I'm not exactly sure what you mean by set-pieces here, but the 1970s was
definitely a moment in musical film history where sex becomes more explicit
and more complicated. Nothing is quite as explicit as All That Jazz, but
you do have:
1970 The Boyfriend
1973 Rocky Horror Picture Show
1977 Sgt. Pepper
1978 Hair (through sexually explicit lyrics, not actions)
Each of these either have sexually explicit lyrics or visuals.
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From: "Laurie Stras" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 3:58 AM
Subject: All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
> Dear listmembers
> Bear with me - this does have something to do with film. . .
> I'm currently teaching a new course on girl singers in the 20th century,
> tomorrow's lecture focusses on representations of sex. This morning I was
> trying to work out precisely *when* metaphor/slang became dispensable in
> lyrics about sex. I'm not talking about the 'heavy breathing' stuff by
> Birkin and Donna Summer, I mean more like Kate Bush's "Feel It" or "In The
> Warm Room," both of which were released in 1978 and both of which are,
> explicit (and in a way, a whole lot more explicit than anything Madonna
> ever turned out).
> I kind of wanted to place this in context, and I wondered if there was a
> simultaneous moment in mainstream film musical set-pieces (as a kind of
> precursor to video) where visual metaphor was simply done away with, or at
> least became so minimal that there was nothing to "read", or not a lot was
> left to the imagination. The earliest I can remember was the "Air-otica"
> (?) scene in *All That Jazz* (1979). Haven't seen the film in over 20
> years, but I can still visualise the number in my head, so it *must* have
> made an impression. . .
> Anyone else got any ideas? Was this really a late seventies thing? Or is
> it just because that by 1979 I was able to get into 18/R movies, so I was
> experiencing this stuff for the first time?
> Thanks in advance
> Dr Laurie Stras
> Music, School of Humanities
> University of Southampton
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