Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sexy Cinema (or Sex in Cinemas)

I met my first serious boyfriend on New Year’s Day at The Varsity Theater during a screening of the trilogy of the Mad Max movies. We managed to make eye contact even in the darkened movie theater, and we were inseparable for the months following. If I were to tag our relationship, then the words: sticky, popcorn, faded, velvet, darkness, and apocalypse would all be featured prominently.

Earlier than that, I shared one of my first ever kisses in the same cinema, in the back row of the balcony, during a double-feature of The Blues Brothers and 48 Hours, our lips burning from too many Sweet Tarts. So my definition of sexy movies is probably somewhat skewered. How many other people would list those movies on their top sexy cinema list? And yet, when I see any of them, those familiar shivery sensations flare through me, as I flash back in a heartbeat to the verge of young lust.

In college, I worked at Los Angeles' New Beverly Cinema, a luscious revival house on Beverly Boulevard, where I took in Last Tango for the first time, and flirted with the projectionist during inappropriate films such as Sid and Nancy and Repo Man. (But maybe the films weren’t inappropriate. Maybe it was simply inappropriate to taunt the cute projectionist because I already had a boyfriend.)

I’ll even admit that I had sex at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater during the movie Seven. I was wearing a plaid black-and-white school girl skirt with chrome hardware, a knee-length leather coat, thigh-high stockings, battered Docs, and a tight red Sex Pistols t-shirt. Perhaps it’s not sex in the movies that appeals to me, but sex in movie theaters!

That said, I do possess some treasured erotic movie scenes memorized forever…

Mulholland Drive: The scene in which Naomi Watts is auditioning. Christ, I could watch that over and over. Endlessly.

Secretary: Ripe with sexy interactions of my personal number-one fetish, but my favorite moment comes near the very end, when she is naked and he is tracing his fingers over her body. Worshipping her in spite of her scars. Or because of them.

Paris, France: Love the scene where he has her masturbate by the mantle, telling her not to look at him. Again, an odd sort of flick, rather disturbing, but sexy.

Apartment Zero: Neighbor confesses to Jack (Hart Bochner) how she felt when she lost her daddy. He says, “What does Daddy’s little girl need?” And I go fucking weak in the knees.

Something Wild: Jeff Daniels is handcuffed to the bed, forced to talk to his boss on the phone while Melanie Griffith teases him mercilessly. Yeah, I'm partial to the Ray Liotta bad boy character in the flick, but this is a hot scene.

Betty Blue: The opening few minutes. That's all I have to say.

The Hunger: The whole movie is filled with lush sexuality, but I like the opening. Bauhaus, Bowie, and Catherine DeNeuve. What more could you ask for?

Too Beautiful for You: (You knew I was going to get Gerard Depardieu into my lineup, didn’t you?) He’s on the bottom, she’s on top, and they’ve just screwed themselves silly. He tells her to control herself… but he doesn’t mean it. “Stop,” he says. “I’ll stop,” she says. “Do it some more,” he says seconds later… "I'll do it some more," she says.

I know there are many, many more. But now it’s your turn. Tell me your favorite scenes…(or favorite movie theater memories, if you’re a Cinema Slut like I am).

XXX,
Alison
alisontyler.blogspot.com

P.S. And if you'd like to read erotica about watching movies... check out these two stories by Simon Sheppard and Thomas S. Roche.

50 comments:

Portia Da Costa said...

Mmmm... I love THE HUNGER! It's one of my all time favourite films, and I think I'm going to have to pull out the DVD and watch it again ASAP! I also love SECRETARY, and I remember enjoying BETTY BLUE too. Haven't seem some of the others... but another fave of mine - and rather obvious - is BASIC INSTINCT. It's *not* the actual sex scenes I find erotic as much as the music, the moodiness and the overall film noir sheen of the entire movie. Oh, and Catherine Trammell... she's just awesome. I barely notice that Michael Douglas is in it! LOL

Anonymous said...

