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The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and RussiaBetween Pain and Pleasure$
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Ewa Mazierska, Matilda Mroz, and Elzbieta Ostrowska

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405140

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405140.001.0001

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Geographies of Carnality: Slippery Sexuality in Wiktor Grodecki’s Gay Hustler Trilogy

Geographies of Carnality: Slippery Sexuality in Wiktor Grodecki’s Gay Hustler Trilogy

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(p.146) Chapter 7 Geographies of Carnality: Slippery Sexuality in Wiktor Grodecki’s Gay Hustler Trilogy
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The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia
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Bruce Williams

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405140.003.0008

In the years following the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, and the Velvet Divorce between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Polish-born director Wiktor Grodecki explored the world of teenage males in Prague’s burgeoning sex trade in a trilogy comprised of two documentaries and one feature. While Not Angels but Angels (1994) documents the underworld of young hustlers, Body without Soul (1996) focuses on under-aged boys in the porn industry. The feature film, Mandragora, combines the two themes. Grodecki ties these sexual dynamics to both the socio-economic dynamics of post-communism and the unique geographical positioning of the Czech Republic on the divide between East and West. All the while lying further west than Vienna, Prague is viewed by the international sex-trade clients as an exotic realm where there are less restrictions on sexual pleasure than in Western Europe.

Keywords:   Wiktor Grodecki, Homosexuality, Male prostitution, Czech Republic, Orientalism

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