This visually-stunning, subversive religious satire was no different - the sacrilegious film was so excessive that no American distributor would touch it, and it did not receive a US video or DVD release - and it caused outrage when screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This stagy 3 act play-drama was actually an elaborate play within a play within a play, leading to some viewer confusion.
It was set and enacted during the 17th century court of young Cosimo de Medici Jonathan Lacey in a time when most women were barren and unable to reproduce. In the stricken town of Macon in France possibly suffering pestilence and disease, punishments from God , an older, ugly woman Diana van Kolck miraculously gave birth to a beautiful and healthy child, and the Woman's Daughter Julia Ormond schemed to claim the baby as her own "He is mine to keep". One of her reactions to the baby was incredulous: She invited townsfolk to inspect her genitals by looking under her dress as she laid back to verify her claims and to see that she was indeed a virgin "Examine me and I will shame you".
Reactions of some males were humorous: Skeptical, science-inclined "Joseph" Ralph Fiennes , the legitimized bastard son of the local Bishop, wished to disprove her claims, and believed she was possibly a whore who conceived out of wedlock. He needed to be convinced that the Daughter was indeed a virgin.
In a prolonged stable seduction scene, she offered herself to him "Treat me like a whore, and you will see me bleed, and then you will believe me". When he removed her clothes, she urged him to suck on her non-milk producing breasts and then deflower her: The child is not mine. I am a virgin! Look at what you can have for the asking.
Now take me, and your prick will be covered in blood. She then destroyed the bull with a scythe, leaving her body covered in blood. Aftermath of Death of Joseph Ralph Fiennes During Sex With the Daughter Julia Ormond As the scene opened up to the audience, jealously-offended and outraged church officials, including the irate Bishop Philip Stone , swore vengeance upon her and took the child from her, claiming she was an unfit mother. The clergy further grossly exploited the child selling the child's bodily fluids: To seek revenge, the Daughter suffocated the child with a pillow, an instance of infanticide.
The court sentenced the "Daughter of the Devil" to be violently and sado-masochistically raped hundreds of times - an historical and mathematically-calculated punishment based on multiples of the number The rape was conducted mostly off-screen on a bed behind a curtain by sanctified palace guards who were allowed "rightful vengeance" before her execution virgins couldn't legally be hanged. Execution wasn't necessary, however, for she had already died during the agonizing ordeal - her lifeless, bloodied naked body was rolled from a bed onto the floor.
And at the funeral of the Child, his body was stripped on an altar, and then dismembered. It was advertised with the tagline: She might even kill you. Rich Gardner Corey Haim , a Canadian ski resort worker Wes Corey Feldman , Rich's older half-brother just released from prison Megan Bower Nicole Eggert, pre-Baywatch , a snobby, blonde, pill-popping, wild-living, rich 17 year-old femme fatale teenager In the opening scene that occurred a year earlier, Megan's mother was mysteriously 'blown away' by a ticking car bomb planted under her gas tank that exploded and sent her car into a gas station causing another explosive fireball.
Soon enough, Rich and Megan were having sex repeatedly during a torrid affair. Hallway Stand-Up Sex with Megan Nicole Eggert Their first hot scene was in the hallway of her father's bedroom during a Hawaiian-themed party she hosted at her mansion after they first met. Against the wall, she purred to him in a skimpy white bikini: She later told him as they laid in bed: She kept urging him on with phrases such as: It was part of her conniving plan to have Rich want her even more and eventually to help her further her own ends.
Her plan was to kill her tyrannical, overprotective father Cy Jean Le Clerc , the ski resort manager. Her idea was to place an explosive time-bomb in Cy's motorbike's gas tank that exploded cliff-side, resulting in a fall to his death. Her double-crossing plan was that Rich would be framed for the murder and she would receive the family inheritance. Rich's dumped ex-girlfriend Darla Kathleen Robertson who ended up dead during a suspicious horse riding accident knew the real truth about Megan: A year earlier, the pop songstress had released her soft-core Sex book and her album Erotica.
It was one of Madonna's many film appearances that was severely criticized. She also enjoyed videotaped sex, to name just one of her obsessions. The film's tagline was, appropriately: Soon after, she was accused of killing him by using her body as a weapon - he expired while having sex with her.
