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The Triumph of Love (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: April 26, 2002
CAP Score: 77
CAP Influence Density: 0.41

MinMax: -53

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THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE (PG-13) -- Female nudity more than once. Many offers of sex. Fondling ... Does that sound like a 13 year old's movie?

Distributed by: Paramount Classics
Director(s): Clare Peploe
Producer(s): Bernardo Bertolucci, Massimo Cortesi, Reinhard Klooss, Stephan Mallmann, Thomas Schühly, Jeremy Thomas
Written by/Screenplay: Marivaux (play), Clare Peploe (writer). Written by Marilyn Goldin Bernardo Bertolucci
Cinematography/Camera: Fabio Cianchetti
Music: Jason Osborn
Film Editing: Jacopo Quadri
Casting: Nina Gold, Shaila Rubin
Art Direction: Ettore Guerrieri

*The Triumph of Love* felt more like a bunch of university school or Shakespearean actors and actresses getting together to have fun. This is definitely not an action or drama movie but is a stage play brought to the screen. I missed the first unknown number of minutes. Probably from ten to fifteen minutes. A lot can happen in ten to fifteen minutes so I cannot guarantee this analysis presents all ignominy. I can guarantee analysis of the portion seen is quite fair and accurate to the portion seen.

Oratroy was outstanding. Mira Sorvino in particular. She showed talents in flowing and flawless oration as well as expression. The Harvard grad really shined as an actress ... but not as a righteous woman. She placed the hand of her male opposite, Jay Rodan on her breast.

The first scene I saw was of a nude woman walking behind some sparse branches. Other reviews claim the placing prosthetics on a female to emulate maleness and of a female watching a nude male. Just remember that if you decide to see this movie there may be and probably is more to the unacceptable programming than revealed herein.

The assumed ruler of the country, young princess Aspasie (Mira Sorvino), is drawn to seek Agis (Jay Rodan), adopted son of recluse philosopher Hermocrates (Ben Kingsley) due to her earlier glimpse of Agis in the buff. The princess discovers that Agis is the rightful ruler of the country since the princess's father killed Agis' father to take over the throne.

To get access to Agis through Hermocrates, the princess dresses as a boy and seductively woos Hermacrates' sister, Leontine (Fiona Shaw) to get to Hermacrates as a girl to seduce him to get to Agis. Eventually the princess does get to Agis but as a boy. Doing all the manly guy things together, including shooting arrows into an effigy of her (from which she seems to get perverse excitment), they form a quick relationship until one day the princess decides she must tell Agis the truth. And that she does -- by placing his right hand on her left breast under her attire. That's the best I can make of this flick, folks.

I can, however, tell you of what I saw and heard. Female nudity more than once. Many offers of sex. Fondling. Drinking and drunkenness. Excessive cleavage [1Cor. 6:9-10]. Praising of false gods [Ps. 4:2]. Does that sound like a 13 year old's movie? [Luke 17:2] The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will tell it all.

Female nudity, repeatedly; offer of sex, repeatedly; fondling a woman's breast.


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  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Ps. 4:2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame ? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods ? {Selah}

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    The Triumph of Love (2001) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lies about gender throughout
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • deception throughout

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • brief nudity, repeatedly
  • offer of sex, repeatedly
  • fondling a woman's breast
  • statue and picture nudity
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • seven uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • talk of gods, May the gods...", repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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