Just to mention a recent one, there's a scene in The Libertine in which Johnny Depp's character shares an intense moment with the woman he falls deeply in love with. It shows basically his gorgeous hands and her back. Breathtaking.

Cheers,

Tessa

Karl Friedrich Gauss said...

Sexy Cinema, or should that be “Sinema”:

Michaelangelo Antonini's “Blow Up” springs to mind. Photographer David Bailey's swinging 60s London scene was a trip -- with decidedly sexual overtones. I saw it in the theatre as a teenager, dating myself in both senses of the term.

I remember going to see Eric Rohmer's “Claire's Knee” at Cinematheque. The male protaganist spends the whole movie getting to “first base” -- touching Claire's knee. But the story never lags. It's full of erotic tension. I think this might be one of the series of Rohmer's moral fables, which include “My Night at Maud's”. In Rohmer's erotic universe, less is always more and the real action takes place in the imaginations of the characters and the audience.

Adrian Lyne's “Nine and a Half Weeks” is quite possibly the sexiest movie of all time. Kim Basinger's character is clearly out of her depth in Mickey Rourke's sex and dominance games. I only wish we'd have seen her get the spanking he promised.

Stanley Kubrick's “Eyes Wide Shut” is memorable for it's scenes of impersonal sex among the rich and anonymous, but it's Nicole Kidman who is the more enduring sex love object here. The confluence of power/wealth and sexuality is the uniting theme -- power and weath as a metaphor for dominance and submission, or is that vice versa.

Alison Tyler said...

I saw 9 1/2 Weeks at the same theater where I watched the Mad Max movies. My date hated the film and walked out, leaving me momentarily conflicted: should I stay or should I go? Ultimately, I stayed, of course, too mesmerized by Mickey Rourke to leave.

And, Wendy, would you believe Catherine Trammell has her own myspace page?

Mathilde Madden said...

Bah. I'm no help. I don't watch films much. I watch a lot of television instead. I don't suppose the making of the Dieux du Stade calendar DVD counts, does it?

But some things do stick. There is a scene at the opening of the truly awful mess of a film 'Feeder' which is sort of about some bloke getting obsessed with *huge* women. Except it is not really about that becasue that would be interesting. It is more about how really bad a film can be. But all that comes later. In the opening scene the obsessed Feeder guy comes home to his girlfriend - who is one of those enormous bed ridden women you see on those daytime shows and he has all these hamburgers and he strips off and he brings her the hamburgers. This is the first scene before you know the guy is quite pugly from the front. He is cute from the back though. And naked. And with burgers. And his girlfriend just lies around in bed. And he's nude. With food. Mmm. Seriously, I am not being flippant - that honestly flipped my switch. A service submission thing, probably.

But, promise me, turn the DVD off after that because seriously, just, no. Not because of the subject matter just because it is supremely bad. And when he turns around you forget how cute his arse is forever.

Also, there is a scene in another bad film - Bad Girls. Girl cowboys - see, again, should be good shouldn't it? Isn't.

You are perhaps now understanding why I don't like films.

But cowboy-girl heroine's bf gets kidnapped by bad guys and they give him a nice severe beating up and then sort of chuck him out of their fortress of evil and she is outside and he is all tied up and staggering and his face is all bloody and she runs to help him walk and it is just mmm, gah. Hurt - comfort. mmm-hmm.

Y'all think I'm weird now, right?

Oh yeah, Fight Club. The punchy bits.

Anonymous said...

The Hunger, mmm, yes.

Bound is also good for getting the juices flowing. The actual sex scenes are good, but the foreplay with the sink and the interrupted seduction, oh boy!

Depending on your tastes in bodies there's probably someone you like in The Matrix movies in skin tight clingy black leather or PVC too. There's little obvious sexiness, but something in that whole lot of movies is just very appealing to me. The dance in the cavern when they're reaffirming life at the start of one of them (the second?) hits all kinds of buttons for me. Again it's not overtly sexual, but it's sexy as hell.

