Saturday, January 9, 2010

Greatest and Most Influential Erotic / Sexual Films and Scenes- Part 39

- Milestone Films With Scenes That Were Especially Notorious, Infamous, Controversial, or Scandalous

History of Sex in Cinema:
Greatest and Most Influential Erotic / Sexual Films and Scenes

(chronological order, by film title) - Part 39

Movie Title
Brief Scene Description


The Road to Wellville (1994)

Writer/director Alan Parker's satirical adaptation of T. Coraghessan Boyle's 1993 novel of the same name told about the early 20th Century Reform movement for health self-improvement; it featured many big-name stars, including Anthony Hopkins as buck-toothed Corn Flakes developer/health guru Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Broderick Crawford as William Lightbody and Bridget Fonda as his wife Eleanor; the satirical sex comedy chronicled the fanatical treatments at Kellogg's fictional Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, where affluent guests were rejuvenated by being subjected to daily colon cleansings and enemas, the eating of roughage (and denial of meat), electric shock baths, flagellation and other shock therapies and battery-powered treatments applied to the genitals, womb manipulation massages, and sex abstinence; even so, the film was filled with scatalogical references and frequent nudity; due to William's forced separation from his wife Eleanor (who engaged in milk baths), he found himself libidinously attracted to his sexy and pretty nurse Irene Graves (Traci Lind) who administered his enemas (and who he often imagined undressed) and to sickly and consumptive Ida Muntz (Lara Flynn Boyle) across the hall

Sirens (1994, Aust./UK/Ger.)

John Duigan's free-wheeling, erotic drama (based on a true story) with the tagline: "Be Seduced", was noted for its generous, free-spirited models (including Sports Illustrated supermodel Elle Macpherson as Sheela in her film debut, blonde Giddy (Portia de Rossi), and Pru (Kate Fischer)) in a sensual paradise who posed 'au naturel' for controversial Australian painter-artist Norman Lindsay (Sam Neill) at his Blue Mountain estate; in addition, a blind handyman made a full-frontal nude appearance, and the sensual beauties swam naked to sexually awaken English minister Rev. Anthony Campion's (Hugh Grant) repressed wife Estella (Tara Fitzgerald); the final image of the film was a long-shot of the naked sirens on an outcropping of rock

Spanking the Monkey (1994)

David O. Russell's debut directorial film was this black comedy - the film's title was another term for "masturbation"; the independent feature film told about a self-abusing, introverted college freshman named Ray Aibelli (Jeremy Davies) who was forced by his philandering, acerbic and domineering father Tom (Benjamin Hendrickson) to care for his recuperating, emotionally-dependent, and bed-ridden depressed mother Susan (Alberta Watson) with a broken leg during a hot summer; during their close time together (helping her shower, etc.), they developed an off-limits, mother-son relationship (the most controversial scene was one late at night in which he rubbed massage lotion into her upper thigh and they commenced love-making) - after he was continually interrupted touching himself in the bathroom by the whining family dog, and he experienced a rocky relationship with his neighborhood girlfriend Toni Peck (Carla Galio) due to his graceless and rough manner; due to his spiraling depression and guilt over the forbidden love with his mother, he suicidally jumped off a cliff

The Specialist (1994)

Two supposedly sexy box-office superstars were featured in this body-conscious, 'guilty pleasure' thriller-tale of murder and revenge against the underworld set against the neon backdrop of Miami; the two ultra-buffed stars were Sharon Stone as femme fatale May Munro/Adrian Hastings and Sylvester Stallone as former CIA explosives expert Ray Quick who appeared in a number of sex scenes, including a lengthy, exhibitionist shower scene that featured their taut and toned bodies; their dialogue was unintentionally funny and unsexy, as for instance this line as she soaped up his chest from behind: "I know you always focused your detonations" and they ultimately made love on the shower floor

True Lies (1994)

James Cameron's expensive, cross-genre film included a scene in which the bored traditionalist, unsuspecting wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) of US secret agent Harry Renquist (Arnold Schwarzenegger) pretended to be a prostitute and performed an arousing striptease (as a punishment and test by her husband) for him in a hotel room - thinking she was on a "mission" to seduce a double-agent

Uncovered (1994, Sp./UK)

