History of Sex in Cinema:
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description|
Darling (1965, UK)
Director John Schlesinger's film was shocking and cutting edge in its day with scenes involving loose sexuality, betrayal, bisexuality/transvestism, serial bed-hopping and infidelity, age difference, pregnancy and abortion.
It told the life story, in flashback and voice-over (in an article being prepared for a women's magazine), of jet-setting Italian princess Diana Scott (Best Actress Oscar-winning Julie Christie) living at an Italian villa after marrying a prince. She had an upper middle-class upbringing, and grew up spoiled because she was always considered a beautiful "darling."
A carefree, hedonistic London Swinging 60s amoral fashion model and playgirl after being discovered on the street by a reporter, the cool, emancipated beauty was married to immature Tony Bridges (Trevor Rowen) - it was a failed marriage (he sought an official divorce in the midst of the many affairs she was having) - during which time she met and fell in love with married, cultured, hard-working television journalist Robert Gold (Dirk Bogarde). They had a secretive affair and first slept together in a hotel room, when he told her: "It's the first time I've felt real for a long time." He left his wife Estelle (Pauline Yates) and children and moved into a London apartment with her.
During this time, she also experienced a flirtatious fling with dissolute horror movie executive Miles Brand (Laurence Harvey), who gave her a bit part in his movie Jacqueline. Soon after, however, she became pregnant with Robert's child - and then aborted ("I realized it was going to be the ruination of my career, messing up people's lives: you know, mine, Robert's, everybodys") - and told Robert: "I don't want anything to do with sex again as long as I live." She separated from him briefly while recuperating in the country with relatives, and then returned to him, but found herself bored and unfulfilled.
Diana had sex with playboyish Miles in his plush apartment (although appeared to take discomfort in oral sex), and then accompanied him as a jet-setter to Paris for one of his wild decadent parties with his transvestite cross-dressing friends (the participants played a "truth game" - dancing in a circle in the light of a projector, while disrobing). When she returned to London, possessively-jealous Robert was angered by her lying and infidelity, and told her in the film's most famous line:
After Robert broke up with her and moved out, calling her "trivial and shallow," she platonically partnered with homosexual photographer Malcolm (Roland Curram), becoming the "Happiness Girl," and soon was in Italy filming candy company commercials at the villa of refined Italian widower Prince Cesare Della Romita (José-Luis de Vilallonga), a rich yacht owner with seven children. During her stay in Italy, she went on a holiday to Capri with Malcolm, and cautioned him: "We are not complicating our holiday with any disgusting sexcapades" (although they both had separate one-night flings with a male waiter). Later, she confided in Malcolm: "I could do without sex. Don't really like it that much."
The Prince vainly proposed marriage to her, but after her return to London, she broke her sleazy association with Miles and decided to accept the Prince's marriage proposal. She found her loveless married life in the villa affluent, but utterly boring and frustrating - she walked through the many rooms to her bedroom, stripping as she went (viewed nude from the backside), and unhappily threw herself on her bed. [It was the first Oscar-winning performance with a nude scene for an actress.]
During her husband's business trip (?) to Rome, she contacted Robert and returned to London one last time to sleep with the "easily seduced" love of her life. She fancifully told him:
But he dashed her dreams of reuniting: "We're not going back to anything, you know. This was just for old times' sake." He rejected her profession of love and request for "one more chance." As he drove her back to the airport, she half-heartedly threatened to commit suicide by throwing herself from the moving car: "If I can't be with you, I don't want to be alive," but resumed her princess-duties upon arrival.
The film ironically ended with her life story on the cover of IDEAL WOMAN magazine, on sale at corner news-stands in London.
The Defilers (1965)
Director-cinematographer R. Lee Frost's disturbing, low-budget, definitive grindhouse "roughie" film (by producer David F. Friedman, now split from Herschell Gordon Lewis) was deliberately made to counter the "nudie-cutie" films of the time - with some nudity, but mostly added violence and griminess.
It was reportedly based on a true story - about two wealthy, immoral, spoiled, and hedonistic men, Carl Walker, Jr. (Byron Mabe) and Jameison Marsh (Jerome Eden). In the opening credits sequence while cruising in their convertible, they picked up four sex partners/dates and spent the day at the beach. While lying on a towel, the misogynistic Walker asserted to Jim:
When the sun went down, Marsh began to make out with well-built blonde date Ellen (Carol Dark), and untied the straps on both parts of her bikini:
While Walker was with a second date, the two others who were left alone went topless for skinny-dipping.