Continuing that theme, one for Mathilde if she watched it. In The Tenth Kingdom, the scene when the heroine is playing with Mr. Wolf's tail, and brushing it the wrong way... sex on a stick. Maybe not quite as much as Carrie-Anne in the PVC, but mmmmmm :)

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite scenes is from Bull Durham. first (before the sexy sex scene) is the part when Crash (kevin costner) tells Annie (susan sarandon) what he believes in: Well, I believe in the soul. The cock. The pussy. The small of a woman's back. The hanging curveball. High fiber. Good scotch. That the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a Constitution Amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas eve. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days...Goodnight."

i LOVE this quote. perhaps it is partly b/c my husband is a big giant baseball fan, but it's just so - WOW for me. anyway, the scene is at the end of the movie. when in the kitchen, crash sweeps everything off the table - milk flies everywhere, then they move to the bathroom, candles are doused, then he's painting her toenails. i loved it.

i have more, but don't have the time right now. thank you for a fun post, alison.

*beam*
kiki

kristina lloyd said...

When Jack Nicholson does Jessica Lange on the kitchen table in The Postman Always Rings Twice.

So frenzied, so raw, so ... floury.

Love it.

Madelynne Ellis said...

Let's see, there's Dangerous Liasions and Gothic, too many scenes to mention. There's the ballroom scene in Labyrinth, with Bowie in that coat and everything strangely distorted. Then there's Bowie in school uniform in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, very hot.

Bound, yep. The Secretary, didn't do anything for me, I'm afraid.

Oh, and then there's the very scrummy man in the forest in Company of Wolves, and Antonio Banderas getting all hot, sweaty and bloody in Desperado, and I have to mention Velvet Goldmine... the costumes, the m/m kisses... phew!

Okay, one final one is the anime, Ai no kusabi... some absolutely scorching m/m bdsm scenes in that. Very inspiring

Janine Ashbless said...

I'm going to have to watch The Hunger, by the looks of things.

Running the gamut from the subtle to the, er, not...

Antonio Banderas dancing in the fountain in Evita:Two seconds of pure sweetness and joy.

The kiss in The Whole Wide World.

The 'Don Juan' Opera scene in Phantom of the Opera. Yes, obviously because it stars Gerard Butler, but that really is a very dirty song.

The slideshow in 9 1/2 Weeks. Actually yes,the whole film is hot.

The ejaculation scene in Nine Songs. Pass that man a bucket.

Mathilde, I'm totally with you on the fight-hurt-comfort thing ... (Is this the acceptable face of female sadism? ;-))We can be weird together. Here's my nerdy TV favourite: the Ranger Marcus Cole going out and getting the living crap beaten out of him, in order to protect Delenn from the other Minbari, in Babylon 5. You can't beat a good self-sacrificing hero, I say ... except that in this case you patently can.

Alison Tyler said...

Oh, yes, the slideshow was my favorite part of 9 1/2 Weeks, too, Janine. I'm taking notes now because there are a whole slew here I haven't seen!

I get worried sometimes that movies I adored the first time around won't live up to reviewing. I loved White Palace, but can't remember any specifics. (And why do Bowie and James Spader appear in multiple favorites, I wonder? Oh, and Susan Sarandon, too -- White Palace, Bull Durham, the Hunger, and Rocky Horror -- which is a flick that I find sexy, as well.)

Now, just need to schedule the time to view all of these!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, my. Here I am in Vegas, Sin City, USA, which is the diametric opposite of sensual, despite the myriad depictions of T&A on every street corner and billboard.

I knew if I visited Lbites I'd find something arousing. I really need to stop reading so much romance and erotica, and start viewing more films once again. Of course, then I wouldn't have had time to start "Sex...and Shopping," which I can't seem to put down...

Shanna Germain said...

Wow, now I have a whole new list of movies to watch...And I might have to do it soon, since we're all snowed in here in the northwest, and there's no better way to warm up than to cuddle under the blankets by the fire and watch sexy movies!