Based on the book "The Flanders Panel" and filmed on location in Barcelona by directors Jack Baran and Jim McBride, this neglected murder mystery (with the tagline: "To Some - Murder Is an Art") starred Kate Beckinsale (in an early, short-haired role before starring in Pearl Harbor (2001), Van Helsing (2004) and The Aviator (2004)) as Julia, an art restorer who thought she discovered clues to a centuries-old murder and a modern-day succession of murders in an 'uncovered' inscription of a 15th century Flemish master painting of a chess game, reading "Who killed the knight?" - while she also uncovered herself as she drank a glass of wine, approached the painting and studied it in a topless reflection

Beyond the Clouds (1995, Fr./It./Ger.) (aka Al di là delle nuvole, or Par-delà les nuages)

This multi-part drama (by 83 year-old master director Michelangelo Antonioni with Wim Wenders) was an artsy, erotic and pretentious group of four interconnected vignettes or short stories, each about the romantic obsession of male-female relationships between strangers coming together under chance circumstances; it was a box-office hit in Europe, but made little impact in the US; in the first story, Kim Rossi Stuart (as city water pump technician Silvano) and Ines Sastre (as schoolteacher Carmen) starred as a couple who had a non-touching 'perfect' and unconsummated sexual encounter after a chance meeting two years earlier - he moved his hand over her naked body without physically touching her and then inexplicably left her apartment without following through; in the second episode, John Malkovich (as a film director) made love in his hotel room to a seaside Portofino shop clerk credited as The Girl (Sophie Marceau) as she admitted that she stabbed her father to death 12 times

Delta of Venus (1995)

This was another of the many Zalman King-produced, soft-core, sensually-filmed and soft-focused erotic dramas (previously he helmed Wild Orchid (1990) and Two Moon Junction (1988), and produced 9-1/2 Weeks (1986) and Siesta (1987)); it was rated NC-17 for theatrical release, but then modified for an R-rated video release; it was loosely adapted from Anais Nin's post-humously published erotic novel, about an American writer of erotic novels abroad in 1940s Paris named Elena (Audie England) who thoroughly researched her subject matter by exploring her sexuality, while narrating in voice-over

Desperado (1995)

Robert Rodriguez' action film featured a smoldering love scene between Mexican soap-star actress Salma Hayek (in a breakthrough role as bookstore owner Carolina) and Antonio Banderas (as vengeful guitarist El Mariachi) in a candle-lit room - shot with original camera angles and flash-cuts

Fair Game (1995)

This mediocre action-thriller film garnered considerable press for having supermodel Cindy Crawford in her feature film debut as sexy civil law attorney Kate McQuean - often running away from the bad guys in a form-fitting T-shirt - but it was a less-than superlative acting performance; director Andrew Sipes got as much mileage as he could out of one long and unbelievable blow-'em-up pursuit sequence with time-out for one obligatory nude scene from Cindy (or body-double?) in a dirty freight train car (with annoying flickering shadows) alongside co-star William Baldwin as cop Max Kirkpatrick

Forbidden Games (1995) (aka Games)

The only reason for this R-rated, bargain basement-priced, soft-core film's existence was to capitalize on its rampant sexuality and gratuitous nudity, offering this enticing tagline on its poster: "Fantasy was the start. Murder was the finish." It had a thinly-veiled, erotic-thriller plot about ex-Justice Department detective Michael Brandon (Jeff Griggs) with psychic powers who was attempting to solve a mystery, the murder of the head of a haute couture modeling agency -- all the while being bedded down by a string of beautiful women. The film included a traditional lesbian love-making scene in a jacuzzi between Shauna (ex-WWE Diva, TV-series show actress and Playboy model Amy Weber) and Amber (Aleksandra Kaniak) while surrounded by large candles and a roaring fire, various scenes of kinky sex, and one outdoor pool scene set at a Playboy-style mansion. Not to be confused with the 1952 French-language film, aka Jeux Interdits, of the same name

GoldenEye (1995, UK)

The fictional femme fatale character of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) exhibited sexual sadism in her physically-lethal, sociopathic role in this James Bond film; in several memorable scenes, she displayed her 'orgasmic' pleasure in murdering others - either with a gun or with her muscle-bound thighs used as a body scissors-vice; during a love-making scene on a yacht with Canadian Admiral Chuck Farrell (Billy J. Mitchell), she achieved orgasm while suffocating him with her long legs; and in a Turkish bath scene in a Russian (St. Petersburg) hotel while draped in only a robe, she battled James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) by crushing and squeezing his ribs between her bare thighs; in the film, they also engaged in playful double-entendre lines of dialogue: Onatopp: "You don't need the gun." Bond: "Well, that depends on your definition of safe sex."