Known for being creepy and cruel at times, on another occasion, Walker led brunette Kathy (Linda Cochran) down into a dark basement of an abandoned warehouse (a "secret dungeon"). In the back of his convertible parked outside, Marsh made out with busty blonde Ellen again. After removing her bra, he asked: "Wanna feel my muscle? Start the countdown" - before they stretched out and had sex in the back seat.
Meanwhile in the basement, Walker joked with Kathy that he kept "love prisoners" in the dungeon, and downplayed the less than romantic, dingy accommodations. He boasted:
He slapped and assaulted her when she talked back to him and asserted that he should "lay off the rough stuff." Although she valiantly fought him off, he ripped off her clothes, telling her she needed "old-fashioned discipline" (a vicious spanking of her bare bottom that left welts after he pulled down her black panties). And then surprisingly, she surrendered: "Don't stop," and kissed him as the camera panned upwards before they had sex. In only a few moments, she had become his loving girlfriend, and afterwards, they continued to get together for sex.
The two were introduced to young, naive yet sexy blonde Los Angeles newcomer (from Minnesota) and aspiring actress/model Jane Collins (Swedish actress Mai Jansson) by their creepy apartment manager Mrs. Olson (Mimi Marlowe). To satiate their cravings for kicks during a "scouting trip," the two first spied on Jane as she undressed and took a bubble bath in her apartment.
Almost immediately, they kidnapped her (they told her they were going to a "real Hollywood-style party") and held her prisoner in the basement where they made the defenseless woman their sex slave. They psychologically and physically abused her, and talked about her as enslaved: "You belong to us now, dig? We own you body and soul, to do with as we like, when we like. And you're gonna be here for a long, long time, maybe forever. So you might as well start getting comfortable."
Trapped, she was stripped of her dress to reveal her underwear, and then viciously slapped to comply. Degraded and abused over a period of time, Jane was imprisoned in the basement, where she was raped, almost starved and beaten. At one point, when Jim was put off by his girlfriend, he visited Jane for sex - and she was forced to submit to him (off-screen).
With pressure from an increasingly-squeamish Jim, however, Walker agreed to "spring our little jailbird." In the basement, Jim promised Jane freedom, and a new dress and dinner, to forgive them for their mistreatment (he called her imprisonment "a game...it's sort of like acting out a movie").
Carl had a different idea - he tied up Jane, and thrashed her with his belt, while Jim pleaded and stood up to Carl's brutality: "Stop, you'll kill her...It's not fun anymore. Look, she's bleeding...Carl, you're sick." The two engaged in a no-holds-barred fist-fight, falling at one point onto the bed where Jane laid motionless. The struggle ended when Carl was accidentally pushed into a projecting sharp nail in the wall, and it went straight into his forehead. Jim promised an unconscious Jane he would go get help, as he raced from the basement - and the downer film abruptly ended.
Marsh Making Out at the Beach and in the Back of the Convertible with Ellen
Skinny-Dipping at Beach
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director David Lean's magnificent epic featured one potent, twisted scene in which the womanizing, brutal lawyer Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger) commanded beautiful 17 year-old Lara (Julie Christie) to turn around so he could admire her shapely form in a striking red dress he had bought for her to wear ("You've grown up a lot, haven't you?"). He wished to seduce her to enter into an illicit affair with him as his mistress.
Later, a brutal scene occurred after Victor had met Lara's fiancee, idealistic revolutionary Pasha Antipova (Tom Courtenay) - Victor slapped her and told her: "You are a slut" and violently forced himself on her to dissuade her from marrying Pasha. Victor snidely commented after he had assaulted her: "And don't delude yourself this was rape. That would flatter us both."
Soon afterwards, the guilt-ridden Lara tracked Victor down and shot him at a Christmas party.
Victor (Rod Steiger) with
Lara (Julie Christie)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Russ Meyer's best and most popular work was an overly dramatic, trashy, semi-fantastical, and violent (but without nudity) sexploitation film that originally failed at the box office. Although a flop and initially reviled by feminists as "juvenile sexism", this cult film has been reassessed as a pro-feminist "female empowerment" epic.
