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JUNE 17, 2008

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WEB VIDEO: Green Porno


How crazy does a project have to be to qualify as the craziest thing that Isabella Rossellini (of Blue Velvet, after all) has ever participated in? How about a series of short Web videos in which Rossellini passionately acts out the means by which different insects reproduce?

Her Green Porno movies (which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) are more like R-rated episodes of Sesame Street than the educational films you remember from eighth-grade science class. In each short, Rossellini dresses up as, say, a spider or a dragonfly and describes, through frenzied movement and her impeccable Italian accent, the sex life of that invertebrate: One video finds her demonstrating how an earthworm copulates with its hermaphroditic mate; in another, she’s lamenting the tragic post-coital death of the male bee. At its prurient heart, there’s nothing actually dirty about Rossellini’s Green Porno, though hearing her enunciate some familiar clinical words made us giggle a bit.

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