Secretary probably tops my list, but here are a few others of mine that I don't think have been mentioned yet:

--The Piano. It's his tatoos and her desire (not for him, but for the piano), the undercurrent of power plays.

--Walk on the Moon. One of my fave all-time movies, and the scene with Diane Lane and Viggo M. in the waterfall. *shiver*

--Out of Sight. Wasn't a great movie, but George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez (who I rarely like) smolder every second.

--A History of Violence. Yes, Viggo again. This time with Maria Bello (who plays his wife) saying, "We never got to be teenagers together. I'm gonna fix that." She looks to-die-for in her cheerleader outfit, and there’s a 69-scene that’s not to be missed.

Portia Da Costa said...

Oh, I love that kiss in The Whole Wide World! So romantic... mmm...

Madelynne Ellis said...

I've thought of another one I have to mention - Don Juan de Marco. Johnny Depp at his melts in the mouth best.

Shanna Germain said...

Oh, while we're at it, I thought I'd ask about turn-off scenes. What scenes were supposed to be sexy that have totally turned you off?

I know for me (and I know I'm probably the only one in the world), but any close-up kissing scene that involves a man with a mustache just forces me to go in the other room. (The only exception to that is the near-kiss scene in Pirates 2 (where Johnny Depp is, if I remember correctly, handcuffed to some part of the boat)).

Nikki Magennis said...

How serendipitidoudus. I've just had a couple of friends round who both work in film and we've been drinking tea and talking movies all afternoon.

One of the girls was talking about a film with Monsieur Depardieu, about a woman who couldn't orgasm. He and the two other leads' mission was to get the girl to come. Anyone know the name? I think I might need to see it...

And ah, movies. I don't have a TV, so Mathilde you and I are polar opposites when it comes to viewing habits. I can watch three films in a row and then go to the cinema. I love the smell, I love the muffled darkness and the excitement as the lights dip. I love the huge, beautiful people up on the screen. Acres of golden flesh, performing for you. As for sexy:

'The beat that my heart skipped' - did I already mention that? Tension, half naked piano playing, a moody Frenchman as lead. What's not to love?

Last Tango, of course. Such reckless, intense scenes. Yes, Secretary, yes Y tu Mama.

Here's my weirdo one - St Trinian's. The older girls were always so up for it, and would pounce on the gardener/train driver/physics teacher with deliciously titillating enthusiasm.

Actually, Carry On films can do it for me with a kind of awful kitsch sexiness. (Now I really am ashamed)...and...Sinbad the sailor. All the B-movies I grew up watching in technicolour. The swashbuckling heroes and red-lipped swooning heroines.

Vampire flicks, comic book martial arts movies - how come no-one's said James Bond yet? James Bond. 'Arty' flicks with lots of raw, dangerous sexuality.

Oh good lord, I could go on forever. Alison, let's open a little filmhouse and just screen all our favourite films, okay?

Reel Fanatic said...

Great stuff .. That Betty Blue has to be about the sexiest movie ever made, but there are two others that I just adore too .. Lopez and Clooney are so hot in Out of Sight, and I also just love Beseiged, with Thandie Newton and David Thewlis

Gwen said...

I absolutely love Unfaithful. Diane Lane just oooooozes sexuality! The scene where she is on the train, remembering the first time in bed with her new lover -- that gets me every time. I wore out the VHS and now I'm going to have to buy the DVD, so I can watch it even more. *wicked naughty grin*

Alison Tyler said...

I've thought of another... but it's been years since I've seen this one. And although I've searched, have only come up with the VHS version. Has anyone else seen Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands? The book was amazing, too.

Sabrina Luna said...

Oh! Movies! Shanna, babe, I'm with ya on Viggo Mortensen! Walk on the Moon is worth fast forwarding thru for his love scenes with Diane Lane!!! Too hot!

Last year's Indie film SHORTBUS was full of real sex --yes, the actors really did their own stunts! Plus it's a cool film --y'all must try to see. ;)

Mathilde Madden said...

