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A place to start might be a comparison of the 1946 and 1981 versions of The Postman Always Rings Twice, although the signals are more visual than verbal, as I recall, and time range is a bit broader than you suggest. I haven't seen either film for several years, but the looks of lust in Turner and Garfield's eyes were riveting, as was the Nicholson-Lange wrestling match on the kitchen table.

W Lingle


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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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