Barry Forshaw – Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema (2015)

Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema is a frank, comprehensive and insightful analysis of the cinema’s long love affair with the erotic – and how society is reflected through the many and bitter censorship battles that have accompanied all attempts by filmmakers to broaden the limits of what is acceptable. Barry Forshaw’s lively and scholarly study moves from the sexual abandon of the silent era and the 1930s through the enforced innocence resulting from the restrictive Hays Code (and the ingenious attempts by filmmakers to circumvent censorship) and the demolition of taboos by arthouse directors such as Ingmar Bergman in the 1950s and 1960s. The book highlights all the key moments in this incendiary area, including the shocking exploitation and pornographic movies of the 1970s, while a discussion of the graphic and explicit imagery of today’s mainstream cinema takes the book up to the present – and beyond.

Table of Contents

1. The 1930s: Mae West, Garbo, Harlow, Dietrich and the Coming of the Legion of Decency
2. Getting it Past the Bluenoses: The 1940s
3. The Kinsey Era: The 1950s
4. Pushing the Boundaries: Preminger the Rebel
5. This Property is Condemned: Tennessee Williams
6. Arthouse cinema: the New Explicitness
7. Sex à la Français
8. World Cinema Strategies: Britain and America: The 1960s
9. World Cinema Strategies: Europe
10. No Fun Being a Pornographer: Ingmar Bergman and Nagisa Oshima
11. The 1970s: Exploitation Joins the Mainstream
12. Vixens and Valleys: Russ Meyer’s Cinema
13. British Smut
14. The Porn Revolution
15. Sex in the Mainstream: The 80s and 90s
16. Anything Goes: the 21st Century
17. The End of Sex: The New Puritanism
18. Painful Odysseys

Quote:
‘Forshaw gets under the skin of a topic. His writing is accessible and informed, dripping with detail, drawing on often surprising, striking and illuminating comparisons.’ – Dr Steven Peacock, Reader in Film and Television Aesthetics
‘Barry Forshaw brings his knowledge, intelligence and, above all else, passion to each of his books that expertly offer fresh insights.’ – Stephen Jones, award-winning editor
‘Forshaw is bang on about the films you already know but (even more importantly) makes you eager to track down and watch the lesser-known gems you haven’t seen.’ – Anne Billson, film critic
‘Forshaw offers fresh perceptions and quirky insights drawn from his considerable cultural range.’ – Ramsey Campbell, writer, film critic and editor
‘Barry Forshaw’s studies marry erudition with a film fan’s obvious relish.’ – Stephen Volk, screenwriter and novelist
‘Forshaw discovers many neglected pictures. His books are for pleasure and instruction, and then to keep on the reference shelf.’ – Philip French, The Observer
‘Formidably well-researched and erudite.’ – Daily Mail
‘The real value of this concise and comprehensive history of sex and censorship is the author’s astute psychological assessment of the personalities in front of and behind the camera, as well as those who have attempted to impose their sense of morality on the movies.’ – Good Book Guide

Sex and Film: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema
by Barry Forshaw
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (February 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137390042
ISBN-13: 978-1137390042

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