It starred three buxom go-go dancers by night who went on a murderous desert rampage by day on motorcycles:
Varla memorably growled at a dumb gas station attendant when he said he wanted to 'see' America while looking at her chest: "You won't see much of it lookin' there, Columbus!"
The female characters were cunning, powerful, supercharged, aggressive and sexually predatory, while the males were either weak, decrepit, sexually impotent or mindless brutes.
A timid, bikini-clad woman named Linda (Sue Bernard, Playboy's December 1966 Playmate) was drugged, kidnapped and taken hostage-captive after witnessing the karate-chopping, back-crunching murder of her cleancut racer boyfriend Tommy (Ray Barlow) in the salt flats.
The finale included a knife throwing/stabbing and Linda running Varla over with her sportscar.
(l to r): Billie, Linda, Rosie
Juliet of the Spirits (1965, It./W.Germ/Fr.) (aka Giulietta Degli Spiriti)
Italian director Federico Fellini's first color film was a surrealistic, garish marriage drama that starred his own wife Giulietta Masina as the title character of Juliet.
Juliet learned that her husband of 15 years, Giorgio (Mario Pisu), was committing adultery with a fashion model mistress. As a result, she suffered the terrorizing torment of voices and images from the spirit world and of her past.
Juliet was offered sexual passion and temptation, provided by her hedonistic, buxom party-girl neighbor Susy (Sandra Milo) in a bordello-styled mirrored bedroom (with a chute-slide to a nearby heated pool) with her studly nephew. The wronged Juliet denied herself the pleasures of the flesh after experiencing a frightening, fiery vision of a martyr.
Through self-discovery and an examination of her own emptiness by film's end, she found emancipation and independence (or loneliness) as she walked off toward the nearby woods.
Susy and Juliet
Orgy of the Dead (1965)
This was an prime example of schlocky scriptwriter Ed Wood's notoriously bad, low-budget nudie horror films. The sexploitation film was advertised as being shown "In Gorgeous Astravision" and in "Shocking Sexicolor" and featuring NAKED Spirits and TOPLESS Dancers.
Director Wood's buddy Criswell appeared in the prologue as The Emperor of the Dead, the rambling leader of the 'twilight people.' He was accompanied by his undead consort, Vampira/Elvira clone Ghoulita (Fawn Silver), the Black Ghoul with a black beehive hairdo. The Emperor served as the emcee and provided absurdist and odd commentary, such as: "Torture! Torture! It pleasures me!", "To love the cat is to be the cat!", and "A kitten was born to be whipped."
The story really began when horror book writer Bob (William Bates) and his buxom red-haired girlfriend Shirley (Pat Barringer or Pat Barrington) suffered a car wreck in the fog - fortuitously, they crashed next to a cemetery. They were forced to spend the night there, helping to serve Bob's writings as inspiration on the topics of necrophilia and ghost stories ("It's on a night like this when the best ideas come to mind"). They were tied to gravestone posts and watched as a bevy of topless and naked zombie-like, graveyard 'creatures of the night' (hired LA strippers) performed ten interminable stripteases (with uncoordinated shimmying) in the fog.
The actress portraying Shirley also doubled as the buxom Gold Girl (with a platinum blonde wig), seen in the credits, as her red-headed alter-ego watched.
Ghoulita, the Black Ghoul
The Raw Ones (1965)
Producer/director John Lamb's nudist film (with a narrator extolling the virtues of a naturist lifestyle) was the first to openly show genitalia -- now allowed after a 1957 legal decision in the Supreme Court that ruled such displays of private parts were not in and of themselves obscene. "With greater knowledge, more education, and communication, the idea is rapidly gaining ground that nudity is not the unwholesome thing that it has been thought to be in the past."
Its first screen announced: "Dedicated to the principles of American Nudism - and to the courage of the mind that seeks truth and strives for enlightenment."
This was an essential linkpin between the non-genital 'nudie-cutie' films of the late 50s, and the hard-core porn films of the 70s. Unlike most nudist camps, most of the participants at a Florida nudist facility were shapely male and female models.
