just found Robert Redford dealing with this at his film festival was pretty gross ...... especially eight years after his beautiful movie, “ Horse Whisperer”.

Hoo-weee! What was dat horse sayin'?

36 posted on 01/22/2007 9:56:50 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Esther Ruth
"Zoo" is a documentary about what director Robinson Devor accurately characterizes as "the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible."

Incest and intergenerational affairs are also taboo and more likely to remain so than bestiality. Zoophilia is legal in many states so long as it occurs where no one can see it. Not so the other pairings.

The Sex Positive agenda seeks to end all moral judgements against ALL sexual pairings regardless of sex, age, relation, marital status, number, or species of partner, Santorum was correct about defining deviancy downward.

37 posted on 01/22/2007 11:12:26 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: Bernard Marx

Whisper sweet nothin's in that horse's ear and find out.


38 posted on 01/22/2007 11:13:06 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: Always Right
Just when you think we've reached the bottom....they keep digging.

It's only a matter of time before Vermont starts issuing the marriage licenses.

39 posted on 01/22/2007 11:17:58 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: Esther Ruth
It's supposedly a documentary. I don't know if that means it would show the downside or just the perspective of those involved in Seattle.

This isn't the first time sex with animals has been in a feature film. I vaguely recall there was a sheep oral sex scene in "Revenge of the Nerds" (or similar film) and, more recently, I heard a Jim Carrey character was involved in on-screen bestiality.

40 posted on 01/22/2007 11:38:38 AM PST by newzjunkey (Social Security & Mexico: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1762624/post)
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To: weegee

I happened to think of a few more fiction examples that edge into the Zoo realm. In the 1980's "V" the miniseries, a lizard alien (appearing as a human) impregnates a human female. Star Trek has featured cross-species relationships and resulting children starting with Mr. Spock.


41 posted on 01/22/2007 11:42:53 AM PST by newzjunkey (Social Security & Mexico: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1762624/post)
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To: Esther Ruth

Heather may have two mommies, but Suzie has a father and a goat.


42 posted on 01/22/2007 12:00:52 PM PST by Always Right
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To: newzjunkey

Don't forget Bachelor Party.


43 posted on 01/22/2007 12:58:13 PM PST by KeyesPlease
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To: Esther Ruth

Sex with animals, can be fatal. Do you remember the man in WA who had sex with a horse last year and he died from it? And then he had to stand before God and explain to Him how he died. LOL!


44 posted on 01/22/2007 1:03:30 PM PST by NRA2BFree
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To: newzjunkey

Genesis 19:15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; LEST THOU BE CONSUMED in the iniquity of the city!

Gen 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE; LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE, neither stay thou in all the plain; ESCAPE to the mountain, LEST THOU BE CONSUMED!


Proverbs 6:27-28 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?


45 posted on 01/22/2007 3:36:44 PM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: darkwing104; edpc; PBRSTREETGANG; frogjerk; Esther Ruth
It's the sequel to "Brokeback Mountain"

How do you get to “elegant and eerily lyrical” and “strangely beautiful” from doing the bone dance with Mr. Sphincter?

Devor called it "a difficult film and a difficult film to make." — how about an unnecessary film?

46 posted on 01/23/2007 4:22:20 AM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest)
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