I knew I wanted to watch SIN the minute I laid eyes on the cover art. The image on the cover depicts a nude woman in flames who is trying to open a door, presumably to something like a coffin. I took this metaphorically, as we as human beings are all burning with flames of desire to sin, with only death as our escape. I love the imagery the artwork conveys; it is both poetic and beautiful.
The same can be said for the film. SIN is magnificent, and it’s probably not like anything you’ve seen before. Surreal and daring, it is a vivid and controversial homage to the black-and-white silent films from almost a century ago.
If you are not familiar with SIN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Cult Epics:
From the Director of PIG and BETTIE PAGE DARK ANGEL comes the erotic, surreal, controversial film SIN. Three episodes, staged in the 1920-1940s, where each story tells the duality of a female protagonist; the belly/frolic dancer (with Angelita Franco of Tinto Brass Kick the Cock), the sculpture model versus the nun (with Caroline Pierce), the legless aristocrat and the nurse (with Dahlia Dark).
Inspired by early 19th century vintage erotica and surrealistic filmmaking, Nico B’s exploration and discovery of the subliminal curse of destiny we call SIN. Super 8 silent film with a soundtrack by Claude Debussy. BD/DVD Combo Limited Edition features original Artwork and Booklet with Storyboards by artist Brian M. Viveros.
As mentioned in the description, SIN is actually three films in one. Although there’s no overarching plot, the all-encompassing concept of “sin” is presented in some of its rawest forms with this trilogy of shorts. And although the movie is not long (clocking in around 30 minutes in length), it still packs a punch.
SIN is shot very well and looks just like old, vintage erotica from the turn of the century. I am impressed with how well director Nico B. is able to capture the atmosphere and feel of that era. The pictures quality is grainy, yes, but even the sets and costumes look very much like something from that time period.
The acting is very good, with the cast giving performances much like those of the silent-era actors. Again, this is impressive, as I wasn’t sure the execution of the concept would turn out well. I’m happy to report it blows my expectations away.
Of the three segments in SIN, I have to say the first one (the belly dancer) is probably my favorite. It had, to me, the most authentic feel of a vintage film, but the basis for its plot is interesting as well. Not to mention, the background music seemed to fit perfectly, as if it were composed specifically for that piece.
SIN is a huge win for me, and I highly recommend it. In addition to excellent, eye-catching cover art, the two-disc set comes with a slick booklet that shows original storyboard drawings from the second segment. SIN is available now, so snatch up your copy soon before they’re all gone!
• New HD Transfer (from original Super 8 film)
• Nude Color Outtakes (HD)
• SIN Teasers (HD)
• Bonus: Super 8 short films by Nico B (HD)
• Booklet with original storyboard drawings by Brian M. Viveros (2005)