Isabella Rossellini Does Porno, Again

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Published April 1, 2009

Isabella Rossellini Does Porno, Again. Well, “Green Porno.” Today, on the Sundance Channel’s website, the actress released a follow-up to her successful series of short films about insect reproduction. As in the first “Green Porno” films, which played before main attractions at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Rossellini dons outlandish foam and fabric costumes, narrates the mating rituals of various organisms, and has a cheeky twinkle in her eye.
 
The focus of this series is marine life, although the opener, “Why Vagina,” has her wandering through a sort of sculpture garden of erect (paper) penises, explaining that sexual organs are species-specific “so that I’m not screwed by a bear.” In other two-minute shorts, she plays a barnacle and a right whale with a six-foot erection.
 
Rossellini (who wrote and co-directed with Jody Shapiro) reveals in behind-the-scene footage that she’d always wanted to be a director, but that “little gags and little stories” came easier to her than long narratives. The subject matter grew out of her love of her pets. And she and her collaborators, she adds, let themselves be even kookier this time around: “The first time we did ‘Green Porno’ we were all getting to know each other, so this time we did it with much greater confidence.” And more penises.
 

“Green Porno” will also premiere tonight at IFC Center at 7 PM, where Rossellini is presenting her father, Roberto Rosselini’s, 1950 film
The Flowers of St. Francis.