As she later recalled during her trial, she acquired money from his will as a dutiful, sex-obsessed female: And it made me 8 million dollars! He could open up his own video-store. After a heart operation that cured him, he claimed that Rebecca left him. He departed the courtroom in shame after admitting that he had converted to homosexuality. She lured in her strait-laced defense lawyer Frank Dulaney Willem Dafoe who had a jealous redheaded wife named Sharon Julianne Moore into her wild style of sado-machochistic sex games.
Rebecca made love to him in an underground parking garage as he laid on a car hood covered with sharp light bulb fragments. She then proceeded to orgasmically grind against him for about a minute and a half - seen dimly and darkly through a filmy scrim. In her three-story glass houseboat, she also masturbated in front of him after wetting her middle finger and slipping it down inside her panties as she laid on the floor and opened up her white silk robe - while he claimed: He removed his tie and jacket, kneeled atop her, and kissed her.
Then, he roughly and angrily handcuffed her to a table, removed her panties, and had sex with her from behind. Rebecca Carlson Madonna in a Scene of Masturbation In the conclusion of the courtroom proceedings, she was found not guilty of killing her husband through sex.
During the trial, Marsh's secretary Joanne Braslow Anne Archer also admitted to having an affair with the deceased, casting doubt on Rebecca's guilt.
And Sharon dumped Frank due to the wax-burn marks on his chest and his prolonged disappearances. No longer needing Payley, crazed killer Rebecca dismissed him: This controversial, misogynistic film was originally contracted with Madonna and then Kim Basinger as the star, and settled by a multi-million dollar lawsuit in favor of the producer when Basinger backed out. In this R-rated art film, obsessive brilliant Atlanta surgeon Dr.
Nick Cavanaugh Julian Sands was shown to have a promiscuous and uncaring blonde-haired mother named Marion Meg Register who simultaneously teased, ignored and tormented him as a young boy. He developed problems with premature ejaculation before he became entranced by his vivacious, unattainable, bitchy and libertine neighbor Helena Sherilyn Fenn. Cavanaugh was able to experience a brief one-night affair with her in the past, but couldn't fathom being without his lustful desires for her after peeping at her through her window during a sensual evening tryst with her sleazy macho boyfriend Ray O'Malley Bill Paxton.
A Spied-Upon Tryst Between Helena Sherilyn Fenn and Ray Bill Paxton In the film's main plot, he took advantage of her when there was a terrible hit-run vehicular accident outside his palatial house the day after a party he hosted in his newly-acquired palatial home during which she sensuously twirled around in slow-motion in his outdoor fountain while stripped down to her black lingerie. He performed surgery on her and made her a 'Venus de Milo' amputee metaphorically and physically by first removing her damaged legs and then her arms to imprison her.
His behavior exhibited amputee fetishism known as acrotomophilia. To cover up his atrocious entrapment, he quit his hospital job, cut off all contact with the outside world, and attended to his imprisoned possession. Although still captive and dependent, she would continue to scorn and emasculate him with denouncements of his manhood, although eventually taught him with limbs in a dream sequence how a woman should be loved: A woman is something soft; something warm when you feel her.
When she's naked, when she's touched, discovered. You see that things happen inside of her. Sometimes a woman is sad. Sometimes she's angry, helpless, beautiful. She's still only that one woman. Talk to her - in deep whispers. Tell her what you're doing, what you see. Tell her you're inside of her. Tell her how it feels. When she's about to come, she'll grab for you. But don't let her come. She may touch herself. She's so sensitive now.
You can't be afraid. Later in a scene set to a Gregorian chant , the doctor had wild sex with call girl China Nicolette Scorsese in black lingerie while being watched through a cracked door by his captive, dismembered quadruple amputee female companion. One woman wants her out. One woman wants her. No Holds Barred aka Dark Confessions see later.
It told about another imprisoned woman, virginal Alexandra Morrison Kimberley Kates framed for drug possession planted cocaine in her bag and sent to a Czech prison for ten years while traveling through Eastern Europe. The exploitative prison was infested with drugs inmates were stripped and forced to sit at tables in an underground basement and package the powder into bags , gambling, debauchery such as bondage and prostitution.
Stripped Inmates - Packaging Drugs A stereotypical full-frontal shower scene was included and in another scene, one of the inmates credited as Junkie Girl Petra Susser was made a sex slave. The film ended with a full-scale prison assault to free the inmates.