Green Porno Response Paper 1

Topics: Ingrid Bergman, Isabella Rossellini, Green Porno Pages: 5 (1103 words) Published: April 13, 2015
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Phebe McKelvey
B. Palumbo
VM—305—0
February 22, 2015
“Green Porno, Live On Stage”: An ArtsEmerson Performance on February 21, 2015 “Green Porno, Live On Stage” is a comedic and innovative theatrical performance, staring Isabella Rossellini, that examines the peculiar and bizarre sexual behaviors of various animals, sea creatures, and insects. Isabella Rossellini is a virtuoso Italian actress and model. On June 18th, 1952 Isabella Rossellini was born into cinema royalty. Her mother was three-time Oscar-winning actress Ingrid Bergman, and her father was neo-realist master Italian director Roberto Rossellini.1 Isabella has had a very successful career in the media industry. She is most recognized for her award-winning role in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet (1986)” and as the premiere model of her time. She gained notoriety on the cover of Vogue magazine, and as the campaign model for Lancôme cosmetics.2 Later in life, her career ambitions radically shifted when she began taking graduate-level courses on animal behavior at Hunter College.3 Rossellini became fascinated with nature and biological diversity. In 2008 she set out to further explore her curiosity through the production of an experimental short film series, “Green Porno”. The series examined the unusual reproduction rituals of marine life, insects and other animals. Among some of the topics examined were polygamist elephant seals, cannibalistic fe1

"Isabella Rossellini." IMDb. IMDb.com, Web. 28 Feb. 2015. .

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Wallenberg, Christopher. "Isabella Rossellini Talks ‘Green Porno’ — And Biology." The Artery Arts Culture on WBUR RSS 20. The Artery, 12 Feb. 2015. Web. 28 Feb. 2015.
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male praying mantises, and barnacle phalluses. In the videos her costumes imitated a praying mantis, bumblebee, and a six-foot long erect whale penis.
To Rossellini’s surprise, her original video series went viral and received a Sundance TV Webby Award.4 In a recent interview Rossellini discussed her feelings about the experimental work and noted that,

“When you do experimental filmmaking, with a very minimal budget, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But the intention is to experiment and to try to find new ways of telling stories.” 5

With the continued support of Sundance, she produced two more environmentally themed online video series. The sequels were titled “Seduce Me” (an educational glimpse at the art of seduction and sexual attraction) and “Mammas” (an exploration of maternity). Both received raved reviews. After great viewer reception, Rossellini boldly adapted her small screen video series into a theatrical performance for the stage. With the guidance of French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, Rossellini’s scientific ideals were transcribed into a script that was both approachable and entertaining.6 Muriel Mayette was hired as the artistic director to enhance the show visually for live stage performance. What ensued was a multi-media, experimental show that applies the use of puppetry, props, projected illustrations, and video clips throughout. “Green Porno, Live on 4

Wallenberg, Christopher. "Isabella Rossellini Talks ‘Green Porno’ — And Biology." The Artery Arts Culture on WBUR RSS 20. The Artery, 12 Feb. 2015. Web. 28 Feb. 2015.
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Wallenberg, Christopher. "Isabella Rossellini Talks ‘Green Porno’ — And Biology." The Artery Arts Culture on WBUR RSS 20. The Artery, 12 Feb. 2015. Web. 28 Feb. 2015.
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