My trouble with this question is that I get *obsessed*. And when I am *obsessed* I cannot think about other sexy things. I remember being younger and being obsessed with the Rocky Horror Show. I have recently been very and painfully obsessed with the character Angel from the TV show. At the moment I am obsessed with Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica.

Everytime I try and think of a good solid sexy movie scene to share I just think of Gaius. But if I even showed you a scene you probably wouldn't get why he is so sexy. Because you are not obsessed. Also, it is very hard to talk about past obsessions because after they are gone the level of my obsession always seems faintly embarrassing.

Nikki - I usually watch TV on DVD. I like being able to watch when I want. I don't watch much broadcast TV. TV drama is so amazing right now I don't care much for films. They just can't compete. The character development and arc plots are so much more rewarding in TV drama. Plus, I am a geek. I geek out hardcore.

Anonymous said...

but what about Two Moon Junction!?! that was ALLLLL kinds of sexy when i was in college - i'm sort of afraid to see it again for fear that it wouldn't be the movie i remember it being - you know, it's only been....uh....god...19 years.

and The Piano - absolutely!

kiki

Stacey said...

One of the first soft core films I ever saw was at the request of a boy in high school that I wanted very badly. So I snuck "Wild Orchid" into a batch of videos from the store down the street and watched it late at night after my parents had gone to bed. By the time I had finished it, I got him on the phone and talked dirty to him until he met me in the garden outside to scratch the itch that damn movie had left me with. So say what you want about the lack of plot and the bad acting by the female lead, Rourke and the final sex scene alone were well worth the risk. That and a little stucco burn on the back.

Oh and while the sex scenes in Dangerous Liasons were beautiful, if you're really twisted? "Quills" is the way to go. Geoffrey Rush plays the Marquis de Sade in Prison and Kate Winslet a serving girl, complete with corsets. The ending is really awful, but you can't look away either.

Alison Tyler said...

Nikki,

I think you might be talking about "Going Places," with Gerard Depardieu. But he's been in about 170 movies, so that might not be it. If my memory is correct, Miou-Miou is frigid in this film. I recall very much liking this film, but people seem to either love it or hate it. (Actually, that's true with a lot of the ones on my list.) The plot keywords on Amazon are: Rebellion, Sex, Train, Suicide, Murder, Escape -- which to me makes it work seeing again. :)

XXX,
Alison

P.S. Kiki, can you believe I haven't seen The Piano? Must run right out and rent it.

Jenny said...

How about Red Shoe Diaries? The whole damn movie? No? Okay, one scene where the chick is walking down the street and the camera cuts to Billy Worth (praise Jesus!) using a jack hammer and Richie Sambora's guitar sounds. Then Richie Sambora starts singing, "You never really knowwwww..." God. That makes my eyes roll in the back of my head!

Two Moon Junction when the chick gets on her knees in front of the Carney and he's got this really big bulge in his jeans and she bites him (not hard) through the denim.

Oh yes. Now I'm gonna go attack my boyfriend!

Anonymous said...

Ali,
Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands is a masterpiece in its style in my country, I mean, where the movie was made. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Cheers,

Tessa

Anonymous said...

Speaking as a fellow geek, my only issue with Gaius is that I despise him. I can see moody sexy. I can even sympathise with him not knowing and following his dick (for Tricia Helfer wouldn't you if you were a man, or even just bi-curious? To emphasise my geek credentials a bit more I read an interview with the director of the series (after the mini-series. The director's comment: there were a lot of better actresses that auditioned, none have that 'men stop thinking above the pelvis' quality she oozes. She makes a fair proportion of the lesbian population ooze too in just the same way.)

Having spent this afternoon rewatching The Two Towers special edition, and feeling a bit soppy and rather sorry for myself, the scene when Viggo and Liv are dreaming of each other and kissing each other and he cradles her face and plays with her ears with his fingertips. It's far from traditionally sexy, but it got me all hot and bothered this afternoon.

