Tanya Wexler

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering! When you think about the invention of the vibrator (and I bet you think about that a lot, you naughty minx), you probably don’t quite picture that particular apparatus being invented during one of the most straight-laced periods in modern history – the Victorian era. Yet, that’s exactly when the electro-mechanical vibrator was invented, thanks to the vision of one open-minded doctor. In Tanya Wexler‘s Hysteria, the director fictionalizes up some of the story, using the charming Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal for some sexiness, and the result is a forward-thinking and very entertaining film. To get your motors running, we’re giving away one (1) copy of Hysteria on DVD and one (1) copy of Hysteria on Blu-ray. It’s worth moaning about, that’s for sure. Winners will be chosen randomly (including which version our two winners will each receive). The home video release of Hysteria also includes some fun extras, like deleted scenes, commentary with Wexler, and a featurette on “The Technology of Orgasm.” Zing! To win one (1) copy of Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria on DVD or Blu-ray, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know the title of your favorite sex comedy (because, at its heart, Hysteria is quite funny). Please also provide your email address in your comment. This contest is only open to U.S. residents. The contest will close on Friday, September 28th, at 6:00PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random to receive one copy […]

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Despite being trapped in the constricted 1880’s, Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is a forward-thinker, a believer in germ theory (can you imagine a time when doctors chalked the existence of germs up to a theory?), meaning that he doesn’t fit in with his counterparts at London’s many hospitals, which is why he’s been fired from just about all of them. Desperate for a position – any kind of position – the good doctor lands an assistant job at Dr. Robert Dalrymple’s (Jonathan Pryce) clinic, working for the rich and popular doctor who specializes in something very, very unique: the treatment of female hysteria. Traditionally speaking, “hysteria” was used as a blanket term of any kind of lady trouble for centuries, with the term originating in 4th century BCE. Hysteria was seen as a particular scourge on ladies in the Victorian era – “the plague of our time” – and was believed to effect half of the female population. Dalrymple eases his patients by way of a procedure referred to as “pelvic massage.” You can guess what “pelvic massage” really was. No, really, you can. There’s a picture up top and everything.

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Stop groaning at that headline and start moaning along with this clever, mildly silly trailer for Hysteria. Based on the historical invention of the vibrator, the film boasts Felicity Jones, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce and a bunch of women shaking their thighs in ecstasy. Seriously. There are a lot of shots of women coming in this thing. Beyond that, it has the usual flair that any period piece might aspire to. The costuming, the set work, the language. It’s all there along with some cheeky humor and what looks like a romantic foundation the focuses on taming a shrew. Plug in, and check it out for yourself:

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With the Toronto International Film Festival mere weeks away, cinephiles everywhere are prepping to ship off to America’s hat for ten days of films and fun, all fueled by bagged milk and and trademark Canadian politeness. TIFF has already established itself as North America’s premiere film festival (duking it out with Sundance for top billing), but this year, the festival’s programmers have truly outdone themselves when it comes to putting together a drool-worthy schedule. This year’s TIFF has already announced the bulk of their lineup, including The Ides of March and Moneyball and their documentary and genre picks, but they now round out their programming with some final and spectacular picks.

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