“Sexuality is limited by taboos and the domain
of eroticism is that of the transgression of these taboos.” Georges Bataille
Since the first kiss recorded on film in 1896, erotic moving images have
stimulated viewers and outraged public bodies. This book explores the
meaning of eroticism and gives an overview of sex on the big screen by
exploring different forms of sexual behavior or taboo-breaking in film.
Included are intimate looks at ten of the most erotic movies ever made:
including Last Tango in Paris, Betty Blue, In the Realm of the Senses,
Romance, Law of Desire, Kids, Basic Instinct, Crash, The Night Porter
and Y Tu Mama Tambien. Coverage includes erotic films from the silent
era, pre-Code Hollywood, film noir, cheesecake and beefcake, the international
art cinema, softcore and hardcore X-rated films, gay, lesbian, and New
Queer Cinema, and the latest trend toward real sex in independent and
art films. Readers will be able to relive some of their favourite erotic
movie moments, and discover new ones as well.
The author: Douglas Keesey was educated at U.C. Berkeley (B.A.) and Princeton
(Ph.D.). He has published a book on Don DeLillo (Twayne), along with essays
on Thomas Pynchon, James Dickey, Stephen King and Peter Weir. He is a
professor of film and literature at California Polytechnic State University.
Keesey is also the author of TASCHEN's Paul Verhoeven.