Let’s talk about sex! About sex in cinema, that is. We start this series with an intriguing question: What to show and what to hide?
When addressing sexual themes or creating images of sexual content, film directors of different times and places have been confronted with restrictions and censorship. This forced them to find creative forms of storytelling to bring across their message. Other directors enjoy full artistic freedom, yet they still find it fruitful to play with the notion of suggestiveness. Could it be that the less you show, the sexier it gets? And what about the influence of #metoo: has it made movies more coy, safe, or even prudish?
About the lecture series ‘Film and Sexuality’
What does the representation of sex tell us about the filmmakers, the medium itself, and about the (historical) context in which a film was made? And, in turn, what influence has cinema on its audience, and thereby on societal norms and values? Kevin Toma (film critic De Volkskrant) and Mylaine Roelofs (film scientist) address those questions by showing and discussing movie-scenes, ranging from innocent kisses to those taking it ‘all the way’.
Free screenings ‘Film and Sexuality’ at Movie W
Art cinema Movie W screens Shame (English spoken, 11 November) and La vie d’Adèle (French spoken, Dutch subs, 22 November). Free entrance with your WUR-card.
Kevin Toma is a film journalist associated with, amongst others, De Volkskrant. He studied Film Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Mylaine Roelofs studied English Film and Literature at the University of Portsmouth and continued her studies with the master Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University.