German producer Regina Ziegler has shepherded 30 of her "Erotic Tales" to tube and screen thus far; newest titillating trio shows series to its best advantage. Cablers not already seduced by this sophisticated latenight fare need look no further for nocturnal frolics.

German producer Regina Ziegler has shepherded 30 of her “Erotic Tales” to tube and screen thus far; newest titillating trio shows series to its best advantage. Cablers not already seduced by this sophisticated latenight fare need look no further for nocturnal frolics.

In Amos Kollek’s “Music,” scruffy New Yorker Matt (Dallas Roberts) plays Bach on an ever-present boom-box to accompany his near-constant erotic fantasies; he finds his dreams coming to life during a Kafkaesque excursion to a fleabag hotel. In “Nr. 23,” erotic sculptor Renee (Sabine Vitua) has just broken one of her favorite creations, but the arrival of hitchhiker Markus (Marc Richter) and the judicious use of a honey jar sets thing, ah, straight. In Jos Stelling’s “The Gallery,” a hapless husband (Gene Bervoets) watches a statuesque beauty (Anouska) strip in a crowded shopping street and decides to respond in kind. Each helmer has already directed at least one entry, so formula of humor, surrealism and, of course, sex is handled with confidence and ease. Third entry is particularly inspired, completing Stelling’s trilogy of public exhibitionism starring hilarious comic popinjay Bervoets; his triptych alone would make a fine DVD.

Erotic Tales

Germany

Production

A Regina Ziegler production. (International sales: Atlas Intl., Munich.) Produced by Tanja Meding, Regina Ziegler. Reviewed at Montreal Film Festival (noncompeting), Aug. 31, 2003. Total running time: 87 MIN. Music
Directed, written by Amos Kollek. NR. 23 or how the honey spoon got between the sheets
Directed, written by Bernd Heiber. The Gallery
Directed, written by Jos Stelling.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Ed Talavera; editor, Jeffrey Marc Harkavy; music, various. English dialogue. Running time: 30 MIN. Music Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Ed Talavera; editor, Jeffrey Marc Harkavy; music, various. English dialogue. Running time: 30 MIN NR. 23 or how the honey spoon got between the sheets
Camera (color, Super 16-to-35mm), Konstantin Kroening; editor, Birgit Gasser; music, various. German dialogue. Running time: 30 MIN. The GalleryCamera (color, Super 16-to-35mm), Geort Giltaij; editor, Bert Rijkelijkhuizen; music, various. No dialogue. Running time: 27 MIN.

With

Music With: Dallas Roberts, Lara Harris, Tara Culp, Victor Argo, Anjelica Torn. NR. 23 or how the honey spoon got between the sheetsDirected, written by Bernd Heiber. Camera (color, Super 16-to-35mm), Konstantin Kroening; editor, Birgit Gasser; music, various. German dialogue. Running time: 30 MIN. With: Sabine Vitua, Marc Richter. The GalleryDirected, written by Jos Stelling. Camera (color, Super 16-to-35mm), Geort Giltaij; editor, Bert Rijkelijkhuizen; music, various. No dialogue. Running time: 27 MIN. With: Gene Bervoets, Anouska.

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