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by Paula Bernstein
October 15, 2013 9:50 AM
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Watch: Nicolas Roeg and the Brit Perv Directors in the 'Film Snob's Dictionary'

"Every time you see A-list genitalia on screen, you have Nick Roeg and the Brit pervs to thank," according to this snappy video, which is entry #406 in Vanity Fair's "Film Snob's Dictionary." The entry defines Nicolas Roeg as an "English director who established himself with the 1970 film 'Performance' -- a swinging-London movie featuring a bad trip, plenty of sex, and Mick Jagger. His highly sexualized films cemented his status as a Brit Perv director, alongside 'Women in Love' filmmaker Ken Russell....Film snobs love Brit pervs for a reason. Roeg and his colleagues made it okay to dispense with logic, clothes and chronology, to mess with movie conventions in the most mesmerizing and tripped out way."

The "Brit perv school" also included Peter Greenaway and Derek Jarman who, the video intones, "along with Roeg and Russell, faced outraged from both critics and ratings boards... Remember: every time the movie you're watching goes into hallucinogenic warp drive and every time you see A-list genitalia on screen, you have Nick Roeg and the Brit pervs to thank." Look for clips from Roeg's films, including "Performance," "Walkabout" and "The Man Who Fell to Earth." Warning: there will be psychedelia and nudity.

The video is part of Vanity Fair's new digital channel, which launched in July along with the 10-part web series based on the "Snob's Dictionary" books and Vanity Fair features written by Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp. Check it out below:

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  • paulv | October 15, 2013 2:11 PMReply

    What's wrong with sex and nudity? Taboo subjects and yet violence and sexuality are the two big sellers for hollywood films, the latter being portrayed in a much less "honest" and overt way than by those "brit pervs"! The whole of human experience should be portrayed in all art forms. And breaking the rules, experimenting and even "outraging" the critics and public should be encouraged. Nothing much evolves without those individual artists that go "over the top". Thank goodness for the excentrics! Down with political correctness.