Today we consider sex scenes in cinema. Or great sex scenes in cinema. Or, to be more precise though a little awkward , sex scenes in cinema that are great. That is to say, these are not necessarily scenes of great sex. Rather they are great scenes that happen to depict sex — good sex, bad sex and everything in between.
The greatest sex scenes in cinema history
A Brief History of Actual Sex in Movies
As Fifty Shades Darker gets audiences hot under the collar, James Oliver casts an eye over the history of sex in movies As has been abundantly clear for the past , years or so, human beings are absolutely obsessed by sex. Mating rituals and procreation have been inspiring artists ever since the days of cave paintings and while depictions have become more sophisticated—wrapped up in poetry or hidden behind Mona Lisa smiles—the basic themes, of attraction and desire, have barely changed. And it remains an enduringly popular topic—witness how sweaty sequel Fifty Shades Darker has thrust its way to box office glory. This is only the latest iteration of cinematic sex.
A brief history of sex in cinema
In the early days of Hollywood shortly after the development of film-making as an industry, moralists objected to the amount of nudity, sexuality, criminality and violence portrayed in films. Censorship boards were set up in various states and controls began to be imposed, often on a voluntary basis, once moving pictures became widespread and available to mass viewing audiences encouraged by the popularity of nickelodeons, first called "arcade peepshows". However, the vast complexity of various local, state and national censorship laws added to the problem of enforcement, i.
Many who don't consider themselves prudish in the slightest have dismissed the film as pornography masquerading as art-house fare. What they don't necessarily realize is that although explicit onscreen sex tends to give stateside audiences pause, it is not out of the norm on the festival circuit—whose most prestigious stops are concentrated, not coincidentally, in Europe. Call it selection bias, but, to these eyes, it seems that an unusually high number of well-regarded films have utilized this graphic technique over the last few years— Nymphomaniac , Starlet , and Stranger by the Lake , to name a few.