For those that love Viggo, 28 days (with Sandra Bullock) features Viggo as a sex-addict in therapy, Ms. B is there as a junky, and there's a few shots of him failing to beat his addiction. For kiki, he's a baseball player (a pitcher if that's the right word) and he practises throwing balls at things in the woods too, and gets all hot and sweaty.

Shanna Germain said...

Oh, I just thought of two more (boy this is fun!)

Both in the same vein...er...theme.

The first, that scene from Roadhouse where Patrick Swayze holds her up against the wall during sex. (Now, granted, I haven't seen this in, like, forever, so don't kill me if it's really bad in reality. It's just one of those memory films).

More recent is from The Fast and the Furious. Horrible movie, really. But I fell in love with Vin Diesel in Pitch Black (oh, my, my, those eyes...), so I had to check it out. Only scene worth it (and WELL worth it) is when he's with Michelle Rodriguez (also incredible, from "Girl Fight") and she's wearing these leather pants. Jesus. It about killed me.

Anonymous said...

That scene in Fight Club where Edward Norton in crouching at the door of Brad Pitt's bedroom, listening to some very clear rough-sex sounds. Suddenly Pitt yanks the door open, naked but for a pair of latex gloves. In the hazy background, a well-fucked Helena Bonham Carter falls off the bed.

After confronting Norton, Pitt turns to slam the door. "Who was that?" asks a dazed Carter, stumbling back onto the bed.

"Shut up," answers Pitt, just as the door closes.

Oooooh, so so so hot.

Dayle A. Dermatis said...

Sirens. It's all about sex and art v. repression and religion. It's got Sam Neill. It's got Elle MacPherson naked and licking stilton off her fingers and...

The Age of Innocence. Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer wanting each other sooooo bad...

And my embarrassing confession, Top Gun. Maybe because my first boyfriend was obssessed with it and I saw it too many times. But oh, when Kelly McGillis walks in and all you see are her seamed stockings, and then there's that car/motorcycle "chase" scene and they confront each other and there are sparks everywhere, and then "Take My Breath Away" is playing...

Even though it's TV and not movies, Buffy and Spike. She found the only man strong enough and willing enough to throw her around and give her what she really wants...

Anonymous said...

sirens! i had totally forgotten about that one. if i'm remembering correctly, that one also has the nearly blind hunky helper who is masterbating by the water, right? and the wife of the - er - minister (hugh)? i can't believe i forgot that movie! so much sexiness...thanks for the reminder!!

*beam*
-kiki

Dayle A. Dermatis said...

Kiki--yes, that's the one! Although...is the handyman really blind? And yes, it's the wife (played by Tara Fitzgerald) of the minister (Hugh Grant) who has her sexual awakening in the movie. Yum on so many levels!

Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks Alison. Anything with a character called Miou-Miou is alright with me...

And Shanna - Roadhouse! I snuck into that underage and remember the up-against-the-wall scene very vividly!

As for everyone else's suggestions - I'm queuing them up to hire!

Jenny said...

Sliver! when he shoves up against the pole.

Fiona Locke said...

Yes, that empty threat in 9 1/2 Weeks with no spanking frustrates me immensely! So everyone loves the slideshow scene? Hmm... I'll take the food scene myself!

Eyes Wide Shut: The opening shot. The woman is perfection. Full stop.

Live Nude Girls: Lots of nice spanking chat and a cutesy Godfather-themed spanking.

Husbands and Lovers: Another yummy spanking scene and a way hot premise. Julian Sands agrees to let his wife Joanna Pacula have a lover as long as she shares with him all the details. In one scene she abandons her lover to meet her husband in secret, remarking how it feels like their roles have been reversed, that she's cheating on her lover with her husband.

And here's my dark horse...

Dressed to Kill: The slow predatory stalking at the museum before Angie Dickinson cops it in the elevator. The tension just goes on and on!

Alison Tyler said...

A few of the ones I was sure we'd hear about...

