Entertainment Weekly - 06/14/2002
"...The film survives today as an artsy, near-silent curio..."
When a young bride discovers her older husband's impotence, she seeks attention elsewhere. Hedy Lamarr appears in the nude and in a state of sexual passion in this film that caused an international scandal and made her a star. Incredible enlightened and progressive in its portrayal of sexuality (particularly female sexuality), ECSTASY has become a landmark of European cinema.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Hedy Lamarr (Samson and Delilah) stars as Eva, a young woman who marries an older man and is rejected on their wedding night. Frustrated, she runs away and meets a younger man who responds to her unfulfilled yearnings. Called "the most whispered about picture in the world" at its release, "Ecstasy" shocked moviegoers with its erotic depiction of sex, particularly scenes of a young Lamarr swimming naked and its images of this unknown beauty at the height of passion. The European film propelled Lamarr into Hollywood stardom and became an internationally-known classic hailed for its sophisticated approach to sexuality, maintaining a special place in movie history.
In this romantic drama filled with erotic imagery, a young bride (played by Hedy Lamarr) realizes she is unhappy after marrying a much older man. As a result, she begins an affair with a young man and becomes torn between him and her husband ... with tragic results.
While this film was banned by the United States Treasury Department for revealing too much of Hedy Lamarr (Hedy Kiesler), this Czech film was also banned in Germany because Hedy Lamarr was Jewish. Defending the film and the nude scene, American distributor Jacques Koerpel was quoted as saying "Evil to him who evil thinks," when he heard of the decision to barr its release. The film was originally titled "Symphony of Love."