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Rossellini makes two-minute films

Isabella Rossellini's latest film project sees her looking at seduction - from cuttle fish to a snake to a bedbug.

The actress has created 10 short films about how various animals seduce each other.

Seduce Me, on view at the Sundance Channel website, is the second such series for the Blue Velvet actress, who will bring the project to Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

"They are humorous. They are meant to be funny," Isabella said in an interview from New York. "I like to laugh and I wanted to make comical films."

Rick Gilbert, who produced the films, said they were designed just for the web and for cell phones. "We wanted to make them very graphic and colourful. We felt that on-screen that's what works," he said.

Isabella chose paper costumes created by Andy Byers for the project, commissioned by Robert Redford, because the material was cheap. Initially, she did 18 two-minute films for her first series called Green Porno, which was about how animals mate.

"My interest in animals has always existed, not specifically on sex, but I knew that most of the people are interested in sex. So, I knew that if I did the series on the different ways of mating, we would get more audience," she said.

The Seduce Me film about ducks begins with Isabella's face being petted and caressed increasingly more violently by male hands. She says: "Are they seducing me? What am I, a duck?"

The film later shows the actress dressed as a duck, pretending to have sex with a paper duck of her choice. In another film, she is dressed as a bedbug as she discusses how the female bedbug doesn't need genitals to mate.

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