10 June, 2008

More Movie Nudity

The Loss of Sexual Innocence

This is a breathtaking arthouse-style film with beautiful filmography, that weaves through a handful of nonlinear stories that may or may not depict different stages of one person's life (not everything that happens is clearly explained - but it's the impact it has on you that matters) - but each story deals with the concept of losing one's sexual innocence, in different senses during different periods of one's life, and the feeling of guilt that sometimes accompanies such experiences.

This film is truly a beautiful piece of work, and I recommend it highly. There are a wealth of emotional scenes, and the film's climax totally blew me away. The nudity mostly comes in during the one story which depicts the fable of the Garden of Eden - in a sense the most basic and original loss of sexual innocence. Adam and Eve emerge from some sort of pond, and then spend some time happily and innocently exploring the world around them, completely naked, with the wonder of newborn children, before finally happening on a bush with a snake in it. After eating the fruit from the bush, as expected, their sexual drive is awakened, and after exploring it adequately, there is a powerful scene in which the couple are driven out of the garden in pouring rain by fascists and their dogs, and then forced to put on clothes in front of a ravenous paparazzi.

Like I said, it's a beautiful, amazing film.


This was an entertaining film co-starring Sam "Dr. Alan Grant" Neill as the liberated Australian painter Norman Lindsay, set back in the first half of the last century. A young, uptight, Christian, bourgeois couple are asked to visit the artist in an attempt to persuade him to choose some more appropriate pieces for an exhibition in some museum/art gallery in England. Among the pieces originally chosen and deemed "vulgar" by the uptight authorities is a beautiful painting depicting the figure of Venus being crucified.

It turns out that Norman Lindsay is a deliciously free thinker, and has no qualms about nudity and sexuality, and is in fact quite averse to traditional Christian philosophy. In fact, there are three beautiful models living on his estate in Australia, and they regularly pose nude for the artist. Well, you can imagine the amusing situations that develop between the uptight couple and the liberated "bohemians" - but it's not all fun and games. The wife undergoes a major transformation as she discovers a new kind of freedom and becomes, to a degree, sexually liberated.

It's all very inspiring, and there are some beautiful dreamlike sequences. The nudity isn't /too/ major, but there are a number of scenes here and there where the girls (and even one of the guys) will take their clothes off, mostly in the art studio to pose, or down by the creek, and although the film does explore the concept of sexuality, I'd say that most of the nudity works in a nonsexual context, which, again, is refreshing. Additionally, there are a few scenes where the artist and the bourgeois argue about how harmful nudity and sexuality really is, and whether society is really going to hell in a handbasket, and lots of good philosophy like that.

It's a good movie, and I recommend it. It was entertaining, and despite the weight of the issues it deals with, it comes off feeling rather light, but not like the experience was insignificant. And the transformation of the one woman from uptight prude to free spirit is fascinating to witness.

Lie With Me

I tacked this title on to my buy list on a whim. It's the story of a nympho who learns to love (as opposed to, you know, just fucking). The best way I can describe it is that it feels like a porno for chicks. Like something you'd expect to see on Lifetime After Dark, if such a thing existed. The lead actress /was/ pretty hot, if slutty, and there was plenty of sex, but some of the sexiest scenes were ruined by either emotional melodrama, or too much manflesh...

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