Anyone with a pulse knows that in most contexts sex can make a movie a lot less dull. Desire, after all, fuels the cinematic experience; it pulls us into the screen like voyeurs. Yet on social media a not-marginal opposition to sex in the movies has taken off among some film buffs, whose quibbles go hand-in-hand with a more general decline in sexuality on the big screen. Their rationale? But is a movie necessarily better because it delivers a fat-free narrative stripped down to its essential plot points? In The Terminator, Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese share one glorious night of passion that leads to the conception of future resistance leader and franchise mainstay John Connor.
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As authors from Chaucer to Hollinghurst have shown, sex reveals our emotions, instincts and morals. T here is a widely held belief, among English-language writers, that sex is impossible to write about well — or at least much harder to write about well than anything else. One of the glories of being a writer in English is that two of our earliest geniuses, Chaucer and Shakespeare, wrote of the sexual body so exuberantly, claiming it for literature and bringing its vocabulary — including all those wonderful four-letter words — into the texture of our literary language. More than this, surely it is absurd to claim that a central activity of human life, a territory of feeling and drama, is off-limits to art.
Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana. The Franco-Italian romance starring Marlon Brando centered on a couple that conducts an anonymous sexual relationship in an unfurnished apartment in Paris. Watch here. Some of the scenes border on assault, and at one point the couple even has sex after stabbing another man in the buttocks. The movie was based on the real-life sexual relationships among Anais Nin, famed author Henry Miller, and his wife June Miller.
To explain the special strength of "High Art," it is necessary to begin with the people who live in the apartment above Syd and James. There's a shifting population in the upstairs flat, since drugs are involved, but the permanent inhabitants are Lucy, who was a famous photographer 10 years ago; Greta, who once starred in Fassbinder films; and Arnie, an unfocused layabout who's along for the ride, and the heroin. Syd has just been made an associate editor of a New York photo magazine--the kind with big pages, where you have to read the small print to tell the features from the ads. She goes upstairs because there's a leak coming through the ceiling, and walks into the sad, closed, claustrophobic life of the heroin users.