Haunted (1995, UK)

After an appearance in Uncovered (1994), Kate Beckinsale also appeared in this R-rated, poorly-received haunted house mystery film by director Lewis Gilbert from an adaptation of James Herbert's novel of the same name; in the story, guilt-ridden, skeptical parapsychologist professor David Ash (Aidan Quinn) - following the accidental drowning of his twin sister years earlier - investigated the supposed 'haunting' by tormented spirits of the upper-class Mariell's family country estate called Edbrook Manor; there he met lovely, free-spirited, flirtatious "It" girl Christina Mariell (Kate Beckinsale) who often appeared nakedly indifferent (posing nude, skinny-dipping, making love, although often with a body double) and observed the pseudo-incestuous behavior displayed between the three Mariell siblings (all discovered to be ghosts by the film's twist ending); this film was only released on DVD following Beckinsale's later prominence in films such as Pearl Harbor (2001)

Kids (1995)

Director Larry Clark's much-criticized, semi-improvised cinema verite film with lots of raunchy talk and simulated sex was considered bordering on sleazy child pornography and voyeurism (disguised as a cautionary documentary) although it was also one of the most truthful films ever made about teenage (and pre-teen) sexuality; it followed a group of teenagers and preteens during 24 hours of a hot Manhattan summer; the main characters were a 17-year-old skateboarder named Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) - a self-proclaimed "virgin surgeon" (with HIV) (quoted as saying: "Virgins. I love 'em. No diseases, no loose as a goose pussy, no skank. No nothin'. Just pure pleasure") whose goal was to deflower as many new girls as possible, and a young Chloe Sevigny as Jenny who was an AIDS-infected HIV-positive teen from contact with Telly; in an early scene, Telly also had damaging sexual contact with Girl # 1 (Sarah Henderson) (pictured) after he told her: "You know what I wanna do?" with the girl's blunt answer: "You wanna f--k me"; the film ended with the controversial scene of Casper (Justin Pierce) undressing and forcibly raping an unconscious Jenny at his house party where Telly had also taken his latest female victim Darcy (Yakira Peguero); it was released unrated to avoid the stigma of an NC-17 rating

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Director Mike Figgis' critically-acclaimed film was shot on Super 16 film and was notable for Nicolas Cage's Best Actor Oscar win, and a Best Actress nomination for Shue; it told about a romantically-involved tragic couple: a failed, out-of-control Hollywood screenwriter and self-destructive, doomed alcoholic named Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) with a needy street-walking Las Vegas prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue) who had been degraded by her profession with abusive Latvian pimp Yuri (Julian Sands); Ben's plan was to drink himself to death over a five-week period in Las Vegas while enjoying the company of the high-class hooker; in their first encounter in a hotel room during oral sex, Ben suffered impotence (due to his drinking) although that afforded them time to talk and develop a relationship (after she offered: "So for $500 bucks, you can do pretty much whatever you want. You can f--k my can come on my face...whatever you want to do - just keep it out of my hair"); later in a scene by a motel pool (to Don Henley's singing of "Come Rain or Come Shine"), Sera straddled Ben's lap, removed the top of her one-piece black swimsuit, and enticingly nuzzled a bottle between her breasts and then poured alcohol over them for him to enjoy; the film also included a brutal gang rape by a group of drunken football jocks after which she washed away the blood and memory in the shower; by film's end in a touching final scene, Ben was dying in his hotel room, where she asked: "Do you want my help?" and then coaxed and readied him to be erect for a last loving act of intercourse (Ben: "See how hard you make me, angel...You know I love you") before he expired, with her final thoughts: "I loved him, I really loved him"

Malicious (1995)

This straight-to-video, formulaic romantic thriller (similar to Fatal Attraction) was justly famous (and received most of its publicity) for featuring the only nude scene (her debut one) from red-headed, ex-Brat Pack sweetheart star Molly Ringwald - a break-the-stereotype kind of role; Ringwald played the part of an obsessed, demented medical student named Melissa Nelson, who pursued (stalked) her college's star baseball player Doug Gordon (Patrick McGaw) - who already had a girlfriend named Laura (Sarah Lassez); while on a boat with him, Melissa tied her partner's hands and kissed his chest down to his groin area while straddling him; she then removed her own yellow sweater to reveal her firm, bare breasts as she hungrily kissed him repeatedly as they made love; after he rebuffed her and returned to his girlfriend, she psychotically sought "malicious" revenge and accused him of rape, as well as terrorized the couple in the predictable conclusion

Never Talk to Strangers (1995)