The film was the first major nudist film to show extensive full male and female nudity, although all of the settings were non-sexual:
The film, narrated by preach Ron Gans, described the attitude of the nudist participants: "They're different. They're not afraid to look. They're not shocked by what they see. Also, they don't mind revealing their own bodies. It is done in a spirit of openness and frankness instead of in the very different atmosphere of a peep show or nightclub. If they seem strange to their contemporaries, they know themselves well enough not to mind in the slightest. Their custom or way of life, as some like to call it, has proved so enjoyable, has increased their physical and mental health so much, that they are convinced of its rightness and of its ultimate acceptance by the general public."
The narrator emphasized:
Repulsion (1965, UK)
Roman Polanski's first English language film starred Catherine Deneuve as Carol Ledoux - a virginal, fragile and repressed young Belgian beautician left alone in an apartment who began to have psychosexual hallucinations:
Reportedly, the film was the first to feature an orgasm heard on-screen (in a scene in which Carol heard her sister Helen's (Yvonne Furneaux) love-making to a married lover through the wall).
Hands in Hallway
The 10th Victim (1965, It.) (aka La Decima Vittima)
Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress (famous for her appearance as the first "Bond girl" in Dr. No (1962)) were paired in this futuristic satire and science fiction cult film from director Elio Petri.
The buxom star played the role of Caroline Meredith who was noted for her double-barrelled brassiere. It concealed twin guns which she fired during a striptease act in a masochist's club, on her way to racking up her 10th victim to achieve a perfect score in a sanctioned and organized murder hunt-game called "The Big Hunt." The idea was to engage in 10 hunts (5 as hunted, and 5 as the hunter), and the grand prize was winning ten hunts was $1 million.
The Agony of Love (1966) (aka From Lady to Tramp)
Director William Rotsler's B-movie - a grim, soap-opera-ish sexploitation film that pre-dated Luis Bunuel's Belle De Jour (1967, Fr/It.) starring Catherine Deneuve, had a similar tawdry plot. It was advertised as "An Adult Venture Into a Woman's Inner Most Being..."
This 'nudie-roughie,' told in flashback, was about lonely and frustrated affluent, black-wigged suburban housewife Barbara Thomas (Pat Barrington). She was bored, neglected and desperate for sex, money and affection from her handsome, workaholic businessman husband Barton (Sam Taylor).
She secretly rented a private city apartment and turned to prostitution (calling herself "Brandy"), threesomes, and S&M ("Do it, do it, hurt me... dirty me!"). One of her threesome partners was the Beatchick (Joy Lowe), and she joined another callgirl (Sherry Shannon) in a party with two rowdy conventioneers.
As a callgirl, the self-loathing female indulged in her cravings for sex, money (in an erotic fantasy nightmare sequence, later copied by other filmmakers), and attention until her husband became one of her escort service clients for an orgy. The film had a tragic ending when he pursued her in a nighttime chase in Hollywood.
Alfie (1966, UK)
This was the original Alfie film - Lewis Gilbert's sex-comedy/drama about a hedonistic, misogynistic, Cockney ladies' man title character (Michael Caine in his first major lead role, an Oscar-nominated one). [The film was remade in 2004, starring Jude Law as the title character.]
He portrayed smug, working class anti-hero playboy/Casanova Alfie Elkins, a "free agent" who bedhopped, loved (and left) many women (or "birds"), including:
It was considered daring and shocking in its time, with an examination of taboo subjects and the consequences of the sexual revolution in the swinging 1960s.
Some of his setbacks included his bout with tuberculosis, the abortion (and sight of his stillborn child's fetus), and the revelation that Ruby had taken another younger lover.
Director Anton Holden's horror/thriller was a black and white 'roughie' (with superb cinematography by Gideon Zumbach, and a jazzy soundtrack) that told of a misogynistic psycho-serial killer on the loose in Manhattan. The rationale for his violent and murderous impulses: an abusive domineering prostitute mother. The noirish film was well-written and photographed, with taut set-pieces, close-ups, freeze-frames, and a twist ending, although it was tedious and drawn-out in places. The grindhouse feature obviously inspired the later exploitation classic by William Lustig, Maniac (1980).
In the film's opening scene, short-haired blonde professional prostitute Pat Wilson (Marlene Stevens) was servicing a client in a bed with satin sheets. She did not know that she was being spied upon from a fire-escape outside the apartment's bedroom window. She was seen both topless in bed and also in front of her mirror. She was killed after being attacked in the shower. Pat was grabbed and wrapped in the shower curtain, deposited on the bathroom floor, and then asphyxiated. It was a Psycho-like scene, accompanied by a freeze-frame and an audio flashback of the killer's mother (as a prostitute with her bothersome young son in the room). Then the killer kissed the dead corpse and made necrophiliac love to her.
