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This film is from the point of view of a cameraman following a young woman through the streets of a city. He chases her down an alley and knocks her over, in a symbolic form of video assault. No dialogue.

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono

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Nicholas D. Knowland Nicholas D. Knowland ... Himself (voice) (as Nic Knowland)
Eva Majlath Eva Majlath ... Herself
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This film is from the point of view of a cameraman following a young woman through the streets of a city. He chases her down an alley and knocks her over, in a symbolic form of video assault. No dialogue.

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Ahead Of Its Time
5 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rape (1969)

** (out of 4)

Eva Majlath is out walking around when a cameraman notices her and then begins to follow her around everywhere.

This experimental film from Yoko Ono and John Lennon is strange to say the least. I'm not going to sit here and say I was entertained by it because it wasn't. There's just nothing interesting enough about this woman to where you'd want to spend seventy-five plus minutes with her. There's nothing good enough about the technical side of the film to where you'd say this here is good filmmaking.

This film is partially interesting simply because it's about thirty- years ahead of its time. In the day of age of reality TV and wannabe stars being followed around by cell phones for YouTube, you can't help but think that this is one of the earliest examples of a reality show. Of course, you'd have to overlook the actuality movies from the 1890s but I think Ono and Lennon were really onto something here.

I'm not exactly sure why they selected this woman for their subject. I'm not sure why they titled the film RAPE, although I'm going to guess it could be seen as their way of saying that they were being assaulted by the non-stop cameras that were constantly stalking them in the streets. Again, this here isn't a well-made movie and it's not all that entertaining but it's mildly interesting for what it is.


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