From high-speed, high-impact orgasms to exploring the erotic potential of leg braces, the sex scenes here manage to be both icky and disconcertingly arousing. But if there was ever a film that challenged the notion of art versus porn, it was this one. Courtesy of Everett Collection. The almost documentary-like feel of their tryst earned Wexler's movie an X, though he'd claim that the rating was more reflective of the political rage he portrayed onscreen. Porn did not play at the New York Film Festival — so the fact that the presitigious event would program Nagisa Oshima's look at a real-life murder case involving a maid, her employer and their all-consuming sexual frenzy meant it was not porn, right? British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom A Mighty Heart updated the arthouse erotica of the s for the mid-aughts by framing this roughhewn romantic tale as a mash-up of contemporary indie rock and explicit penetrative sex.
Arden. Age: 21.
So the director enlisted newcomer Maria Schneider and, in a casting coup, Marlon Brando — with the latter quickly turning this tale into a riveting, expansive meditation on his own screen image.
Tiffany. Age: 27.
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Is this an honest look at the growing love and eventual heartbreak between two young women? Before Andrew Haigh created the HBO comedy hit Looking , he made this movie about two men hooking up over a long weekend. But if there was ever a film that challenged the notion of art versus porn, it was this one. It may not have been as momentous as Stravinsky's The Rites of Spring as Pauline Kael notoriously claimed at the time , but Bernardo Bertolucci's seminal film was a watershed how sex was depicted on film.