Marlene's lesbian lover ("buddy") Ginny Smith (Janine Lenon, or Djanine Lenon), a free-lance model, later came upon the scene and almost knifed a man (thought to be the killer) hovering over Pat's body - instead, she realized it was a cop investigating the case. Sharp-jawed and reckless handsome rookie detective Johnny (Steve Hollister), married to young wife Ann (Joanna Mills), was assigned to the case to bring in the killer, believed to be targeting hookers, call-girls, and streetwalkers.
Angela (Fleurette Carter) was used as bait (without adequate protection by Johnny), and she was eventually stalked and also met her demise by strangulation in an elevator - shown topless and bloodied.
In another sequence, Johnny sent his wife Ann home with the local area's bartender (the killer, Louis (Tony Palladino)) while he was having sex with bi-sexual Ginny - but the knife-wielding killer was scared off after Ann was partially stabbed. The psycho maniac retreated to his run-down, city apartment filled with mannequin body parts and photographs of prostitutes, and a stuffed teddy-bear on a massage table.
In the end, a group of "whores" led by Ginny confronted Louis in his apartment. With a knife to his throat, Ginny first threatened: "We're going to have a party...You're the guest of honor." They vengefully held him down and castrated him to transform him into "a boy soprano." As blood spurted from his groin area, Louis screamed out: "Mama, Mama."
Prostitute Pat's Psycho-like Shower Murder
Ginny Smith (Janine Lenon)
Ann (Joanna Mills)
The Castration (off-screen)
The Bible...In the Beginning (1966, US/It.)
John Huston's epic Old Testament film didn't cover the entire Bible - just the first 22 chapters of the Book of Genesis, including the creation story (Adam and Eve) and the expulsion from Eden, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark/the Flood, and the story of Abraham (wife Sarah, handmaiden Hagar, and son Isaac). The story of the Nimrod and the Tower of Babel and Sodom and Gomorrah were also featured.
It included a highly-anticipated, 20-minute opening sequence detailing the story of Creation of 'mankind' from reddish-brown dirt in the golden-lighted Garden of Eden with two fair-skinned humans:
Both characters were modestly and prudishly nude, one of the first instances in a mainstream US feature film in which there was full-frontal nudity from both sexes) - although they were discreetly and strategically photographed with long shots and out-of-focus buttocks. To avoid outright nudity, knees were often bent to cover the genitals, and Eve's hair always covered her breasts. They were positioned behind bushes or tropical leaves to shield their private parts.
After the pair ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge (tricked by the serpent), they were banished - clothed and no longer innocent.
Adam and Eve
Blow-Up (1966, UK/It.)
Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language film Blow-Up (1966) was set in mod-Swinging 60s London. When Antonioni refused to cut the few glimpses of female nudity in the film, it was released without the MPAA's seal of approval, and engendered even greater popularity for the arthouse film. It received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
This breakthrough film was often noted for introverted fashion-glamour photographer Thomas' (David Hemmings) orgasmic, frenzied camera-shoot scene with various 'birds' including skinny, writhing model Veruschka as he straddled her on the floor and pointed his phallic camera at her ("Give it to me now, come on. That's good...Now, now, yes, yes, yes!").
The film also featured Vanessa Redgrave as the Girl, persistently begging (and eventually offering sexual favors when she went topless - more revealing in some full-frame video versions) and bargaining for Thomas' roll of incriminating film that he had shot of her in a public park with an unidentified, middle-aged man. The enlarged photos eventually showed possible evidence of a murder.
The most notorious scene was Thomas' teasing sex with two naive, teenaged groupies or "dolly birds" (blonde Jane Birkin and brunette Gillian Hills) who stopped by his studio for their second visit. While trying on clothes, the skinny blonde was stripped of her clothes by Thomas, and then wrestled her dark-haired friend to also strip her, claiming: "She's got a better figure than me." They ended up in a threesome orgy with him on a extended roll of purple backdrop paper. The scene featured the first fleeting views of pubic hair in a mainstream film for American audiences.
