Brain Pickings

Seafood Sexytime: Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno 3

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What Pizza Neapolitana has to do with orgies and the future of the oceans.

Early last year, iconic Italian actor, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model Isabella Rossellini made waves when she signed on to do Green Porno, a series of short films for Sundance Channel exploring, to put it bluntly, the sex life of bugs.

Now, she’s back with Green Porno 3, charmingly weird and brilliant as ever. This time, she explores the hot-and-steamy of marine life.

From anchovy orgies, to elephant seal harems, to the 3-heart, 18-arm, 2-penis sexomatic squid, the series is every bit as awkwardly amusing as it is enlighteningly educational — a delightful intersection of scientific accuracy and old-timey theatrics.

We couldn’t help appreciating the subtle environmental commentary of the series. Each episode opens with a cooking scene, then delves into the magnificent, intricate marine system that somehow ended up on the plate — a timely reminder that our collective choices are precisely what caused the rather serious current overfishing crisis.

Catch Green Porno 3 online for some nerdy-artsy edutainment, and if you happen to be on the iPhone team, do the oceans a favor by grabbing Seafood Watch, a nifty free app that helps you make sustainable food choices.

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