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EROTISM and ART: Moebius and Lars Von Trier

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Finally I’ve seen Nymphomaniac” by Lars Von Trier (my favourite director with Bernard Bertolucci) thanks to a danish friend!

But now I don’t want to talk about my opinion regarding the movie: NO. I want to talk about  “ how you can watch this movie”, the mindset how to see over. I just saw the movie and inevitably recalled the work of another genius: Henri Gaston Giraud(1938 – 2012), aka Gir, aka Moebius and his ANGEL CLAW.

ANGEL CLAW is a collaboration06%7E44 between Moebius and Jodorowsky.  This is a similar edition to The Eyes of the Cat, but the work this time exploring sexuality, fetishes and psychology.

In a series of highly erotic and frankly kinky fetishistic illustrations which Moebius had been exorcising from his system, Jodorowski spins the complete tale of Angel Claw, a young woman who undergoes her sexual and spiritual initiation. Already in her name one can sense the impossible marriage of violence and tenderness, of flesh and spirit, of beast and beauty.

Moebius’ genius is for the first time harnessed to the service of unabashed lust and lasciviousness.The few preview pages that were shown looked incredibly lush, if somewhat explicit (one showed a naked woman suspended from the ceiling by hooks through her nipples).

Each Lars Von Trier’s  movie I didn’t see only as provocation. Obviously in this case the argument is hard, but I think this is just the first level of interpretation. I saw always his movie like how his desire to investigate the contradictions of the human being and  where human weaknesses can lead (Dancer in The Dark, Dogville, The Idiots).

If you try to understand his message from this point of view, you can’t see the provocation, because Nymphomaniac is not a porn movie, It’s not a film that wants to excite but  rejects the moral question. Anyway the movie is a work of art that can please or irritate, provoke and move.

At the same time if you think about Moebius’s Work on ANGEL CLAW, why would we have scandalized? There is no reason.

For that I just say you to see the movie without prejudices. In Denmark , 14 year old boys and girls have seen Nymphomaniac quietly! In Italy we know is impossible but you can try!

Then about my remarks above  I have seen a lot of similarities between the work of Moebius and Lars Von Trier.

Now I show you some pictures from this Masterpiece that is ANGEL CLAW. Nowadays this book has become difficult to find. The pictures in this book are very strong and aggressive and I will put what they seem less explicit.

© Moebius- Angel Claw

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