In another love-making scene, he watched as his unhappily-married next-door neighbor Patricia (Sarah Miles) was underneath her husband, who was on top making love to her. She wordlessly entreated Thomas in their flat to stay in view nearby so she could achieve orgasm - his presence aroused her passion.
Georgy Girl (1966, UK)
Originally considered bold and ground-breaking (but now only self-conscious, tame, and dated), this Swinging 60s "free love" comedy film from the UK starred Best Actress-nominated Lynn Redgrave. It was notable as the first film to carry the label "suggested for mature audiences" - or M rating, only a month after the Production Code was revised.
Its bittersweet, adult-oriented tale told of the morally-ambiguous title character Georgina "Georgy" Parkin, a plump, homely and virginal misfit. Georgy found herself propositioned to be a mistress of rich and older benefactor, unhappily-married Mr. Leamington (James Mason) while she was involved in an affair with Jos Jones (Alan Bates). Jones was the randy Cockney husband of her pretty yet amoral and self-interested roommate Meredith Montgomery (Charlotte Rampling).
After two previous abortions, Meredith was bitchy about her current pregnancy: "I'll tell you what this little episode has taught me. It's taught me what it feels like to look like the back end of a bus, and sit around every night with nothing to do."
When Meredith gave birth - but wanted to put the child up for adoption, Georgy opted to care for and serve as the baby's mother with Jos. When their affair cooled and he moved out, Georgy brought conveniently-widowed Leamington to the rescue to marry her and help provide financial support.
Georgy (Lynn Redgrave)
with Jos (Alan Bates)
Only part of James Michener's best-selling, epic 1959 novel Hawaii (both fictional and non-fictional) was the basis for the lengthy film adaptation, directed by George Roy Hill. Former blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo penned the script with Daniel Taradash. The movie basically concentrated on the settlement at Lahaina (Maui) in the early 1800s.
It began with a rousing and inspiring sermon by a native Hawaiian islander named Keoki Kanakoa (Manu Tupou) (in history: Henry Obookiah) at Yale University in New England. One of the missionaries who was compelled to journey to Hawaii around 1820 was Rev. Abner Hale (Max Von Sydow) with his new wife Jerusha Bromley (Julie Andrews) (in history: Reverend Hiram Bingham). Their efforts were to bring Christianity to the "heathen" natives - Malama, the Queen, the Alii Nui, (Jocelyne LaGarde) (in history: Queen Ka'ahumanu), and to end pagan idolatry worship of totem rocks (phallic symbols) at shrines (heiau).
One of the things immediately encountered when the stiffly-dressed New Englanders sailed into Lahaina port was that many of the islanders removed their sarongs or loin cloths, and swam out to the ship or rowed in outrigger canoes - waving sexily and happily greeting the repressed newcomers. In the film, there was very discreetly-filmed (or darkened) topless female nudity, mostly from the wahine housemaid provided by Malama for the Hales - Iliki (Lokelani S. Chicarell). However, in terms of historical authenticity, in traditional Hawaiian culture at the time, female breasts were not covered, and there were no bathing suits for swimming.
The nude 'entertainment' provided by topless young girls during an evening's dancing and drinking with whalers who docked in Lahaina was particularly frowned upon by the well-intentioned, but viciously-intolerant Rev. Hale who sternly objected: "How can you do this to this innocent child? Have you no mothers at home, no sisters? May God in his mercy forgive you" - he vehemently chastised the men as he dragged Iliki away. He called her a "wicked creature" although she innocently objected: "I didn't do nothing bad." Hale was adamant about forbidding nudity, and open sexuality.
Later, the whalers, led by Captain Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris), Jerusha's ex-suitor, burned Abner's church in protest after they were prevented from sleeping with the young island women.
Iliki (Lokelani S. Chicarell)
Rev. Abner Hale (Max Von Sydow) Attempting to Destroy Phallic Totem Stone at Heiau
A Man and a Woman (1966, Fr.) (aka Un Homme et Une Femme)
French New Wave director Claude Lelouch's simple and pleasant romance was the Palme d'Or winner at Cannes and Oscar-winner of Best Foreign Language Film.
It was a beautifully-filmed, impressionistic story of the slow-building affair between two single parents who had both lost their spouses. They happened to meet when visiting their children at a Deauville boarding school:
Eventually by film's end, they consummated their love in a non-explicit, bitter-sweet scene that alternated between B/W and color images (including flashbacked, haunting guilt-ridden, melancholic memories of Anna's husband of her past). She could not fully give herself and thought that would be the end of their relationship when they silently parted.
