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Generations of movie-goers found models for their lives and loves in the powerful images in darkened theatres—images as potent as the viewers' own dreams and as basically entwined with matters of sex and identity. In entertaining, intelligent, lavishly illustrated essays, the authors of Sexuality in the Movies examine the complex evolution of sex and sensuality on the screen ln relation to the changing, often ambivalent values of the public. Part I considers the history of censorship in the movies and the significance of what was belng censored—including an insider's expose of the contemporary rating system. Part II deals with specific genres—what is really going on in the popular Hollywood feature, the flesh film, the monster movie (a fascinating reading), the underground film, and European films—as well as with the treatment of homosexuality in the movies. Part III offers close studies of six major films, outstanding either artistically or as landmarks of sexual expression. A lively, varied, and comprehensive analysis of sexuality in the movies, from early shorts like The Kiss and Love in a Hammock to contemporary achievements like Cries and Whispers and Last Tango in Paris. Over 150 photographs, many of them rarely seen.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half title
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  1. Authur
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  1. Titlepage
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  1. Hsiang Hsiu
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Halftitle1
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  1. Introduction
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  1. PART ONE
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  1. 1. Screen Sexuality: Flesh, Feathers, and Fantasies
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  1. 2. A History of Censorship of the American Film
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  1. 3. The Contemporary Movie Rating System in America
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  1. 4. Sex, Morality, and the Movies
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  1. PART TWO
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  1. 5. Troubled Sexuality in the Popular Hollywood Feature
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  1. 6. The Sex Genre: Traditional and Mordern Variations on the Flesh Film
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  1. 7. Monster Movies: A Sexual Theory
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  1. 8. The Boys on the Bandwagon: Homosexuality in the Movies
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  1. 9. Sexuality in Contemporary European Film
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  1. PART THREE
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  1. 10. I Am Curious — Yellow: A Practical Education
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  1. 11. Midnight Cowboy
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  1. 12. Carnal Knowledge
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  1. 13. Deep Throat: Hard to Swallow
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  1. 14. Last Tango in Paris: The Skull Beneath the Skin Flick
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  1. 15. Sexuality in Film: Reconsiderations after Seeing Cries and Whispers
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  1. NOTES
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253050595
MARC Record
OCLC
654681035
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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