In this psycho-sexual thriller (similar in part to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Basic Instinct (1992)), brilliant, cool blonde criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca DeMornay) was evaluating the sanity of accused serial killer Max Cheski (Harry Dean Stanton) when she fell in love with smooth talking, quick-tempered, passionate, long-haired Latino stranger Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) who she said was "a bad influence"; in his "loft" apartment where walls were composed of wire fencing and wooden cages, she found vigorous, kinky thrills with him inside one of the 'caged' or mesh-screened rooms; but she was increasingly frightened by things sent to her: threatening phone messages, dead flowers, her own newspaper obituary, and her dead cat; in the twist ending, it was revealed that Tony was a police officer and surveillance expert investigating the disappearance of Sarah's ex-fiancee a year earlier; he demonstrated that Sarah had multiple personality disorder and was stalking herself by sending the strange gifts - her illness stemmed from an abusive childhood from her despised father Henry (Len Cariou) (who committed incest) during which time she murdered her mother to satisfy Henry and cover up the crime; in the end, Sarah's homicidal alter ego killed both Tony and her father, and then convinced the police that Tony murdered her father and that she killed Tony in self-defense

A Reason to Believe (1995)

Holly Marie Combs (star of TV's magical fantasy series Charmed as Piper Halliwell) was featured in this mostly-unseen low-budget independent film by first-time director Douglas Tirola about date rape on a college campus (with the tagline: "Sometimes the people you know the best are the ones you can trust the least") - she appeared topless (as Sharon) in one short sex scene that was unrelated to the main plot when she provided oral sex for a guy after putting a condom on him; this was possibly one of the few reasons that anyone has heard of this film; the film told about a popular and pretty sorority girl named Charlotte Byrne (Allison Smith) who attended a frat party where she was raped (forced into unwanted sex) by her boyfriend Wesley's (Danny Quinn, actor Anthony Quinn's son) womanizing best friend Jim (Jay Underwood); subsequently, she lost her boyfriend, was shunned by her sorority sisters, and suffered confusion and terror; when she finally took a stand against the rape and made strong allegations (with support from a campus women's group), her actions led to both positive and negative consequences

Showgirls (1995)

Director Paul Verhoeven's erotic show-biz, sexploitation drama (teamed up again with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas) was the first attempt of Hollywood to mass market a studio film with an NC-17 rating (since the failure of Caligula (1979)), although it was a tremendous flop; in subsequent years, it has regained some of its status as a deliberately campy, misogynistic guilty-pleasure adult film; it was controversially loaded with very frequent nudity, sexuality, notorious dialogue (Cristal: "I like nice tits. I always have. How about you?" Nomi: "I like having nice tits." Cristal: "How do you like havin' 'em?" Nomi: "What do you mean?" Cristal: "You know what I mean"), and campy sleaze in a drama about the sex industry that took an uncensored look at cheap Las Vegas strip clubs and shows (with pole-dancing at the Cheetah) and higher-class hotel shows and their headliner dancers; although it flopped at the box-office, the notorious film found an audience among cult film-goers, although it reportedly destroyed the career of star Elizabeth Berkley, earlier noted for her role in the late 80s TV show Saved By the Bell; there were many memorable scenes in this infamous film, including the overacted, over-the-top swimming pool scene with champagne and thrashing orgasmic activity between leggy pole dancer Nomi Malone (Berkley) and hotel entertainment director and impresario Zack Carey (Kyle Maclachlan) - the scene was voted the #1 'unsexiest' or worst sex scene in cinema history by Empire Magazine in 2005; there were many other unclad scenes, including the voyeuristic lap-dance sequence, the topless 'Chorus Line-like' dance audition and "Thrust It" coaching administered by a dancing choreographer, numerous dressing room scenes, the love-hate/lesbian sex and kiss encounter between Nomi and Stardust Hotel revue showgirl star Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon), the stage performance of the "Goddess" topless dance show, and more

Species (1995)

Director Roger Donaldson's R-rated, titillating science-fiction thriller contained plentiful sex and nudity - exhibited by gorgeous, deadly, part-alien/part-human nymphomaniacal Sil (model Natasha Henstridge) who prowled the LA singles scene looking to procreate with a suitable male mate to provide her with the genetic seed necessary to have offspring for colonization; the beauteous murderous creature enticingly seduced men in many scenes by becoming naked and aggressively demanding sex (a reversal of normal sex roles), especially in one hot tub sequence; when aroused, spikes came sprouting from her back and after she was impregnated, she would kill her shocked male victim