Two dreams (“Communist” and “American”) with one essence – human happiness is a result of unlimited satisfaction of material needs – plentiful and pleasant food, a castle over one’s head, sexual pleasures and leisure(s), our caprices and vain desires, and fight for fame, wealth, power, etc. Soviet communists “respected” despotic commanding authority and weakened and “suspended” the importance of culture, but the American wealthy elite (through their conservative political servants) got rid of (serious) culture completely – they reduced it into mass culture – that of consumption of entertainment, amusement and fun.

The auteur of the “Sweet Movie” Dusan Makavejev as a joyous genius of cinematic thinking represents this common dream of super-prosperity (as over-satisfaction and through this overstimulation of our material needs) through the metaphor of consumption of sweet substances – extra-sugar in the food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, pleasures, satisfactions, life’s “sweetness”, need for success and sweet foam of fame, possessions and ownerships and extra-wealth and -power over others. In his film Makavejev compares the dreamers of sweet life from East European proletarian branch and the Americans who create and act out such dreams, and shows how these two cultures are different and similar in their structuring human “sweet dreaming” and sweetened reality of human life with similarly destructive results. Soviet ideology of Communist prosperity (made of sweetness) meets American mass culture (made of symmetrical sweetness) on the same sweet battlefield of reciprocal defeat by their common dream.


Anna Planeta (Anna Prucnal), the captain of the timeworn “Karl Marx” ship crawling along Amsterdam’s canals with several tons of sugar and assortments of sweets on board, and a sailor lost in time and space (Pierre Clementi) from “Potemkin” (a ghostlike personification of the ghost of communism) – are both settlers in sugar-dream. The tamed mouse we see on the top of the sailor‘s head is a symbol of human body as an appendix to human dreams (which after being shattered are capable of resurrecting again and again).


An irresistible lover ready for sugar-love


Sexual act inside the sugar (as a proto-drug of happiness) should have the power of archangel wings in their sweet Christmas toy incarnation


As we’ll see soon even perfect – even perfumed orgasm, as our heroes have just experienced, can precede not only the paradisiacal calm but also the insatiable dreaming about an inexhaustible wealth of pleasure


Blend of Coffee and sugar promises repetition of sexual bliss, but sugar as a symbolic substance (mainly ideological, as the most Russians discovered it during the seventy years of Soviet domination over life) or “proudly opened” to mass consumption (like the American super-consumers know so well) is not a reliable benefactor – it keeps knife behind its back.


Strange, morbid curiosity can follow the sugary excesses of sweet life, which can stimulate even more greedy desire for more sweetness. It’s the same with our relation to moneys which only look different from sugar.


After multiple ecstasies (produced by sexual avalanches created by the sugary proto-drug), reactions of the Capitan of the sugar-ship and the revolutionary sailor are like that of typical consumers (dreamers about unlimited consumption) – it is like people’s inert reactions on “global heating” – instead of becoming alerted and cautious, they more and more want one thing – stimulation of a mindless and kind-less exploitative consumption of nature.


Coffee mixed with sugar can, by perverse association in human unconscious, unexpectedly refer to the mixture of sugar and blood. Red army soldiers (consumers of the very idea of communism) and consumers of everyday sweet life feel almost identically without any understanding of what’s going on with them and what will be the price.


Alchemical wisdom of mixtures consumed by the tireless consumers will create new entelechy – new energy of life and death for future super-generations! Bloody sugar or sugary blood will become the main pleasure of deadly life and lively death.


Sugar-lover is transformed into sugar-corpse! The poor ghost of the sailor from Potemkin! Poor European children visiting Anna Planeta’s Marx ship full of sweets! Poor consumers of sugar as proto-drug of consumerist super-indulgence! Poor people who have lost their spiritual nature – who think that it’s possible to live by the despotic and never satisfied material dreams. Their spiritual nature was, of course, already repressed by the traditional religions – they were skillfully made to serve both – secular and religious powers. But today their very “sugary” dream to become one of the privileged and wealthy has transformed them into servile conformists to those who have the power of decision-making, because they… identify with their bosses and leaders and serve them with hate for those who’re as much dissimilar with the creators of propaganda, as with believers in it.


“Communist” dream meets “American” dream in Dusan Makavejev’ extraordinary film, horror film on the one hand and hyperbolic comedy on the other, which people of different countries continue to watch even when they don’t feel that they really understand it.

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