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SCREEN-L  October 2007, Week 5

SCREEN-L October 2007, Week 5

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Re: sexual explictness query

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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 28 Oct 2007 11:28:49 -0500

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Actually, PLAY MISTY FOR ME includes a scene with Eastwood and Donna Mills al fresco (watched by Walters) that very clearly implies sex, including oral sex.  (I first saw this in an Army base theater, where such things got noticed.)  Arthur Knight and Hollis Alpert used to do yearly updates (for Playboy, of course) of sex in the movies during that transitional era of the 1960s.  Also see Parker Tyler's 1974 PICTORIAL HISTORY OF SEX IN FILMS.

And there was lots of suggestiveness in Code-regulated movies (Scarlett's air of total refreshment the morning after Rhett carried her up those stairs in GONE WITH THE WIND, for example).

But the most interesting period might be the so-called "pre-code" films c. 1930-1934 before the studios began strictly enforcing the code.  TCM was featuring a number of these movies earlier this year.  You might also check out PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD by Thomas Patrick Doherty (1999).

Don Larsson
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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Frank, Michael [[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] sexual explictness query

[with the usual apologies for duplication]



in 1958 [north by northwest] eva marie saint says to cary grant
something like "i have no plans for tonight and my book isn't very
interesting" -- and we know she's inviting him to her bed . . . in 1971
[play misty for me] jessica walter says to clint eastwood "right, no
strings attached, but that doesn't mean we can't sleep together tonight
if we want to" . . . while this may fall short of the "let's screw"
which one might expect today, the increased explicitness clearly
reflects the changes [in both sexual mores and codes of representation]
that are a function of what have since come to call the sexual
revolution of the sixties



it would be interesting to trace these changes, which leads to the
question:  can anyone cite earlier examples in mainstream cinema [i.e.
films aimed at a mass audience] of this kind of sexual explicitness - or
of later developments that raised the bar even higher [or lower,
depending on your POV] . . .



thoughts??



mike


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