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Old 21-07-2019, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Bubblyzzz View Post
What is the premise of this movie? I don't speak Italian, so I don't know.
Marcello Mastroianni plays a man who works at a toy manufacturers, who is obsessed with trying to work out how much air a balloon can be inflated by, unti it pops.

The obsession controls his life, to the detriment of his relationships at work, at home, and everything else. That's the basic gist. The film follows his trials and tribulations, as he tries to deal with his balloon obsession.
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Old 23-07-2019, 10:20 PM
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I think that would be disturbing! Thank you for your explanation!!
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Old 28-08-2019, 03:22 AM
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there was a mail correspondence group from the seventies if you were in the US which is still going today known as Balloonbuddies but other than that unless you knew another looner in person it was pretty much a solo endeavour.
Yes, it's a "dot com" and there are two sub-sites within balloonbuddies, the "straight" side and the "gay" side. It's not uncommon for members to be in both groups, because different posts about balloons are made in the two groups (and, sometimes, the same).


You're right, it was tremendously a solo pursuit. I never encountered "balloon-fetish ANYTHING" in the wild until the early 2000s...as soon as I learned how to turn on a computer I found a site called balloonfetish(dot)ws, but it unceremoniously disappeared in 2004 without warning. THIS SITE is the first website I've seen since that website was lost, which is similarly set up in organized Forums (vBulletin software). There are probably others involving women-and-balloons which I didn't explore, being "Kinsey 6" gay, but no I never knew about Balloonbuddies until I found it on the internet. I wonder how different my fetish would have been, had I found the site in 1972 which I believe was their start.


Until 2003, I thought I was entirely alone. I think that was extremely common in pre-internet days, AND for some people like me whose pre-internet days were "artificially" later because I didn't feel tech-comfortable with computers for a long time before I finally tried.


I only remember very inferior balloons in my youth. I'm talking about 1960 and onward into the 1970s. Maybe I just didn't know HOW to find good balloons, but I always thought that if I actually rode a balloon AT ALL and it didn't pop right away, it was A REALLY BIG DEAL. I finally started finding nice balloons around 1980 or so. I never paid much attention to brands, because I never really bought enough to notice any pattern - and I always thought that "balloons were balloons"...that ALL balloons of a given size were equivalent. It was in the 80s and late 70s that I started finding out otherwise. Now it's not a big deal to find a balloon that I can ride as rough as I want, and bouncing up and down INTENSELY. In the past few years I'm finding some of the best balloons I've ever found. (Inflatables and pool toys are generally much better than the old days, too - I remember that beach balls would often fail with full weight on them.)


And, as for those awful punchballs which were very heavy rubber and the valve had no lip...and, yes, I mean awful...I could only use them three or seven times at the most and they would eventually just POP, even before being close to fully inflated. They did feel very nice, I liked how the rubber feel on my hands which wasn't like anything I can think of now. It was frustrating that they didn't last long, though. That may be due to not knowing that balloons should always be washed off after use, to get rid of the body oils that infiltrate the latex and destroy it.


But, yeah, this is a good time to be a looner...


Originally Posted by BusterBill View Post
Yes, I saw the movie when it was in the foreign art film theater in NYC back in the late 60's.

The full film is available in reasonably watchable quality for free on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/a1WiTtzOqrs
I sampled it all the way through, and it looks VERY interesting - though mostly not useful because I don't speak Italian. I'd enjoy seeing it with English subtitles. Balloons or not, I enjoy those types of movies, though so often they're so hopelessly obscure that I don't know about them. My awareness of these types of movies has happened only in recent years, as I've also been introduced to Luis Bunuel, etc.

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Old 21-05-2020, 10:37 PM
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Hi all, Im a newbie here so have only just come across this article. It is interesting to think that I have been into balloons since I was 6ish years old. I thought I was unique, weird or had some kind of a brain disorder, I knew of no others who felt about balloons as I did. My first recollection of when rubbing against a balloon gave me a feeling I had never experienced before was after getting home from a fair/carnival. I had a yellow balloon, at the time it seemed massive but was probably only a 12" or so. I can remember taking it to my bedroom and just staring at it and smelling it, wow, did that have an affect on me. My mum came into my room and asked why the balloon was on my bed, she took it out and said I was to leave it downstairs. A few days later when, I got home from school, my mum was in the garden so I sneaked that balloon to my bedroom and hid it in my toy cupboard. That evening when mum and dad were downstairs I became a looner, an overwhelming sensation that was like a drug and I wanted more. Each night for 4 nights I slept with that balloon until on the fifth night it burst as I got on top of it. I felt so sad, my dad came to my room to see what the noise was, by then the three pieces were on the floor and I made out I was asleep. I heard him tell mum that a balloon popped in my room and nothing more was said. Close call. All this happened 58 years ago, from that point to this was a long and confusing storey, made so much easier with the advent of the internet and for me the realisation that I was not the only one who felt that way about balloons. Believe me when I say it was such a relief. Sorry to ramble on but it felt very cathartic and it must be an age thing.
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Old 21-05-2020, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by BalloonBoyUK View Post
Marcello Mastroianni plays a man who works at a toy manufacturers, who is obsessed with trying to work out how much air a balloon can be inflated by, unti it pops.

The obsession controls his life, to the detriment of his relationships at work, at home, and everything else. That's the basic gist. The film follows his trials and tribulations, as he tries to deal with his balloon obsession.
My synopsis: a looner comes into some money and finds a weak story premise on which to hang a huge project by which to satisfy his kinky desires. Awesomeness ensues.
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Old 22-05-2020, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Heliumpongo View Post
My synopsis: a looner comes into some money and finds a weak story premise on which to hang a huge project by which to satisfy his kinky desires. Awesomeness ensues.
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I think your synopsis is spot on. The writer/producer/director of the film was a guy by the name of Marco Ferreri. There was never any question in my mind, after watching grainy black and white TV interviews with Ferreri from the late 60's, that he was indeed a full fledged looner. There was a sparkle in his eyes and a joyfulness in his speech as he discussed his balloon film projects. He did not attempt to hide his obsession for balloons at all, which was perfectly normal given that at that time in history the general population was sexually naive. He had no reason to feel guilty or to fear ridicule. The sexual awakening of the very late sixties had yet to occur.
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For some background, in 1965, Ferreri wrote and produced a short version of the film which was included as one part of a triptych of 3 short films called "Oggi, Domani, Dopodomani" ("Today, Tomorrow, The Day After Tomorrow"). Then in 1968 he went on to release a full length version of the movie titled "L'uomo Dei Cinque Palloni" ("The Man With the Balloons") featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Spaak. The full length film is available on YouTube to view for free as mentioned in a previous thread.
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Old 22-05-2020, 07:15 AM
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it's kind of interesting to wonder how long balloon/inflatable fetishes have existed. apparently balloons as we know them have been sold since the early 20th century, but they sort of existed even before that, the first rubber ones made in 1824.

did victorian people have balloon fetishes? or perhaps did people have them even before that, but no easy outlet for it?
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