Sex, Comics, Socialists

Sex, comics and socialists steal the spotlight this Thursday and Friday, April 8 and 9, on, the subscription streamer offering arthouse, documentary and social issues films.

Thursday, April 8

The sex comes in the form of Bettie Page Reveals All (2012), a documentary in which the ‘50s pin-up queen recounts how her free expression overcame government witch hunts to help launch America’s sexual revolution. also debuts My Comic Shop Country (2019), which explores the business, fandom, and community of comic book stores across the U.S.

Finally, the sex and comics come together in the aptly titled Sex in the Comics (2012), in which burlesque performer Molly Crabapple relates the history of the erotic comic strip.

Friday, April 9

Exactly 150 years ago, socialists were in the middle of a two-month period in which they governed Paris. In 2000, director Peter Watkins released a five hour, 45-minute epic drama interspersing that time with the present. That film, La Commune (Paris, 1871) makes its streaming debut on, along with a 2001 documentary, The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins, about the director and the making of the film. It’s also making its streaming debut.

Here’s a small fraction of the former: can be streamed on its website or on Fire TVRokuiOS and Android devices. The service costs $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually, with a 14-day free trial.

(Top image: ‘Bettie Page Reveals All’, courtesy

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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