But then, in the open-ended conclusion, they joyously met again at the train station in Paris when she arrived there.
|Mondo Topless (1966) (aka Mondo Girls, Mondo Top)
Russ Meyer's pseudo-documentary (or mockumentary) was notable as the "nudie" sleaze king's first color film, advertised with the tagline: "Too much for one man!"
Throughout, an off-screen narrator (John Furlong) would hilariously comment upon the titillating action of the "unrestrained female anatomy" and "the world's loveliest buxotics." The thrown-together film included screen-test footage of Lorna Maitland, the title character of previous film Lorna (1964).
The sexploitation film began as a travelogue in San Francisco (where the phenomenon of gyrating toplessness first appeared, supposedly, before sweeping across the country), led by naked 44" stacked Babette Bardot driving around stark naked. Even Coit Tower was photographed to look like a phallic symbol.
Ultra-buxotic females spoke about their lives as topless go-go girls/strippers, along with many topless dances amd swinging breasts, performed in various locales - in the desert and at the base of a high-voltage electric tower (Pat Barrington), beside a roaring locomotive train (Babette Bardot), in a woodsy forest (Darla Paris), in front of a water-basin and in an abandoned shack (Sin Linee), on a beach (small-breasted Diane Young), etc. They usually gyrated to the wild beat of a nearby radio or tape player.
The sights were also viewed in various strip-joints in Europe (footage from Meyer's long-unseen Europe in the Raw (1963)), in Belgium, Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Paris, where strippers performed on indoor stages.
Some of the dancers spoke about their views of men, about disrobing, bra sizes and about the difficulty of buying clothes for the big-busted woman, etc.
One Million Years BC (1966)
This British-made adventure sci-fi film (shot in the Canary Islands) by director Don Chaffey and Hammer Films was a remake of the earlier Hollywood film, One Million B.C. (1940), starring Victor Mature and Carole Landis, two love interests during caveman times (an anachronism since dinosaur creatures and humans never co-existed).
The film's realistic prehistoric creatures (created with stop-motion animation) were the work of Ray Harryhausen: a giant lizard and spider, brontosaurus, an Archelon (giant turtle), an Allosaurus, a battle between a Ceratosaurus and Triceratops, and a flying Pteranodon.
Likewise, this one conjured up the iconic image of a shapely, white-skinned, Amazonian cavegirl and a caveman:
At one point, Loana (who had only a few sparse lines of dialogue) had to fight off the advances of competing love-interest, Tumak's ex-lover Nupondi (Martine Beswick).
The reigning sex queen's 'primeval woman' poster was a major best-seller at the time, and adorned many college room walls.
A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine (1966)
Director B. Ron Elliott's dramatic, bad-tempered, gritty and sleazy exploitation "roughie" film (with a script by veteran road-showman and producer David Friedman) was taglined: "There is an expression for girls like her - You see it scrawled on walls....!" and "A Story of a Female Every Man Has Known." The main character in the low-budget black and white production was a temptress-female named Sharon Winters (Texas-born Stacey Walker, aka Barbara Jean Moore) who would purposely seduce men and then loudly protest rape. The decadent and trashy film offered lots of topless nudity without any actual scenes of sex (only foreplay).
In the opening sequence set in the front seat of a car, voluptuous blonde tease-bitch Sharon seduced 2-month boyfriend Roy Bradley (Michael O'Kelly). On the verge of intercourse with him, she screamed rape to attract a police officer - and after a quick jury trial, Roy was imprisoned for two years for rape and assault.
In a conversation with her lesbian roommate Paula Mann (Sharon Carr) about six weeks later, Sharon was brazen about continuing to date other men:
As Paula was departing (and Sharon had finished a bath), they had another short and snippy exchange about their respective sexual orientations:
When Sharon's shy and nervous date, mama's boy and co-worker Dick Owens (Tom Hughes) arrived at the house, she flirted with him and offered him a drink. Upstairs while dressing to go out, she had an enticing idea - she invited Dick, with a beckoning finger, to climb up the spiral staircase to her bathroom. In front of a mirror with her robe exposing her breasts, she provocatively combed her hair - letting Dick have naked views of her when she removed her panties and entered the shower stall's bathtub for a second bath. Afterwards, she stood stark naked in her bedroom to non-chalantly dress in front of him. Then, she approached him to stroke and kiss his face.
