Isabella Rossellini turns to directing insect sex

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By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - Isabella Rossellini treated audiences at the Berlin Film Festival to wild and crazy sex scenes in a series of short films she directs and stars in.

The shorts, collectively called "Green Porno," won't cause a stir with the film censors because Rossellini, one of the world's most recognized faces after decades of modeling and acting, is always fully clothed -- in bug costumes.

"I never really say anything dirty," Rossellini, 55, said in an interview, before using one choice four-letter word as an example of the language not used in the one-minute clips showing flies, spiders and snails fornicating.

"The intent is to be on the Web so it is available to everybody, to reach as far as possible. It's not dirty talk. We talk about sex, but the terminology is not dirty. The film is principally humorous, and if anything else it's informative.

"The surreal part is the way we develop them visually," she told Reuters after a screening in Berlin drew loud applause.

Rossellini flashes a mischievous grin as she explains in her trademark Italian-accented English that flies are highly amorous and have sex many times each day. She then demonstrates by performing some heavy-duty doggy-style sex on another fly.

"There are so many wonderful, great things in nature," said Rossellini, who made the films designed for small screens such as cell phones, iPods and laptops for the Sundance Channel. "I hope people will be amused and say 'Wow, I didn't know that about a fly or a worm."'

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<p>Italian actress Isabella Rossellini attends a news conference in the German capital of Berlin February 13, 2006. Rossellini treated audiences at the Berlin Film Festival to wild and crazy sex scenes in a series of short films she directs and stars in. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>