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Contemporary Erotic Cinema

Douglas Keesey
  • Covers over 100 erotic films, not only Hollywood and American indies but also movies from around the world
  • Addresses on-screen nudity and voyeurism, masturbation, oral and anal sex, the ménage à trois and the orgy, and bestiality, rape and sadomasochism.
  • Focuses on truly contemporary films, with more than half released in the 21st century
  • Features a number of films made in the UK, Canada and Australia
  • Includes fascinating quotes and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from stars and directors
  • Includes discussions on 9 Songs, American Pie, Bad Education, Black Swan, Brokeback Mountain, Intimacy, Last Tango in Paris, The Reader, The Wayward Cloud, Y Tu Mamá También, Shame and many more

Movies have constantly pushed at the boundaries of sexual representation, outraging censors, transgressing taboos and opening up formerly forbidden realms of sensual pleasure. Whether through an exploration of our dreamiest fantasies or our darkest desires, films have expanded our repertoire of erotic images and challenged who we are as sexual beings.

The first book to look at truly contemporary erotic cinema, this publication gives in-depth analyses of sex scenes from over 100 films, more than half of them released in the 21st century. Beginning with an overview of how depictions of sex on screen have changed over the last 40 years, with particular attention to censorship controversies, the book is divided into three main parts – erotic genres, themes and acts – and covers sex comedies, body horror, alien sex and erotic animation; gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans films, movies about youth, marriage and infidelity, films dealing with incest, blasphemy and death; on-screen nudity and voyeurism, masturbation, oral and anal sex, the ménage à trois and the orgy, and bestiality, rape and sadomasochism. The films discussed include 9 Songs, American Pie, Bad Education, Black Swan, Brokeback Mountain, Intimacy, Last Tango in Paris, The Reader, Shame, The Wayward Cloud, Y Tu Mamá También and many more.


Douglas Keesey is a professor of film and literature at California Polytechnic State University. His published books include Neo-Noir: Contemporary Film Noir from Chinatown to The Dark Knight (Kamera Books) as well as Catherine Breillat, Don DeLillo, Erotic Cinema, Peter Greenaway, and Paul Verhoeven.

release date: 26 July 2012
price: £14.99
ISBN13: 9781842433638
binding: paperback
format: B (198 x 129mm)
extent: 224
images: 8pp Colour
rights: world
BIC code: APFN
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