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Another Reason To Love Isabella Rossellini: Green Porno (Don’t Worry, It’s Mostly Safe For Work)
March 11, 2014
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Isabella Rossellini stopped by the studio recently to talk about her new film, Denis Villeneuve's Enemy. She's been in the red chair before, though, and on her last visit she talked about one of her more intriguing side projects: Green Porno.

Green Porno is a series produced by the Sundance Channel that shows the mating rituals of marine animals and insects. Rossellini plays all the animals herself, dressed up in paper costumes, and narrates their bizarre and fascinating mating habits. It's a brilliant mashup of science and performance art, and one that could only have come from the mind of the Italian actress — in fact, she is the chief creative voice of the series, writing each episode and often directing and consulting on every part of the production.

The show lasted three seasons on Sundance, and was later turned into a book and travelling play (really more of a lecture series with costumes). It also led to a couple of spin-offs: Seduce Me: The Spawn of Green Porno, a 5-episode series on Sundance, and Mammas, a series on motherhood in nature.

Each short piece is both fascinating and entertaining, and worth watching in its entirety. Below, you'll find a few of our favourite episodes.

But first, here's Rossellini talking with George about the project last time she was on the show:

Bee

Parying Mantis

Snail

Earthworm

Whale

Be sure to check out Rossellini on the program tonight at 7 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on CBC.

And if you happen to be in Toronto, you can catch her show Green Porno, Live on Stage at the Winter Garden Theatre June 6-8.  

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