Last Seduction (can't remember it at all)
Body Heat (isn't there a scene in a tub?)
No Way Out (the limo)
Intimacy (they did their own stunts!)
Henry and June (can't remember this either)
Damage (didn't see it)
True Romance (very sexy scene with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette)

And one I think I liked: Nathalie (with Gerard Depardieu, yes, but also with the striking Emmanuelle Beart)

Oh, and Nikki, Miou Miou is in a film called La Lectrice, which I also remember being very sexy. The cover on Amazon looks hot.

Karl Friedrich Gauss said...

Since you folks are dragging in TV as well, I can't let this opportunity go by without a word for my first S&M media crush, from before I even knew what sex was: Diana Rigg, from the orginal "Avengers" British detective series. Who knew she was a Shakespearean actress in a past life? And who cared? She cut such a dashing figure as the black-leather-clad dominatrix of the bad guys. And her stiff upper lip sidekick (what's his name) hit the perfect counterpointal note. All gone now, except for re-runs on DVD. But that's life: "short, nasty, and British". And did I mention, ironic? It was like those two (Diana and "Mr. Steed") had a standing joke between them throughout the entire series. Only in adulthood did I figure out what it was: They were dishing out S&M porn in the guise of detective drama.

Karl Friedrich Gauss said...

38 comments. That must be some kind of record, Alison, even for such a comment-happy site as this congregation of writers.

Yes, I saw Henry and June. Somehow it was not as sexy as one might have expected. I guess the art of eroticism has evolved since the time of Henry Miller and Anaiis Nin.

Anonymous said...

It's surprising no one has come up with Almodovar's great ones: Ata- Me (Tie Me) and Entre Las Piernas (Between The Legs). Such beautiful movies.

Cheers,

Tessa

Shanna Germain said...

Tessa,

That's the movie also known as "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down!" right? I kid you not, this was both the first foreign film AND the first erotic film I remember seeing.

But do you know, to this day, the only things I can remember are 1. The boy who took me to see it (brave, brave teenage soul) and 2. That they actually showed the girls peeing. NEVER in an American film would they stoop to show girls peeing. I was wonderfully shocked :)

s.

Barry said...

Alison, this is an addictive subject...

I like a lot of the scenes and films already mentioned. For a slightly different take, here are my top three screen kisses:

Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver in The Year of Living Dangerously (the whole film is sexy, but the kiss is off the charts).

Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis in Witness (so much repressed attraction beforehand, the kiss is an explosion, a liberation).

Mel Gibson and Sofie Marceau in Braveheart (if I told you how many times I've watched that scene, you wouldn't believe me... "Why do you help me?" "Because of the way you are looking at me"... damn!)

Okay, time to break out a few DVDs...

:-)
Barry

Alison Tyler said...

I did love Bravehart, but I'll have to watch it again for that scene. I think there may be a whole different sub-category in this: sexiest screen kisses...

I'm partial to the one in Some Like it Hot between Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. He says:

"I've got a funny sensation in my toes, like someone was barbecuing them over a slow flame."

She says: "Let's throw another log on the fire."

Nikki Magennis said...

Oh! YES! Some like it hot, definitely very sexy. I forgot about that one...

Anonymous said...

That's right, Shanna, There's also the peeing scene which was unforgetable. I was not sure about the title in English for I watched the original.
Now Entre Las Piernas won't let you down either.
And european and latin movies are actually a lot more daring in my opinion.
Cheers,
Tessa

Karl Friedrich Gauss said...

Here's a link to a trailer for 9 1/2 weeks:
http://www.commeaucinema.com/news.php3?nominfos=2204&Rub=BA

Suzanne Portnoy said...

I loved Ellen Barkin and Dennis Quaid in The Big Easy, writhing on a bed together in a hot New Orleons hotel room, both fully clothed. Steamy.

Alison Tyler said...

i loved that scene, too, Suzanne! So damn hot...

Anonymous said...

How about The Lover? I snuck into the theater to watch it twice...

Alison Tyler said...

I saw the Lover, too. But now I can't remember it very well. I read the book, also. As I recall, it was very lush. Did you sneak in because you were underage?