Personal Best Everett Collection This movie made history by exploring a lesbian relationship between two Olympic track stars Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly. The relationship was incorporated into the struggles of training for the games. The scenes were considered explicit at the time but they helped pave the way for other high profile lesbian scenes like the famous scenes in Bound and Mulholland Drive. Mickey Rourke played John, an enigmatic businessman who seduces art assistant Elizabeth Kim Basinger.
It also has a memorable scene involving a refrigerator. It also opened up audiences to the idea of high profile erotic films like Basic Instinct and Body of Evidence.
It also helped establish more fair representations of gay men in cinema and did explore the issues facing homeless teens in the Pacific Northwest. However, this independent film brought that sexual freedom to American audiences. Holly Hunter plays a mute woman who engages in a romantic relationship with a local worker Harvey Keitel. The film did not shy away from nudity of both Hunter and Keitel and also uses the vehicle of sex to explore their relationship.
The film did work for audiences as it won three Oscars including, one for Hunter and one for a young Anna Paquin. Regardless of opinions, this film changed the way we see sex and nudity in films. It was notable for being released under the controversial NC rating but that only boosted interest in the film. It also features the squeaky clean TV favorite Elizabeth Berkley getting into some very graphic sexual exploits. The film helped to establish the commercial viability for films rated NC This film follows a young couple McGowan and Duval that meets a mysterious, violent drifter Schaech who drags them on the run.
Along the way, they end up in a bizarre three-way relationship. This film pushed the envelope by exploring more of a fluid sexuality and the complexities of polyamorous relationships. In the movie, a group of car crash survivors develop a sexual fetish for cars and crashes. It also included scenes of a graphic nature that pushed buttons with their level of violence, fluid sexuality, and just downright graphic nature.
Despite slightly sensationalizing fetishes, it did establish a precedent for exploring the subject matter in film. It was not the first time real sex had been incorporated in film but it was the first time it featured high profile actors. It definitely opened up a whole new realm of films. It incorporated real sex into the plot.
It not only shocked audiences with real sex but also incorporated it fairly seamlessly into the narrative.
Mitchell cast his actors and then established how they would use unsimulated sex to tell the story. The movie tells the story of a group of New Yorkers of various sexual orientations and interests engaged in romantic and sexual relationships.
Shortbus did help give the use of real sex in cinema legitimacy. The opening sequence of this comedy features a very realistic, yet humorous sex scene between Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm. This scene does a lot in making sex scenes feel less precious than most Hollywood films do, and show that the act can be humorous without relying on the broad comedy of films like American Pie. The nonstop barrage of sex was meant to feel less titillating and more excessive to illustrate the main character's struggle.
Even the famed frontal by Fassbender is meant to show a moment of vulnerability. This film helped establish that sex scenes do not need to be ostensibly disturbing or violent to show a strong negative emotion.
Like Shame, Nymphomaniac has helped to bring darker ideas about sex, and the portrayal thereof, closer to the mainstream and further away from the taboo in our modern society.