Friday, January 20, 2012

Synthetic Pleasures (1995)

Iara Lee


In this high-tech world, people have many different ways to add pleasure or change their lives for the better. This lightning-paced documentary offers a montage of such technology that ranges from new drugs to enhanced natural environments. The film is divided into three sections. The first looks at natural environments and takes the viewer to such places as Treasure Island in Las Vegas and Japan's Ocean Dome. The second section looks at genetic engineering, plastic surgery and at both patients and practitioners. The final segment goes into the world of mood and mind-altering drugs. It also looks into the shadowy world of virtual sex via Internet, and CD-ROMs.


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