Conspirators of Pleasure

NR, 83 min. Directed by Michael Dinner. Starring Michael Sandoval, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jennifer Tilly, Seymour Cassel, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Hedaya, Burt Reynolds.

Not reviewed at press time. This 1996 film by the Czech director and madman Jan Svankmajer (Faust), who is better known for his animation, is a mostly live-action and mostly silent exploration of the secret erotic fantasies of some ordinary Prague citizens. Belatedly slipping into Austin as a midnighter, Conspirators of Pleasure is already out on video and DVD. However, the opportunity to see six actors used as cartoon characters who accumulate strange objects for use in weird autoerotic rites sounds like an experience best appreciated on the big screen, surrounded by others in the dark.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Michael Dinner Films
The Crew
Galling as it must've been to get aced out in the Grizzled Former (Fill-in-the-Blanks) Regain Their Mojo sweepstakes, director Mike Dinner and company can't plausibly ...

Russell Smith, Sept. 1, 2000

Heaven Help Us
Catholic boys school, circa 1965. ...

Aug. 6, 2020

More by Marjorie Baumgarten
The Last Tree
British migrant coming-of-age drama empathetically explores what it is to belong

July 17, 2020

The Truth
Binoche and Deneuve clash exquisitely as mère et fille

July 3, 2020


Conspirators of Pleasure, Michael Dinner, Michael Sandoval, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jennifer Tilly, Seymour Cassel, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Hedaya, Burt Reynolds

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle