Ah, Isabella Rossellini. I’ve had a crush on her for years. And her mum, Ingrid Bergman too. Isabella (yes, I imagine we’re on first name terms) is often associated with enigmatic, unHollywoodish roles such as the doomed lounge singer Dorothy Vallens in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, but has had a long history of activism and philanthropy. Isabella strikes me as a person who does the stuff that interests her. She keeps her own counsel.
So now, at the age of 56, it’s intriguing that Isabella’s making porno movies. Did I say porn? Aye, I did. Green Porno. Whatever you’re expecting, well, you’re probably going to be wrong.
Green Porno is two series of short films on animal sexual behaviour, made for the Sundance Channel. In each episode, using an elaborate costume and some rather suggestive scripting, Isabella explains the sexual of… for instance, flies, earthworms, praying mantis, starfish, limpets and anglerfish. Two personal favourites are the episodes concerning whales and snails. Isabella Rossellini dressed as a whale, with a massive penis is not something, I, personally, had ever expected to experience.
“If I were a snail… my anus would end up on top of my head… unfortunately. I can withdraw my entire body into my shell, where I can hide my penis and vagina. I have both!”
Absolutely brilliant. Impulsive watching…
Here’s an interview with Isabella, discussing the sexual behaviour of the praying mantis (playing the male mantis, having lost her head, but still making love)