Profoundly Erotic: Sexy Movies that Changed History
Movie stars do it better, or so it seems. Sex on the silver screen unfolds in such a perfect way and we get sucked in. Whether we want to admit it or not, much of our sexual behavior has been learned from the movies.
From Joe Bob Briggs comes Profoundly Erotic, a collection of essays on sex in film. This guide explores the most seminal films―from cult classics to Hollywood blockbusters―that both shaped and reflected America’s changing mores and codes about sex. Briggs, who has been called the Leonard Maltin of cult movies, makes good on his reputation as an off-kilter and daring movie guru in this revealing look at filmed fornication.
Profoundly Erotic follows Joe Bob’s popular Profoundly Disturbing. Now Joe Bob takes on the key films that turn us on, such as It Happened One Night (1938), Lolita (1962), Belle de Jour (1967), and sex, lies, and videotape (1989). Illustrated with lurid stills and posters, the book strips down the hottest screen moments in history with the bodies we adore, from Rudolf Valentino and Mae West to Brigitte Bardot and Sharon Stone. In addition to the ten main movies, the book features a hundred more capsule reviews in “For Further Frisson” sidebars.
Praise for Profoundly Disturbing:
“A valuable and entertaining survey of movies that broke taboos.”
“The book merits attention from fans tired of high-minded essays about classics such as Citizen Kane, and explains why crass, tasteless pictures often make more impact than those released with the stamp of respectability.”
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Normally, I don't read books about movies, but Joe Bob's name on the cover got me to pick this one up. I've spent many an hour watching Joe Bob hosting cable movies - even if the movies were dreadful. And, after hearing him describe the plot of Ghosts Can'T Do It - and then confirming the awful truth - I trust him completely to accurately sum up a movie. Which I have to since I haven't seen a single one of the films he concentrates on. Those ten movies are "sexy movies", not porn movies. Only one of them can remotely be called that. Each chapter covers one movie, its history, its significance, and the careers of the significant people associated with it. Brief chapters in between cover other contemporary films with sexual themes. The Sheik (1921), based on the rape fantasy of the very successful eponymous novel, is forever linked to Rudolph Valentino - the man who upped the bar for what American women wanted in their lovers. And haughty, domineering, graceful (and clean) alpha males in the desert became a stock fixture in romance novels. She Done Him Wrong (1933), a remake of Mae West's stage show Diamond Lil, was something of a last hurrah before the Hays Production Code went into effect. West's persona - little skin, lots of innuendo (shocking then, more amusing now), with an act lifted from drag queens and portraying an unapologetic prostitute and exploiter of men - was very influential even if few outright imitations were tried. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) was writer-director Preston Sturges' comedic end run around Hays Office censorship. A highly cynical movie that started with the phenomena of the unintended pregnancies of "V-girls", women who slept with soldiers right before they were shipped overseas, and then went on to mock most of the institutions of WW II America. The Catholic Legion of Decency condemned the movie but also noted "... it was very funny". Picnic (1955) was a story that obsessed its writer Daniel Taradash. He never bought that its protagonist, Kim Novak, playing a woman in a Kansas small town, would really find happiness by running off with William Holden's drifter. Taradash continued to tinker with the story, but no one wanted what he thought was the more realistic version. They wanted the movie version with its alleged happy ending. Briggs, however, contends that the movie fascinates because audiences sensed the movie was really, whatever they told themselves, about how "sex kills everything it touches". The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), the closest thing to a true porn movie here, was the advent of the "content-free sex film". Russ Meyer's film -- about large breasted women as all Russ Meyer's movies are -- enabled national film distributors to book movies with lots of nudity without the packaging of foreign language "art cinema". Contempt (1963) was Jean-Luc Godard's chilly effort, starring Jack Palance, Brigitte Bardot, Fritz Lang, and Michel Piccoli, about unconsummated passion, a love affair unraveling. Kitten with a Whip (1964) has Ann-Margret showing up with thuggy friends to bedevil John Forsythe, a middle-aged businessman, with her sex-drenched presence and threats of violence. Long considered something of an embarrassment - no legitimate dvd release has been made in America, Joe Bob argues that it was the high point of Ann-Margret's career. I Am Curious - Yellow (1967) paved the way for Deep Throat's breaking down obscenity laws. A narratively complicated satire, with explicit sex, on left-wing Swedish politics, it also made "Swedish movie" and "porn movie" synonymous in the American mind. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), with its equation of one-night stand=dead woman, affected a generation of single women argues Joe Bob. Little seen today, its title is still shorthand for a moral lesson - even if the moral lesson isn't at all clear in the actual movie. 9 1/2 Weeks (1986) is the most recent movie on the list and still fresh in the public mind. Notorious for allegedly being about B&D or S&M, it seems lacking in all but maybe the D. Joe Bob argues, given the plot and Mickey...
Review: Profoundly Erotic: Sexy Movies that Changed HistoryUser Review - Goodreads
When Joe Bob told me that his next book was going to be on erotic movies, my first thought was, "Oh, my God...how am I going to find information on thes movies without looking like the world's biggest ...
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