He followed her into the bedroom and climbed on top of her, while she encouraged him to caress and kiss her. He removed her bra, and then began to unclip her garter and remove her panties when she began to protest: "What do you think I am? Some two-dollar hustler?...You tried to rape me!...I'll call the police, you filthy rapist....They'll put you in jail where you belong. I'm a virgin!..You'll go to jail for rape! You'll lose your job! What do you think your mother will think of that? I'll fix you for this...RAPIST! RAPIST!" Dick hastefully fled the room, and she chuckled when she heard the door slam. Shamed forever, Dick did not report for work the next day, and was soon replaced by Assistant Controller Lowell Carter (Neville Coward/Sam Melville), Sharon's next male target.
In her next conversation with Paula in their bedroom, seductress Sharon apologized for her rude bitchy behavior toward her:
Paula offered to give Sharon a nude back massage to make her feel better. Paula went topless when she became overheated and then laid down next to Sharon while continuing to stroke her. Then, her lesbian overtures were suddenly and cruelly rejected by Sharon: "Cut, Paula, that's as far as we go....Get away from me, you, you pervert. Get out! Get out! Get out of this apartment before I call the police. You belong in an institution, you and all the rest of your kind...I only want never to see you again." Later, Sharon directly insulted her lesbian roommate: "Paula, I may be a bitch, but I'll never be a butch."
Carter began dating and spending a lot of time with Sharon, but didn't pressure her for sex, although they often kissed and petted with her clothes off - without going all the way. He accepted the fact that they would have to wait. Hot and bothered, though, Carter's dreams were affected by his pent-up sexual energy - he erotically fantasized that she was tied half-naked at a stake, while he wielded a whip against her (drawing blood from her thighs). He also dreamed that he had become her sexual slave, and that she toplessly threatened him with a sharp knife.
When they finally decided to have sex, she strip-teased in front of him ("You like?"). They showered naked and then got in bed together after she led him on, but then she accused him of rape like all the others. He called her a "tease" - "I wouldn't touch you, you're worse than a disease." He left her for good as he threatened: "Get the hell out of here, tease! I'm gonna get a real woman tonight." She called after him: "Are you gonna rape her too?" He ran away from her and hurried down a dark street - haunted by erotic images of her sexy body.
Carter lustfully attacked another unidentified female as she entered her apartment. There, her screams came to the attention of her male partner (Larry Jones) in the next room, who reached for a gun and shot Carter to death.
The film ended with Sharon soon finding another victim, slick-haired band singer Tony (Bob Todd). While they were making out on a sofa, when she began to tease him and then abruptly claimed that they shouldn't go any further ("Not now...I'm a virgin!"), she also threatened rape and screamed. The chauvinistic male objected ("Are you putting me on, doll? I don't like it when chicks put me on"). When she further protested, he violently assaulted her - he slapped her, grabbed her head, beat it against a table, and then punched her face until she was bloodied:
In the final image, Sharon stood on a street-corner as a hooker, with a cigarette hanging from her mouth.
Back Massage and Cuddling
"I May Be A Bitch, But I'll Never Be A Butch"
Carter's Erotic Dreams
Sharon With Tony
Sharon - Hooker
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Mike Nichols' acclaimed debut film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was an adaptation of Edward Albee's Broadway play, with a screenplay by writer/producer Ernest Lehman. It acquired an astounding 13 Oscar nominations and 5 wins - including its entire Oscar-nominated cast of four (also including George Segal and Sandy Dennis). In addition, it was a direct challenge to the anti-profanity clauses of the Hays Code.
The drama contained lots of things that the Production Code felt were violations:
The MPAA ratings board gave the film a seal of approval after Warner Bros. appealed and made a few cuts of the most extreme profanity (such as "screw you"). It was the first film to be released with a "Suggested for Mature Audiences" warning, at a time when the new president of the MPAA, Jack Valenti, was implementing a new ratings system - to help handle sensitive and "mature" subjects.
It displayed brutal sexual tensions between its four characters in an all-night drinking fest, especially its sado-masochistic, loving-hating, vulgarities-spewing couple and their two dinner guests:
Nick (George Segal)
and Honey (Sandy Dennis)
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