Somewhere between travelogue and soft-core porn, Neil St. Clair's "Eve" plunks down a scantily-clad or unclad Miss Norway in the midst of sumptuous scenery to record the Dawn of Man (or, rather, Woman), thereby uniting two schools of calendar art. Pic's pretensions are matched only by its naivete.

Somewhere between travelogue and soft-core porn, Neil St. Clair’s “Eve” plunks down a scantily-clad or unclad Miss Norway in the midst of sumptuous scenery to record the Dawn of Man (or, rather, Woman), thereby uniting two schools of calendar art. Eschewing plot and dialogue for relentless new age music and reverent quotes from Byron, Shelley and Mother Teresa, pic’s pretensions are matched only by its naivete. Despite breathtaking landscapes, it’s hard to imagine a venue for this venture since its widescreen format rules out IMAX and Cinerama is dead.

Paul Tolton’s camera roves lovingly over the curves and textures of Eve’s oiled body and similarly over shapely sandstone formations of the American Southwest, often superimposing the two. Kitschy nature meditations find Eve (Inger Ebeltoft) running breathlessly along the shore, appearing and disappearing over white sand dunes, feeling up trees in rainforests, and exploring her sensuality with various Adams in every conceivable body of water, from mud pots to tropical lagoons. Far more expertly photographed than the “nature” films that often passed for porn in the ’50s, pic aspires aesthetically to the glossy commercial sheen of a beach-set Herb Ritts rock video.

Eve

Canada

Production

A Cinemavault Releasing presentation of an Earthworks production. Produced by Tim Dutaud, Neil St. Clair. Executive producers, Richard Cutaia, Fred Dalley, Jim McGovern, Gar Mitchell, St. Clair. Directed, written by Neil St. Clair.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Paul Tolton; editor, Calvin Grant; music, Rob Plowman, Donald Quan; production designer, Roy Kellar. Reviewed at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (American Independents), Nov. 7, 2002. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Inger Ebeltoft, Matt Scarborough.
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