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The History of Sex on Film in Infographic Form

The History of Sex on Film in Infographic Form

As part of its “Spotlight on Sexploitation,” Fandor created this nifty infographic which highlights Sex and the Cinema‘s history, tracking sex on screen from “The Kiss” in the earliest days of cinema to “Blue is the Warmest Color.” 

As the smart folks at Fandor explain, “These boundary-pushing films arose with an air of sexual liberation in the 1960s. Sexploitation increasingly figured in the public eye as filmmakers took more risqué risks — even trying to be artistic! — until the early ’90s, when VCRs and cable TV brought outright porn fully into the privacy of homes.”

Explore exploitation films over at Fandor here.

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Bertolucci’s The Dreamers


Ever heard of "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"?


Missed Eadweard Muybridge’s 1887 nudie flicks like WOMAN WALKING DOWN A STAIRCASE (which I tried to link but this site thinks it’s "spammy"… when really it’s a nude woman walking down stairs jiggling all the way).

Daniella Isaacs

SUMMER WITH MONIKA with it’s skinny dipping nudity was likely Ingmar Bergman film seized by the vice squad of LA county (in 1955). Probably also the only one to play in US drive in movie theaters as an exploitation movie.


"9 songs", "basic instinct" and "repulsion" are missing on that list (I would put the french movie "le souffle au coeur" as well)


Wow! No mention of Intimacy a 2001 British film directed by Patrice Chéreau, starring Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox where they actually had sex on film.


No love for Basic Instinct?


Brokeback Mountain was tame. I remember a general consensus among critics who disliked the film remarked on how timid it was. It certainly didn’t deserve any of the controversy it garnered, and it never garnered much in the first place. The biggest controversy arose when it lose to the far more deserving Crash for Best Picture.

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